If you like to spend your winter break charging through waist-deep powder, you’ll meet your match with our newest Canadian adventure. 

The clue is in the name with the BC Powder Experience. With an incredible 40% off-piste terrain, Whitewater is renowned for powder hunting and its remote nature means that you won’t be held back by any long queues. The location also makes it one of the best snow zones in Canada, far enough from the coast to get dry powder but close enough to get plenty of snowfall.

Ski Club leader John Haddon will be on hand to help skiers explore countless fun and challenging routes across the Kootenay Mountain region. He says: “The skiing is a mix of steep chutes, long gladed runs and challenging moguls. Everything is near the tree line so there’s always good visibility.”

The BC Powder Experience trip includes three days with mountain guides in resort followed by two days of guided cat skiing which will grant you access to those hard-to-reach powder stashes. Think of a cat as a glorified chairlift: dry, warm and comfortable, but with no queues and no pistes. Cat skiing is a fantastic way to access untouched Canadian powder and many people prefer it to heliskiing as there’s no time pressures, and it’s almost weather independent. The resort itself has a traditional community feel which makes it easy to unwind and relax, and the locals are quick to make visitors feel at ease. You can expect service with a genuine smile.

John Johnson

After seven days in Whitewater, there is more premium off piste action to be found at nearby Red Mountain. Following a lift expansion in 2013, the resort allows lift access to a total of 2,787 acres of terrain which means advanced off-piste skiers are spoilt for choice exploring the landscape.  

“Red Mountain is one of my favourite resorts,” says John. “It is unbeatable with fresh powder and has masses of excellent tree skiing. It is deceptively large and almost every inch is skiable.”

This holiday includes twelve nights of bed and breakfast, a private mini bus for the entirety of the trip, two days cat skiing, three with a mountain guide and ten days with a Ski Club Leader. 

John says: “In Canada I’ve had some of my best ever touring powder runs, unbeatable tree skiing and the most consistently challenging quality powder skiing over decades. I’m looking forward to the trip because it combines two superb ski areas with cat skiing and ski touring, giving us the potential to experience the very best that Canada has on offer.”

This holiday is suitable for skiers with an advanced plus or expert level of experience as routes will cover challenging terrain and require a good level of fitness. Skiers should be able to ski all day with an hour’s rest at lunch and expect that there may be some skinning involved.  

For more information about this Freshtracks trip to Canada, visit our holiday page.

You can also find more information about Red Mountain and Whitewater in our resort guides.