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The Powder Rush

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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 included 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.
Your group
Travel with other 18-35 year olds from around the world
Our trips are exclusively 18-35. This means you'll be travelling with people just like you, from all over the world- laughter and friendships always guaranteed.
Experiences
1 included, 19 optional that you can add
We'll take you on a sightseeing tour of Vancouver, visit the Capilano suspension bridge and take you on a Gondola ride in Banff. (Lift passes and gear aren't included but there will be plenty of time for skiing, snowboarding, sledding or hot chocolates.
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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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DAY 1 - Arrive Vancouver
Vancouver

Hello snow angels and welcome to Canada for 8 days you won't be forgetting anytime soon. Check in to our digs and start rubbing shoulders with the crew you'll cover this country with. Spend the afternoon exploring Chinatown and the famous totem poles of the First Nations in Stanley Park, or do a bit of shopping along Robson Street. Vancouver is yours to lap up as you please. Get to know the squad over dinner tonight, then if you're in town at the right time, we might head to the hockey rink to watch the Vancouver Canucks do their thing on the ice. 

DAY 2 - Vancouver to Whistler
Vancouver

Out of Vancouver, we journey north in search of the mecca of snowsports that is Whistler, via the stunning Sea to Sky Highway. En route, grab your included ticket and we’ll stop to cross the mighty Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches 70 metres above a roaring river, and walk amongst the treetops of a magical old-growth forest breathing in your first taste of fresh Canadian mountain air. Ahhh.

Whistler

As gondolas float between snow-capped mountain peaks, this cosy village buzzes with life and powdery flakes coat everything in sight. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with what is essentially North America’s largest ski resort, perhaps via snowmobile or zip line, before tucking in to a scrumptious (if we do say so ourselves) dinner with the crew.

DAY 3 - Whistler
Whistler

It's slopes o'clock! Whether you’re a beginner bound for the bunny hill or a black run bandit who owns the terrain park, Whistler’s diverse grounds have you covered. Rent a board or a set of skis (or if you've brought your own then that's cool with us), then let us hook you up with a deal on a lesson and get ready to shred. If you’ve got the energy for après, there could even be a pub crawl on the cards tonight.

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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
DAY 4 - Whistler
Whistler

If you’re not keen to drag your aching body back up the mountain today, there’s plenty to do downtown. Take a stroll through the snow, pamper yourself at a day spa or just maintain a steady flow of hot chocolates and watch the world go by. For those back up the mountain, the same deal as yesterday applies, pow pow! Tonight, re-group with the crew to discuss just how awesome this mountain playground is over dinner. Tomorrow, a new spot beckons...let's do this.

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Snowmobiling
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Ski or Boarding - 2 day lift pass
Full Day Lesson (includes equipment rental, 1-day lift pass & ski or snowboard lessons)
DAY 5 - Whistler to Banff
Whistler

After an included breakfast, it’s time to farewell Whistler’s perfect powder and jump on a plane to Calgary so we can head to the other-worldly beauty of Banff National Park.

Banff

You may have seen photos of Banff on your computer’s desktop background, but nothing can prepare you for how ridiculously good-looking it is in real life. It’s been a long day of travel, so dinner’s on us – eat up and get some rest so you can jump out of bed early tomorrow and explore.

DAY 6 - Banff
Banff

Banff is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, so if you feel like getting nose-deep in powder again, you have three resorts to choose from - Mt Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine all offer a solid mix of relaxed and adventurous terrain.The town’s epic range of bars means there are countess places to choose from should you be keen to burn the candle at both ends. 

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Helicopter Flight
CAD $ 183.56
Ski or Boarding - 1 day lift pass
Ski or Boarding - 2 day lift pass
DAY 7 - Banff
Banff

Soak up Banff’s beauty from another angle today – perhaps take a helicopter ride over the snow-laden mountains, or go for a hike on the Johnston Canyon Icewalk which can only be described as spectacular. With thundering waterfalls, imposing cliffs and ice tenticles everywhere, it's a perilous nature lovers paradise. Of course for some the mountain is always going to call, so try out a new resort or head back to one of your favourites. Come the evening, we could re-group and soak our bones in the hot springs, swaping stories of our day.

