Great White North 2021-22

Start: Vancouver Finish: Banff

Visiting: Vancouver, Whistler, Big White Mountain, Banff


Duration: 9 Nights

Physical rating: Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Please contact Topdeck with any specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Topdeck

Group size: 10 - 39

Age range: 18-39

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1348

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Tour Overview

Is this trip for me: GLITTERING. OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD. THRILLING.
This is more than a skiing holiday. This? This is your once-in-a-lifetime pass to 10 days of incredible. Explore the big guns of Canada's ski towns. Venture through awe-inspiring Alpine passes. Visit breath-taking glacial lakes. Hit new heights over towering mountains. And slip, slide, ski, speed or snowmobile your way down the slopes of Whistler, Big White and Banff's Big 3. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, it's time to throw your inhibitions out of the window and join a group of Topdeckers for a week of snow-capped awesomeness. This is your chance.

Highlights

  • iconEntry to Banff National Park
  • iconOrientation tour of Banff
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  • iconPeak 2 Peak Gondola pass in Whistler
  • iconEntry to Glacier National Park
  • iconOrientation tour of Whistler
  • iconDrive the jaw-dropping Sea to Sky Highway

Places You'll See

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icon Day 1: Vancouver, British Columbia to Whistler

Location: Vancouver

Meals: Dinner

This is it. The OG of ski holidays. The big kahuna. The snow-dusted Canadian adventure you've been dreaming of. Meet the crew in Vancouver and get excited over how incredible the next 10 days are going to be. Plug in the AUX cord and press play on the banging tunes as we journey along the famed Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Cue: jaw-dropping views and 'holy sh*t' worthy scenery. Then: roll into the holy grail of ski resort towns. Get your bearings on a walk around with your Trip Leader, then the afternoon is up to you. Grab a group photo with the Olympic Rings. Check out the legendary Whistler Mountain Bike Park or head to a local watering hole and make a plan for your free day tomorrow. Later, get to know the who's who of the group at tonight's included dinner - we might be a mixed bunch, but we're all in it together.

icon Day 2: Whistler

Location: Whistler

Meals: Breakfast

This is what you came for. This place is a snow-fanatic's ultimate fantasy. And you've got 48 hours to experience everything this place has to offer. Whether you're a first-timer or a seasoned pro, ask your Trip Leader for the best slopes for you - then hit the powder! Still finding your ski legs? You can lock in some lessons if you like. If you're here for the views (minus the effort), we've got your back with an included Peak 2 Peak Gondola pass. Connecting the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains - it's the world record holder for the longest AND highest lift. Plus, you get access to both mountains. Meaning? More take-your-breath-away views to fill your SD card with. Tonight, gather the gang for dinner and share all the thrills and spills of your first day.

icon Day 3: Whistler

Location: Whistler

Meals: Breakfast

This is your day, your way. So, make every second count. Our suggestion? Get involved in some optional ziplining. There are different choices for different levels of crazy - including The Sasquatch: the longest zipline in Canada and USA. Or take to the slopes for round two. Still ploughing the baby slopes? After a few more optional lessons, you'll be carving in no time! Later, head to one of the local après-ski bars for a beverage with the gang - they're some of North America's best.

icon Day 4: Whistler to Big White

Location: Big White Mountain

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hit the après-skis a little too hard last night? DW you'll have plenty of time to gather your strength as we take the scenic route through Fraser Valley and over the Coquihalla Pass. Our destination? Big White Ski Resort. Take a stroll around the village with your in-the-know Trip Leader before we tuck into another included meal with the gang. Later, you can hit up a local haunt for some live music or just sit back and savour some 'me time' - you'll need energy for tomorrow. Trust us.

icon Day 5: Big White

Location: Big White Mountain

Like the name so blatantly suggests: Big White is a big deal. And it's not just a winter wonderland for the slope-bunnies. We're talking snowshoe tours. Ice-skating. Ice-climbing. Sleigh-riding. Fat-biking (the tires are fat, not you). Or you can just do the obvious and hit the slopes to test out your mean skills. Don't worry if your confidence hasn't hit 100% yet - lessons are still available, no matter what level you are. Don't waste a second. Get out there and do your own spontaneous this-is-what-I-came-here-for thing. Warm up later in a local après-ski and get chatting with your fellow travellers - they're bound to have some stories and tips to share!

icon Day 6: Big White

Location: Big White Mountain

Another day, another chance to flaunt your ski moves. Prepare to shred (or not). DW you'll be taking on red runs in no time. Give your legs a breather and head to the Happy Valley Adventure Park for a high-speed snow-tubing session. Your body will thank you later. Or if you fancy a change in scenery, there's an optional snowmobile tour of British Columbia's B-E-A-U-tiful backcountry on the cards too. Tonight, gather your trip mates and swap stories of epic trails (or epic fails) over dinner. Or give night skiing a go. This is your chance.

