Where is Shangri-la? Does it even exist? To find out where it’s located you need to know what defines it? Normally, it’s described as a location high up in the mountains isolated from the outside world. A paradise that is untouched, pure and beautiful. That can only mean one thing…Shangri-la must be the Powder Highway. Located in interior British Columbia, halfway between Whistler and Banff deep in the Kootenay Rockies it’s the largest concentration of ski and snowboard destinations in the world. This region receives some of the deepest and driest snowfall on the continent. With a collection of ski resorts, heli-skiing operations, cat-skiing operations, and backcountry lodges there is no better place to find your own paradise.
We began our trip with a week in Whitefish Montana and then headed north chasing the goods on THE POWDER HIGHWAY. Join us on our journey that began in late January and lasted over a mont. We traveled over 3,000 miles to enjoy snowboarding, breweries, food, relaxation and new experiences! Here’s what to expect.
First Heli-skiing experience with Selkirk Tangiers
With the help of Selkirk Tangiers we spent a day heli-skiing along with going deep into what makes a heli-skiing operation successful and how safety is the number one priority. Check out our article here.
First Cat-skiing experience at Baldface
For anyone that has seen Red Bull’s All Natural or one of Travis Rice’s movies the Baldface Lodge is THE premier Cat Skiing and Boarding operation. We spent four full days enjoying what Baldface has to offer. Something this sweet needed multiple posts! Check out our in depth articles here:
- The trip to Baldface Lodge is as exciting as the time there. Check out our experience of getting there here.
- Check out our in depth review of what you get to experience at Baldface here.
Whitewater – One of the best resorts in North America
Recently named one of North America’s Best Ski Resorts. With more than 40 feet of snow each year along with a funky ski town and awesome food, it sounds like a winner to us. We will be meeting with the folks from Whitewater who will give us a guided tour of the mountain and tips from the locals on how to do Whitewater at its best!
- Entryway to adventure and paradise – Our experience at Whitewater
- A town untouched by corporations – The town of Nelson and what’s there to do
Revelstoke – Biggest Vertical Drop in North America
You have heard the saying if the shoe fits…well in this case if the name fits! With over a mile vertical drop, the BIGGEST in North America, you will “Revel” in the “Stoke” as you shred! In comparison to its distant neighbor to the west you can actually ski the FULL 5,000 + vertical feet almost all season long! The team at Revelstoke is going to show Local Freshies how to ride this big mountain as well as how to get the most out of the town located below.
New Terrain opening at Red Mountain
Canada’s oldest resort with world famous tree-skiing and open glades is definitely a place Local Freshies needs to check out. In the last two seasons Red has expanded terrain by over twelve hundred acres. With the town of Rossland just down the road and a big mountain that has become even bigger the folks in Rossland Tourism are excited to show it off. You won’t want to miss our post about the guided tour. @redresort
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