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Nelson & Baldface Valhalla

Ski & Snowboard

Trip Nelson & Baldface
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 Ride more vertical, more terrain, and more powder snow than you’ve ever

Step over the border into interior British Columbia and enjoy some of the best snow in North America. Experience a few stops on the powder highway as you join our friends at Mint Tours on this snowy Canadian adventure. Explore the slopes of Whitewater Ski Resort and Red Mountain, and make first-tracks down some of the best terrain of your life catskiing the Valhalla Range.

The Valhalla Range is a brand new cat-ski tenure nestled one valley over from Baldface. Their rugged neighbor features the same deep snow quality, with less established travel that lets you get back to nature. We’ve lined up a private snowcat just for our group, and you can be sure there’s plenty of untracked powder to go around with over 21,000 acres to roam. If you’ve been to Baldface before, you can expect the same good vibes and professional service that Baldface has offered for 20 years. Be one of the first to join us as we explore this awe-inspiring, high alpine terrain. Expect consistent fall-line descents with big mountain terrain features including chutes, cliffs, exposed lines, and just general gnar to take your riding to the next level!

We also check out two of our favorite BC ski areas; Red Mountain and Whitewater. These resorts play host to an enormous amount of freeride terrain with bowls, cliffs, pillows and tree runs all located in-bounds. Throughout the trip we stay in the town of Nelson, home to around 80 bars, restaurants and the legendary ski area of Whitewater. We stay downtown to live and breathe the Kootenay lifestyle with our homegrown guides and friends.

Please note: This trip is for advanced skiers and snowboarders

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Itinerary begins and finishes in different locations; please select multi-city flights to arrive in Ravaniemi, Finland and depart from Narvik, Norway.
  • 1
    Day number 1
    Day 1: Arrival Day

    The tour starts at the Spokane Airport. A driver will meet you and drive to the town of Nelson, nestled in the Selkirk Mountains along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. Nelson is one of the coolest towns in BC with a great mountain culture, many craft breweries, restaurants, galleries and some legendary snowboard shops including Tribute. You’ll stay in Nelson for the entire tour. After checking into our hotel, we’ll host you at a local pub where our guides will run you through the tour, weather, equipment, and answer any questions you have.
  • 2
    Day number 2
    Day 2: Whitewater

    After breakfast at the lodge, load up the van and drive to Whitewater for a warm-up day. This Kootenay mountain hideaway has some of the deepest, driest powder around and tends to milk more snow out of each storm than most places in the region. The terrain at Whitewater feels raw, almost like inbounds backcountry because of the mountain's unique topography and the resort's light touch on grooming. Expect steeps, top-to-bottom tree-runs and a local ski-hill vibe. Our head guide knows this place better than most as it’s his home mountain. After riding you can head back to the hotel, hit the hot tub, then it’s time to check out Nelson. We’ll head to the legendary snowboard store, Tribute and tick off a couple of Nelson’s craft breweries before dinner.
  • 3
    Day number 3
    Day 3: Baldface Valhalla Catski Day

    After breakfast, we depart Nelson and drive to the Baldface Valhalla staging area. At roughly 8:00am you'll meet your guide Hayden and learn what to expect for the day, which roughly translates into all time tree riding. At around 8:15 we'll load our private Mint cat and get on our way to the Valhalla tenure. We'll do a mountain safety training session and by 9:45 we'll be dropping into our first descent. You'll get a full day of epic mountain riding; the last run is called at 3:00pm. To keep everyone energized all day long you'll have a tasty lunch in the cat, and there's plenty of hand-made tasty snacks. After an epic day of riding we return to the shuttle. While we pass the time on the way back to the staging area, it's prime photo sharing time. We'll then drive back to Nelson and arrive around 5:30pm. In the evening, head out for dinner with your guides.
  • 4
    Day number 4
    Day 4: Whitewater

    Today we will spend another day riding at Whitewater. Join your guides for a day on the hill, followed by a classic après session on the deck overlooking the resort and incredible Ymir peak. In the evening join your guides for a night out in Nelson.
  • 5
    Day number 5
    Day 5: Red Mountain