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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
DAY 8 - Banff
Banff

Those sick of riding downhill will be pleased to note they can give cross-country skiing a whirl at Sunshine, or if you want to make someone else do all the work, consider a spot of dog-sledding. Get arty in the afternoon at one of the town's many galleries. Over a drink tonight we will contemplate some seriously epic days of wintery wonder.

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Dog Sledding
DAY 9 - Banff to Calgary
Banff

What better way to bid Banff farewell than a group gondola ride up to Sulphur Mountain. This could possibly be one of the best views you'll ever see, and the highest views in the Rockies at 2281m overlooking the Boy Valley. Afterwards, we’ll hit the road again and head to Calgary where the tour will come to an end - sob.

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Kate Gardiner
Traveled Feb 2019
affordable, helpful and amazing
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Kandice Stones
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Value for money#epicadventures
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Juliet Brown
Traveled Jan 2019
Same as my customer experience response. Great with minimal improvement. Although i forgot to mention it would be nice to have better breakfast options in whistler - i couldn't eat the big breakfast and fruit and yogurt isn't the most filling before a long day on the slopes!
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Lisa Edwards
Traveled Apr 2018
Accomodation on tour was amazing (more luxurious than my previous Contiki trips). Whistler hotel in particular was in a great location meaning we could easily walk to the ski lifts. The optional extras available were all fantastic (particularly dog sledding and snowmobiling) and were good value for money. Would have been nice to spend a little more time at Lake Louise.
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Anonymous
Traveled Apr 2018
Perfect amount of time to spend in Whistler and Banff
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Craig Smith
Traveled Apr 2018
Great value for money as was organised for you
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Anonymous
Traveled Apr 2018
I was a little disappointed that the buses didn't have contiki on them. There were lots of additional options. I like variety, but it would be nice if some options, eg the Banff gondola and Canada fly over were included.
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Emily Longworth
Traveled Apr 2018
Just great and so cheap it’s really for everyone
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Alex Kirkwood
Traveled Mar 2018
Wonderfully structured and organised to make the most of the time in each place, awesome free-time options that really make the trip one of a lifetime...!
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Thomas Woods
Traveled Mar 2018
For the quality of the hotels, coaches and included meals I felt like this trip was great value.
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Amber Westerhout
Traveled Feb 2018
New found love for snowboarding
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Anonymous
Traveled Feb 2018
The trip was awesome, lifetime adventure
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Kodie Spiekman
Traveled Jan 2018
Exactly what I paid for, accommodation was very high standard
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Renae Mountford
Traveled Jan 2018
Amazing trip for its locations, time at each destination and was affordable for what was included. Great experience and awesome purchase! Highly recommend!
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Dion De Luca
Traveled Dec 2017
Good amount of activities and people. Would be good to have a bit more diversity with the people
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Anonymous
Traveled Dec 2017
Our trip leader Jen was fantastic! Heaps of free time and just an awesome itinerary overall. There's a reason so many of us had traveled with Contiki many times over!
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Tonia Prohoroff
Traveled Dec 2017
Great value for money, we’ll worth it
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Anonymous
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Skiing was great location amazing
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Jeffrey Corven
Traveled Jul 2017
Awesome tour! Great places!
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Sarah Eustace
Traveled Mar 2017
This was my second Contiki but my 19th country I have visited and this trip was hands down the best one I have done! I had an amazing tour manager (Alex) and I made life long friends. It had incredible inclusions and optionals to choose from! The hotels were beautiful and we were well looked after in every aspect. Never a dull moment on this entire trip. I wish it could've lasted a lifetime!
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