The Powder Rush (Winter 2025-2026)

The Powder Rush (Winter 2025-2026)

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The Powder Rush (Winter 2025-2026)

9 Days Starting in Vancouver (BC) and ending in Calgary

Visiting: Vancouver, Whistler, Calgary, Banff

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

SKIR20

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

12 - 52

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours, Budget

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$2565
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Tour Overview

The one that sees you carving up the slopes & still have time to explore. 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 Canada’s best winter destinations. Carve it up!

Highlights

  • Vancouver: Get your head in the clouds as you walk across this epic piece of engineering.

  • Whistler: Ski snowboard walk toboggan or just party at the ‘apres-ski’ in this legendary winter resort.

  • Banff: Cameras at the ready folks! On our first day we’ll visit Canada’s first ever National Park – known for its colorful lakes and beautiful mountains.

  • Meet the newest additions to your Contiki wolf pack and support the sanctuary’s amazing work.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Start Vancouver

Location: Vancouver

Accommodation: Hotel, Belmont (Twin-Share)

Accommodation Name: YWCA Hotel Vancouver

Meals Included: Dinner

We’ll start out with a guided tour of Vancouver (including visits to Stanley Park and the legendary Totem Poles.) You’ll then have free time to explore the city, plus the chance to experience FlyOver Canada, Canada’s ultimate flying ride. In the afternoon, we’ll visit the mighty Capilano Suspension Bridge (tickets included) and then take a walk amongst the treetops of a magical old-growth forest – soothing our minds and souls with that fresh Canadian mountain air. After that, 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

Location: Vancouver, Whistler

Accommodation: Pangea Pod Hotel (Multi-Share)

Accommodation Name: Pangea Pod Hotel (Multi-Share)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Out of Vancouver, we journey north in search of the mecca of snowsports that is Whistler, via the stunning Sea to Sky Highway. 
As gondolas float between snow-capped mountain peaks, this cozy village buzzes with life and powdery flakes coat everything in sight. If you want a great view and an adrenaline rush, then choose to fly through the skies on a zipline. We’ll also have the chance to explore these wondrous slopes by snowmobile too. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with what is essentially North America’s largest ski resort, before tucking in to a scrumptious (if we do say so ourselves) dinner with the crew.

Day 3: Whistler

Location: Whistler

Accommodation: Pangea Pod Hotel (Multi-Share)

Accommodation Name: Pangea Pod Hotel (Multi-Share)

Meals Included: Breakfast

It's slopes o'clock! Whether you’re a beginner bound for the bunny hill or a blackcomb 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. Then if you’ve got the energy for après, there could even be a pub crawl on the cards tonight.

Day 4: Whistler

Location: Whistler

Accommodation: Pangea Pod Hotel (Multi-Share)

Accommodation Name: Pangea Pod Hotel (Multi-Share)

Meals Included: None

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, enjoy free time to find a spot for dinner and reflect on just how awesome this mountain playground is. Tomorrow, a new spot beckons...let's do this.

Day 5: Whistler To Banff

Location: Whistler, Vancouver, Calgary, Banff

Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share)

Accommodation Name: Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share)

Meals Included: Dinner

It’s time to say goodbye to Whistler’s perfect powder and jump on a plane to Calgary so we can head to the other-worldly beauty of Banff National Park.
Flight time. With heads full of breathtaking British Columbian scenery, we'll board a quick flight to Calgary. 
Almost there. Just a picturesque drive to go before we touch down in 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

Location: Banff

Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share)

Accommodation Name: Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Banff is nestled in the Rocky Mountains, so if you feel like exploring, you have three resorts to choose from – Mt Norquay, Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. Don’t miss the opportunity to travel by dog sled today too. And if you’re keen to burn the candle at both ends, you can spend tonight exploring Banff’s epic range of bars.

Day 7: Banff

Location: Banff

Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share)

Accommodation Name: Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share)

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 favorites. Come the evening, we could regroup and swap stories of our day.

Day 8: Banff

Location: Banff

Accommodation: Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share)

Accommodation Name: Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Those sick of riding downhill will be pleased to note they can give cross-country skiing a whirl at Sunshine. 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.

Day 9: Banff To Calgary

Location: Banff, Calgary

Meals Included: Breakfast

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 Bow Valley. 
We'll stop for a visit to the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary – a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience designed to leave you feeling as wholesome as can be at the end of your Canadian adventure. Afterwards, we’ll hit the road again and head to Calgary where we'll say it's not farewell, it's just see you later.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    4 nights in Hotels, 4 nights in Special Stay is included.

  • Fully Guided

    Expert Trip Manager & Driver Team is included.

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners is included.

  • Transport

What's Not Included

  • Ski Equipment Rental

    Ski or snowboard equipment rental is not included but can be arranged.

  • Optional Activities

    Activities such as ziplining, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and helicopter rides are available at an additional cost.

  • Some Meals

    Not all meals are covered, providing an opportunity to explore local cuisine on your own.

  • Personal Expenses

    Any personal expenses, such as souvenirs or additional snacks, are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is highly recommended but not included in the package.

Mode of Transport

Travel through Canada's breathtaking landscapes by plane from Whistler to Calgary and explore the wonders of Vancouver, Whistler, and Banff with guided tours and ample free time for adventure.

Accommodation

Stay in a mix of twin-share Belmont and multi-share Pangea Pod Hotel & Tunnel Mountain Resort, offering a unique blend of comfort and adventure in iconic Canadian locations.

Check out our Q&As

  • What is the starting location of The Powder Rush tour?

    The starting location of The Powder Rush tour is Vancouver (BC).

  • What are the tags associated with The Powder Rush tour?

    The tags associated with The Powder Rush tour include Beach Tours, Photography, Adrenaline Sports, Hiking, and Budget.

  • What are the exclusions in The Powder Rush tour package?

    The exclusions in The Powder Rush tour package include ski equipment rental, optional activities such as ziplining and snowmobiling, some meals, personal expenses, and travel insurance.

  • Which countries does The Powder Rush tour visit?

    The Powder Rush tour visits Canada.

  • Are meals included in The Powder Rush tour?

    Yes, some meals are included in The Powder Rush tour, but not all meals are covered, providing an opportunity to explore local cuisine on your own.

  • What type of accommodations are provided in The Powder Rush tour?

    The accommodations provided in The Powder Rush tour include the Belmont (Twin-Share) in Vancouver and the Pangea Pod Hotel (Multi-Share) in Whistler. In Banff, guests stay at the Tunnel Mountain Resort (multi-share).

  • What activities are available during The Powder Rush tour?

    Activities available during The Powder Rush tour include skiing, snowboarding, walking, tobogganing, partying at the 'apres-ski' in Whistler, exploring the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and visiting Banff National Park. Optional activities at an additional cost include ziplining, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and helicopter rides.

  • What is the ending location of The Powder Rush tour?

    The ending location of The Powder Rush tour is Calgary.

  • What are the highlights of The Powder Rush tour?

    The highlights of The Powder Rush tour include walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, skiing or snowboarding in Whistler, visiting Canada's first National Park in Banff, and meeting the newest additions to your group while supporting a sanctuary's work.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

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Northern Choice plus Kaikoura

16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Sophie  

Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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Trusted Customer  

First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Trusted Customer  

Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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Tanner Stokes  

My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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    Contiki requires a minimum deposit of 200 USD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 60 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of contiki charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 25% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 75% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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