    Today we will drive southwest of Nelson, and just North of the US-Canada border to ride at Red Mountain Resort. This B.C. resort is one of our long-time favorites for its light, dry snow, incredible steeps, and laid back friendly vibe. Riding at Red is also a great opportunity to get some cat ski runs under your belt that won’t break the bank! Red operates a snowcat to access the newly cut runs on Mt Kirkup that aren’t accessible by a chair lift. For just $10 a ride, you can access nearly 200 acres of gladed tree runs. We’ll have our local Red Mountain guides on-hand to show you all their secret spots. No trip to Red is complete without a post-shred beverage at the legendary on-mountain après spot, Rafters. Then we’ll make the short drive back to Nelson and head out for dinner.
  • 6
    Day number 6
    Day 6: Baldface Valhalla Catski Day

    After breakfast we depart Nelson for our second cat ski day at Baldface Valhalla. Today is our second and final day of epic shredding in the cat. The day runs similarly to the first day, however you can expect to start the first descent earlier around 9:00am and the last descent is called at 3:00pm. For our final night, head out into Nelson to celebrate after a huge week of riding some of the best terrain and pow in the world.
  • 7
    Day number 7
    Day 7:Departure Day

    We will transfer you to Spokane airport for your return home, or we can organize for you to extend your trip to another destination,
Trip Package Includes
  • 2 days of back-country shredding at Baldface Valhalla
  • Guide services and avalanche safety course for cat ski days
  • Mint guides on hand throughout tour
  • Transfers from Nelson to Baldface Valhalla
  • Lunches, snacks and use of backcountry safety equipment for cat ski days
  • 6 nights single share accommodation in a private lodge, private ensuite room
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Spokane Airport Transfers, arrival and departure day
  • 2 days resort transfers, Nelson to Whitewater
  • 1 day resort transfer, Nelson to RED Mountain
  • 2 guided days at Whitewater
  • 1 guided days at RED Mountain
  • 2 day lift ticket, Whitewater
  • 1 day lift ticket, RED Mountain
  • 20% discount code to (exclusions apply)
Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads
  • Most lunches and dinners, meals not listed under “includes” section
  • Hot springs entry fee
  • Alcohol
  • Ski, snowboard, or personal gear
  • Guide gratuities
  • Questions? Call or email us
Area Information


Nelson, also known as the ‘Queen City’, is often referred to as North America’s best ski town. Nestled in the Selkirk Mountains along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake, Nelson is a vibrant mountain town that lives and breathes recreation, culture, heritage and creativity. With the layout design of the town and the preserved heritage buildings dating back to the late 1800s, you can find art galleries, live music, cafes, brew pubs and restaurants, all within walking distance of each other as you make your way down the brightly decorated and historic Baker Street.

