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The Powder Rush

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The one that sees you carving up the slopes & still have time to explore

Duration
9 Days
Places
4 places

Visiting Vancouver, Whistler, Banff, Calgary

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Ski & Snowboard

Highlights

  • Ski or Boarding - 1 day lift pass
  • Ski or Boarding - 2 day lift pass
  • Full Day Lesson (includes equipment rental, 1-day lift pass & ski or snowboard lessons)
  • Only $200 deposit to secure your spot today
  • Full payment not required until 45 days before travel.
  • Change your travel dates or even your trips for free
  • Can't travel? Save your deposit for a new trip or gift it to a mate
  • We accept Mastercard, Visa, PayPal

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What's included?

8 nights accommodation

4 nights in Hotel, 4 nights in Contiki Special Stay

Hotels and chalets are the name of the game. Think warm, comfy beds and lively communal areas for you and your new travel buddies to socialise.

11 Meals

5 Dinner, 6 Breakfast

We'll get 11 of your meals and you get the rest. You can refuel over breakfast and grab some hearty dinners from us but you'll also get an opportunity to sample some of the best gourmet fare on the hill.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

1 included, 19 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Cozy up in the buzzing village of Whistler, ogling at gondolas floating between snow capped peaks 
- Take in the beauty of Banff in the famous Rocky Mountains, seeing thundering waterfalls and ice tentacles on the Johnston Canyon hike*
- Warm up with a dip in a natural hot spring*
- Peel back the layers of energetic Vancouver, chowing dim sums in China Town or shopping the tantalising Robson Street
- Get acquainted with your fellow snow angels over five included dinners throughout the trip
- Sign up for the quintessential American winter experience of snowmobiling

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
Love the mountain life, but love exploring too? This group adventure is a holiday plus ski or boarding trip all rolled into one epic trip - the perfect winter experience at some of the Canada’s best winter destinations. Carve it up!

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The Powder Rush

1 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Reach new heights on a gondola ride in Banff

19 Free Time Add-Ons

The things that worth to be done on this trip

  • Ski or Boarding - 1 day lift pass
  • Ski or Boarding - 2 day lift pass
  • Full Day Lesson (includes equipment rental, 1-day lift pass & ski or snowboard lessons)
  • Pub Crawl CAD $37.00
  • Snowmobiling
  • Ski or Boarding - 1 day lift pass
  • Ski or Boarding - 2 day lift pass
  • Full Day Lesson (includes equipment rental, 1-day lift pass & ski or snowboard lessons)
  • Helicopter Flight CAD $ 183.56
  • Ski or Boarding - 1 day lift pass
  • Ski or Boarding - 2 day lift pass
  • Helicopter Flight CAD $ 183.56
  • Ski or Boarding - 1 day lift pass
  • Ski or Boarding - 2 day lift pass
  • Dog Sledding
  • Johnston Canyon Icewalk
  • Hot spring dip
  • Dog Sledding
  • Reach new heights on a gondola ride in Banff

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
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1 night
Vancouver
3
3 nights
Whistler
4
4 nights
Banff
Calgary
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain American trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter the USA and Canada on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. You can find more info at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.

Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of
your trip and will result in you incurring considerable expense and
inconvenience
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home
• It is essential that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our American trips you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73 x 50 x 25 cm (or 29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) & one piece of hand luggage.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. Their passion for getting you in the know on every single detail of America is what makes our travellers walk away from their experience knowing that they made every moment count. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in North America. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Tipping is customary in North America. It is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. It’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service provided has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around US$3 per person per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

We love WiFi, and keeping your accounts updated as you travel is key! The hotels all have WiFi where you can access your email to let your friends & family know you have arrived safely in Los Angeles, or email after your trip with all your stories.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. In the USA & Canada we have programmes such as our Wheels For Change program, FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto. To find out more about our conscious travel experiences in North America, visit Contiki.com/about/contikicares.

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