You may have heard about the raging parties that happen at The Yacht Week.
If you’ve always wanted to participate but couldn’t quite afford a ticket to Croatia, you’re in for some good news. The people behind Yacht Week are now doing The Ski Week, right in Canada’s backyard. I’m all about jumping at the chance to travel (work related or not) whenever I can. If you’re like me and love to get outside and meet new people, this is THE trip for you. The Ski Week Canada is not your average road trip. Instead of taking over a hotel (like on their other trips to Aspen, Austria and Japan), 150 guests meet in Vancouver, pile into 37 winterized RV’s and set off on one of the most action-packed and unique road trips ever. Think “Nordic glamping…”
You have to see it to believe it and we have the proof, the convoy was epic!
The stage is set on the Powder Highway through the Kootenay Rockies with the best skiing and most extravagant après ski parties. The route takes you through funky towns and stunning mountain landscapes in between stopovers at Sun Peaks, Revelstoke and Silverstar for campouts. While there are recommended activities and travel times, each group does it at their own pace with the freedom to choose what they want to do. Essentially, they’re redefining the concept of #vanlife while you travel with 150 people from around the world.
I got the invite to tag along for a few days and met the crew in Revelstoke. To say my arrival was exciting would be the understatement of the year. I pulled into the resort and rolled up to an old school parking lot party; RV’s parked at the base of the mountain complete with a massive igloo, bonfires, the Lot 40 trailer making whiskey margaritas, a local taco truck and Toronto’s own Alex Tribe spinning some old school classics. Unreal.
If you haven’t been out here, you should know that one of the biggest draws for Revelstoke is their consistent snowfall and deep powder. I hit the hill bright and early with a group of Canadians searching for powder and we found more than we could handle. Hiking up to hit the North and South Bowls and dropping in to what legitimately felt like skiing on butter. My confession is that by the end of the day my Ontario ski legs were so dead, I took the gondola down. Lesson learned. Never skip leg day. But in all seriousness, the snow was unbelievable and Revelstoke is so big, for most of the day it feels like you have the mountain to yourself.
I definitely joined the trip at an opportune time because everyone treated to a night at the Sutton Place Hotel, located at the base of the mountain. And, as all elite athletes do, our recovery was of utmost importance so 150 people hit the outdoor pool and hot tubs to get our muscles ready for more skiing. Most of the recovery likely came from the services of the pool bar, but we had the right intentions.
At the after party, TSW outdid themselves once again. We were taken up in the gondola for a private mountain top dinner at the Revelation Lodge. The theme, mountain majestic- fur on fur on fur. I’d love to give the Canadians all the credit but I think this time around, the other countries outdid us. I’ve never seen such unique combinations of fur. All in all, it was a wicked vibe complete with amazing cocktails and mouth-watering food, the works. And, we all know that the ability to excel at “après ski” is arguably the most important part of the ski lifestyle. We did it right, it was lit.
Today we’re heading up the hill at Revy for one last taste of powder before hitting the road again. Lucky for you, I’ve made some friends who have invited me along for the ride. I’ll be cruising in their RV and bringing you behind the scenes on Instagram. They’ve named her “Guzzling Gladys” so it will no doubt be an entertaining trip…
What’s still to come?
We’ll spend the next two days at Silverstar skiing champagne powder and incredible terrain. The plans include a lunch stop at 6,000 feet (The Lookout) with optional Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in the afternoon to mix things up. And, once again, we’ll take over a local bar for an unreal afternoon party with the theme “très Canadian après.” We’re so good at it, why not?
It’s officially Hockey Day in Canada on Friday with TSW hosting a classic Canadian hockey tournament on a pond at the mountain. If you’re not into hockey, there’s a pub with a direct view so you can drink and watch a classic display of beer league athleticism as the Canadian contingent looks for redemption on the ice… Too soon?
To sum it all up, this is the perfect trip for skiers and snowboards of all ability levels who like to party and have a good time. Everyone on the trip is already talking about coming back for next year. Pre-bookings open August 28th for next year so follow @theskiweek and don’t miss out. I’ve already put it in my calendar!
Photo cred: Adam Bertalan