  • What happens once I book the trip?
    After you sign up for this tour, you will receive pre-trip emails from Mint Tours with specific information about your tour, the arrival and departure day process, information about the destination, packing suggestions, and other relevant information to help you prepare for your trip. Mint will send out a Pre Departure Guide 30 days prior to departure. Prior to the tour commencing you’ll be invited to a group chat which is managed by your tour manager and guides.
  • Is my departure guaranteed?
    Yes, this trip is guaranteed to run.
  • How do I meet up with the group?
    Once you’ve signed up for the tour we will send you through a comprehensive guide with details about the tour including the arrival and departure day process, a map of where we meet, recommended arrival and departure times, and transportation information.
  • What are the accommodations like?
    Throughout the tour you'll stay in a private lodge called The Savoy Hotel in the heart of Nelson. All rooms are single share ensuite rooms (1 person per room). The hotel has modern facilities including a hot tub and/or saunas so you can rest your legs after long days riding powder.
  • I am a beginner / intermediate / advanced level skier / snowboarder. Will there be terrain for me?
    This tour is best suited to advanced snowboarders who can ride powder snow, can make a variety of turn shapes and can traverse and hold speed. If you’re not sure, reach out to us to make sure the trip is the right fit for you. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride anything. If you have never ridden in powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the tour to learn. Canadian terrain has lots of glades and trees – please be prepared to ride in the trees.
  • Baldface Valhalla Safety & Skill Level Requirements
    Please read the below information to make sure this trip is right for you! SAFETY Wilderness skiing is not inherently safe and there are risks, dangers and hazards skiers must accept. Safety is our number one priority. Our guides strictly follow snowcat skiing industry standards for safety. All of our guides are ACMG, CAA, or CSGA certified and are wilderness first-aid caregivers. Once at the lodge, every guest will be given a transceiver and hands-on personal instruction on how to use it. We strongly urge our guests to listen carefully to their trained guides. Furthermore, all skiers are required to sign a comprehensive release of liability and waiver prior to participating in wilderness skiing with us. It is recommended that all skiers purchase travel or accident insurance. Your insurance broker can advise you as to what other types of insurance you may require, such as disability insurance and life insurance. REQUIRED SKILL LEVEL Baldface Valhalla’s terrain requires advanced to expert level powder skills in tight trees and variable natural snow conditions. Many of our runs feature technical entrances, with features such as pillows, drops and chutes. If you’re not sure, give us a call. The only way to guarantee the speed/ability levels of your group is to book an entire snowcat with like-minded friends. Guests will be riding up to 15,000 feet per day and need to be in good physical condition. Consider a conditioning program to prepare for your trip. If you are unable to keep up with the group you may be asked to sit out and will not be reimbursed for any missed time in the cat. Weather and ski conditions are impossible to predict so guests must be prepared to ride or ski anything. We do not groom any runs! If you have never boarded powder or shy away from it at your local resort, this is not the place to learn. Baldface terrain has lots of glades and trees – please be prepared to ride and ski in the trees! Alcohol or non-prescription drugs are not permitted while skiing or snowboarding. All participants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • What is the maximum number of guests on each trip?
    This trip will have a maximum of 10 guests.
  • Who are the guides?
    All of our tours are guided by friendly, knowledgeable and expertly trained guides who are passionate about the mountains.
  • Can I rent equipment?
    We can arrange rental equipment for most destinations, however we do recommend bringing your own equipment. We do recommend bringing powder boards for this tour.
  • Is trip insurance required?
    Yes. All guests on tour need to be covered by comprehensive travel insurance. Once you have booked on the tour, we strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance. We recommend World Nomads as they are the ultimate in travel protection and global emergencies and evacuations.
  • Do you have a deposit option, or is full payment due at time of booking?
    Full payment is due at the time of booking.
  • What if I need to change or cancel my trip?
    evo upholds Mint Tours’ terms and conditions for cancellation. Should you cancel your trip more than 90 days prior to departure, you will receive a refund minus a minimum fee of 10% (of total package) per person plus any charges levied by ground operators, hotels, airlines or lift companies. A cancellation made within 90 days before departure will incur a 100% cancellation fee of the total booking amount. If you are booked on a tour that has been canceled due to the pandemic, or borders are closed to the country where the tour is based, you will have the option to receive a refund of monies paid or take a travel credit of 100% of price paid. These options exclude flights and insurance as they will have their own booking conditions.
  • More questions? Call us!
    Our team would love to help answer any additional questions you have! We are available every day from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (PST) From the US and Canada, dial: 1.866.386.1590 // Worldwide: Dial Country Exit Code + 1.206.632.7598 Or send us an email at: [email protected]
"I've been on 6 Mint Tours (and counting) and cannot recommend the company highly enough. Whether you need a crew to ride with, want to know where the best powder is hidden or want to progress your skills you will be in safe hands with Mint."
Nicole T
Trip Guest
“Just finished my 4th Mint Tour in 7 years. Each one I have been on I have been blown away by the quality of customer service from the team, no detail left to think about. I've always gotten the best snow conditions and spots to ride from an array of pro snowboarders and local guides alike.”
Mitchell C
Trip Guest
"Just returned from a trip riding and finding powder daily with Mint. 3rd trip with Mint and won’t be the last. Cheers for another great one Jarred."
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