This off piste snowboard course will have you conquering powder with confidence and style. Run from our Canadian base in Fernie, there is no better mountain to develop your hunger for untamed terrain and improve your ability in the deep stuff. It all builds up to an epic finale - a four-day backcountry touring trip from a remote cabin in the Purcell Range. The course is four weeks, but if you're craving longer in the mountains, or have less experience, you can extend to six.
Bring your snorkel! You might think that the slogan is a big claim, but seeing is believing!
Fernie often tops the snow charts in Western Canada and, with its location being inland, the snow is cold, light and a dream to shred! With nearly nothing off-limits across five large bowls, you will be able to go wild.
You'll pick your line through the bowls, among the trees, through the gullies and off the many natural hits. Fernie really does offer big mountain skiing at its best and all within the safety of excellent avalanche controlled areas.
Fernie is the sort of resort where the most powder-hungry instructors want to live. So over the years since we started Nonstop, we have formed a team of the best high-level snowboard coaches that the industry has to offer.
You'll be riding alongside them, as they refine your technique and give you the tips and skills you need to enjoy this epic mountain. Before you realise it you'll be shredding the best parts of the mountain with confidence and style.
We'll help you develop your skills across the whole mountain, hitting terrain you never thought possible, as well as perfecting those stylish turns in magnificent untouched powder.
We teach you how to split-board and take you into the backcountry wilderness. You'll feel closer to the mountain than ever before, enjoying surroundings that very few snowboarders ever get to experience.
Saving the best till last! Our course culminates in an epic finale; at the end of the course, you'll go on a four day wilderness adventure!
Take an astounding helicopter flight over the Kootenay mountains, before landing at a backcountry lodge retreat.
You then spend four days experiencing a genuine backcountry lifestyle, split boarding into the great unknown and riding amazing untouched endless powder!
A good night's sleep to end great days on the hill. In 2007 we purchased our very own hotel and set about making it the best snowboard accommodation possible by focusing on comfort and excellent facilities.
Rooms have queen sized beds and facilities include a hot tub and sauna, snowboard storage and tuning room, movie theatre, full kitchen facilities and an on-site bar and restaurant, where your course meals are served.
You'll receive 20 hours coaching per week. Our full day coaching sessions are Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri, with Wednesdays and the weekends for free skiing, consolidating what you've learnt and other activities. The maximum group size is 7 people per pro but typically they are 6 or even smaller.
You'll be treated to a hearty breakfast at the Red Tree Lodge seven days per week. Options include coffee/tea, juices, cereals, toast, pastries, yogurt, fruit, porridge oats, as well as hot items like eggs, beans, sausages, hash browns or bacon.
Enjoy a nutritionally balanced & fiilling three course meal at the Red Tree Lodge three evenings a week.
You'll be given a season lift pass so you can ski as much as you please. Come out early or stay on after, your lift pass will cover you.
If you arrive with the group flight (or land before), you can join the Nonstop transfer to the resort. All your transport within the resort is taken care of, just don't forget your gear.
Your host will ensure your course runs smoothly. They'll be on hand 24/7 for a chat, laugh, or to solve any problems.
Head into Fernie's awesome sidecountry and get a taste of what ski touring is all about.
You'll head to the Boulder Hut for the culmination of your trip and enjoy 4 days of backcountry touring. All meals will be provided here.
You'll be dropped off at the Boulder Hut and return via helicopter. It's weather dependent so we allow a window to fly.
Learn all you need to know to explore the backcountry.
Throughout the program our coaches will make the most of technical video analysis to help with your development.
Each week you'll receive a technical talk on subjects like biomechanics, looking after your gear, and injury prevention.
Each week your host will organise team socials and après for all the group to get involved in.
You'll be able to get involved many winter activities and experiences during your time with us, from cat skiing to ice hockey.
These things are not included in the package:
We look forward to speaking with you.