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Canada for Adventurous Skiers

Canada is open for skiing and, if you’re up for the trip of a lifetime, there is a whole lot on offer this winter with the adventure ski specialist Mabey Ski.

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The company’s bucket list trips include yacht-based heli skiing, CAT skiing by the ocean and backcountry clinics for skiers and snowboarders looking to avoid the crowds.

You’ll need deep pockets but with many of us having missed out on winter holidays for two years, perhaps you have the budget and are ready to splash out on something special.

The British-owned and operated Mabey Ski specialises in winter experiences beyond the norm.

And it’s not just Canada.

There are trips to Norway, Italy and Japan too.

“While a lucky few may have got a few turns in last winter, most British skiers missed out on the 2020/21 ski season due to the pandemic,” says Nickie Mabey.

“After two disrupted ski seasons we know that British skiers are looking for more than just a ‘typical’ ski holiday – they want to escape the crowds, they’re looking for unusual experiences and an adventure.

“We spend time getting to know our guests to ensure each experience is tailored to them, whether they’re joining a hosted trip or embarking on a new adventure designed specifically for them.” 

Whistler and the Wilderness 

Get off the beaten track and experience the best of BC’s abundant wilderness on this 9-day adventure. 

Work on your steep and tree skiing technique in Whistler, before exploring remote backcountry trails and a rustic cabin by snowmobile. 

Fly up to the rugged mountains of Northern BC for four days heli-skiing. 

It’s designed for advanced to expert skiers with experience in powder snow, although no ski touring or backcountry knowledge is required.

Heli skiing in BC, Reuben Krabbe – image c/o Mabey Ski

Price from £6,500 per person based on twin share 

Including: 4 nights at Nita Lake Lodge, 3 days’ private guiding, 2-day Whistler Blackcomb lift pass, snowmobile tour, 4 nights at Bell 2 Lodge, 4 days’ heli-skiing, all ground transfers 

Dates available: January to April 2022 

www.mabeyski.com/adventures/whistler-and-the-wilderness-bc-ski-trip-canada 

Sail and Ski the Norwegian Fjords

New for 2022, sail and ski the spectacular fjords from a luxurious oak charter ship. 

The newly refurbished and renovated HMS Gåssten – a Swedish minesweeper in a previous life – is best suited for the discerning, adventurous skier. 

Ski tour the remote and wild Sunmøre Alps far away from the crowds. 

With 6 of the ‘top 10 Norwegian ski tours’ as voted for by the Norwegian Mountain Guides Association, this is a bucket-list trip for keen backcountry skiers. 

Spend your evenings relaxing on the deck, dine on freshly caught crab, cod, and lobster and if you’re lucky you may even get a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Norway Sail & Ski – image c/o Mabey Ski

Price from £45,000 for a fully guided exclusive charter up to 8 guests

Including: 6 nights onboard the HMS Gåssten, 2 private IFMGA ski guides for 5 days, RIB transportation, floating sauna, full crew with private chef, all meals (with afternoon tea & canapés), excursions to Viking Hut, private beach, movie under the stars

Dates available: Saturday 19 March—Friday 25 March 2022 / Saturday 26 March—Friday 1 April 2022 / Saturday 2 April—Friday 8 April 2022 / Saturday 9 April—Friday 15 April 2022

www.mabeyski.com/adventures/hms-gassten-sail-and-ski-trip-norway

Backcountry Ski Survival – Kees & Claire Hut, Whistler

As an add-on to a Whistler ski trip this three-day backcountry ski survival adventure is ideal for those looking to take their ski touring to the next level, or as preparation for a classic ski tour such as the Spearhead Traverse.

Learn a full range of techniques for travelling efficiently through alpine terrain, such as route planning, avalanche avoidance, digging snow caves, constructing emergency shelters, and basic wilderness first aid and rescue. 

Spend your evenings getting a taste of alpine hut life as you discuss the day’s learnings, cook backcountry meals, and acquire tips and tricks from your guide on how to stay warm at night and stop your boots from freezing.

Kees & Claire Hut, Whistler backcountry survival – Image c/o Mabey Ski

Price from: £865 per person / £3,460 for a private trip for 4 adults             

Including: 2 nights at Kees and Claire Hut, 3 days of ACMG ski guiding, backcountry meals

Dates available: January 2022 – April 2022

www.mabeyski.com/adventures/backcountry-ski-survival-course-whistler-bc-canada

Powder Highway: Hidden Gems

Discover the best kept secrets of British Columbia’s Powder Highway on this epic road trip. 

Starting at RED Mountain resort, making your way to Revelstoke via Nelson and Whitewater, you will sample the Mabey Ski BC-based team’s favourite hidden gem resorts and powder stashes. 

Experience a mix of tree skiing, open bowls, and all-round deep powder, accessed by snowcat, helicopter and lifts.

Ski first tracks from RED’s brand new mountain hut, and take some time to explore these smaller towns and resorts on this adventure.

Red Mountain – image c/o Mabey Ski

Price from £3,300 per person 

Including: 10 nights’ accommodation, lift passes, 3 days guiding, 1 day cat-skiing, 1 day heli-skiing

Dates available: January 2022 –  April 2022 

www.mabeyski.com/adventures/powder-highway-ski-road-trip-bc-canada

Intro to Ski Touring Europe – Hut-to-Hut in the Italian Dolomites 

Escape the crowds and take your off-piste skiing to the next level on this 6-day hut-to-hut ski adventure.

It’s designed for advanced resort and off-piste skiers who are looking to get into ski touring under the expert guidance of local UIAGM/IFMGA certified ski guides. 

Ski fresh tracks on some of the most scenic descents in the Dolomites and enjoy traditional cuisine and warm hospitality at the charming rifugios (mountain huts) each night. 

Price from £2,920 per person (incl. local tourist tax & Italian VAT) 

Including: 3 nights at Alta Badia hotel, 3 nights in traditional rifugios, all breakfasts & dinners, local English speaking UIAGM/IFMGA Ski Guide, avalanche safety equipment, Dolomiti Superski pass, ground transportation, luggage transfers

Dates available: Hosted trip Sunday 20 March – Saturday 26 March / Private trips available January – April 2022

www.mabeyski.com/adventures/intro-to-ski-touring-hut-to-hut-dolomites-italy

*MABEY SKI – COVID-19 

Mabey Ski is continuing to work closely with its partners on the ground to ensure all their ski adventures are as safe as possible. If guests need to cancel or postpone a trip for any reason, Mabey Ski terms provide the option to change location or rebook for a later date, without penalty for all new bookings.

To see full Booking Terms & Conditions visit www.mabeyski.com/termsconditions and www.mabeyski.com/coronavirus-advice

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