icon Day 7: Big White to Banff, Alberta

Location: Banff

Meals: Dinner

Another day, another jaw-dropping drive through the wilderness. This time, we'll take the Trans-Canada Highway through Yoho and Glacier National Parks. But first: a quick stop at Lake Louise. You might recognise this one from your #wanderlust feeds (or Apple screensaver). One of the most stunning glacially-fed lakes in the Canadian Rockies - take some time to check out allll the viewpoints and maybe even go skating over the frozen crazy-blue surface. Tick off your third National Park for the day as we roll into Banff. After an orientation tour, dinner tonight is on us. Thank us later. Tonight, get the gang together and whip out your best impersonation of a dancing sasquatch at a local bar.

icon Day 8: Banff

Location: Banff

Meals: Breakfast

Banff is National Geographic on steroids. Like serious Schwarzenegger steroids. And you've got 48 hours to see it all. First choice: which world-class ski resort are you going to head to. Banff Sunshine. Lake Louise. Or Mt Norquay? Combined, they cover over 8,000 acres of ski slopes with 2 gondolas and 26 chairlifts. Play eenie, meenie, miney, mo and get going! Or you could ride the Sulpher Mountain Gondola for insane views over the sweeping mountain ranges. This is what you came for. Later, swap the adrenaline rush for a sugar rush - beaver tail, anyone?

icon Day 9: Banff

Location: Banff

Meals: Breakfast

Ok - nobody panic. But it's your last full day in the Great White North. So make it count. Confident? Ditch the lessons and hit up the beginner-friendly Strawberry Express. Or if you're up for the challenge, head up to Lookout Mountain for some alpine skiing and incredible views (obvs). Want a memory that's sure to last? Take to the skies with an optional Heli Tour of the Columbia Icefields. Glaciers. Waterfalls. Alpine lakes. And towering peaks. See it all - plus there's a snowshoe adventure too. Haven't tried poutine yet? Go now. Later, gather the gang for a dance battle and give this incredible adventure the send-off it deserves.

icon Day 10: Banff (or shuttle to Calgary)

Location: Banff

Meals: Breakfast

That's a wrap, folks. You came. You saw. You conquered (the slopes). And now it's time to make your exit from Calgary. Sticking around? We don't blame you. Swap those Insta handles - you'll need them to organise that summer reunion trip.

What's Included

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    Meals

    6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 3 dinners

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    Transport

    Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi

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    Fully Guided

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    Accommodation

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    Guide

What's Not Included

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    Country Entry Visas

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    International Travel

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    Low Deposit

    Topdeck requires a deposit of 60 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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Reviews

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Great White North 2021-22
Excellent Excellent;
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Anonymous

29-Jan-2018

Great White North 2021-22
Great locations for snowboarding and hitting up the bars after. Great locations for snowboarding and hitting up the bars after.

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Anonymous

24-Jan-2018

Great White North 2021-22
I love snow and snowboarding and this trip went to all of the places I wanted to ride. The accommodation was awesome, the discounts and deals they had organised for ....more I love snow and snowboarding and this trip went to all of the places I wanted to ride.

The accommodation was awesome, the discounts and deals they had organised for us were great and I loved having a whole group of people to ride with everyday.

It was also awesome being able to get between all of these resorts without having to drive on icy roads.

I was happy to have the skills of our driver taking on the scary roads!!; ....less
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Alexandra M

01-Feb-2018

Great White North 2021-22
Good Good;
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Anonymous

15-Mar-2018

Great White North 2021-22
Had so much fun and tour guide and bus driver were excellent Had so much fun and tour guide and bus driver were excellent;
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Lisa F

29-Jan-2018

Great White North 2021-22
Well organised and great leader Well organised and great leader;
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Brittany P

24-Jan-2018

Great White North 2021-22
Great snow sports specific trip. Spent a decent amount of time at each ski resort. Optional extras were amazing (ie, snowmobiling, dog sledding, zip lining). Great snow sports specific trip.

Spent a decent amount of time at each ski resort.

Optional extras were amazing (ie, snowmobiling, dog sledding, zip lining).

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Andrew W

02-Aug-2018

Great White North 2021-22
Tour operator was not organised. AT Whistler we were given meal vouchers as nothing was pre booked. At Kelowna it was stated that we could go to watch Ice Hockey, ....more Tour operator was not organised.

AT Whistler we were given meal vouchers as nothing was pre booked.

At Kelowna it was stated that we could go to watch Ice Hockey, but we weren't able to; ....less
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Anonymous

17-Feb-2019

Great White North 2021-22
The trip was lots of fun stopping at good destinations The trip was lots of fun stopping at good destinations;
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Juma Jo

25-Mar-2018

Great White North 2021-22
Having done other ski tours with Contiki, I was so surprised as to the lack of organisation I received with TopDeck. Lost 3 days of skiing time due to products ....more Having done other ski tours with Contiki, I was so surprised as to the lack of organisation I received with TopDeck.

Lost 3 days of skiing time due to products (lessons and guides) being unavailable as Topdeck had nothing put aside with the resorts.

Could write an essay about the stuff ups experienced on this trip but it would take up too many words.

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Anonymous

15-Feb-2019

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