Last updated: 01:00 AM ET, Fri September 11 2015

Spend the Winter With Contiki

Tour Operator | Contiki | Janeen Christoff | September 11, 2015

Spend the Winter With Contiki

How do you know if you are a ski junkie? It’s September and that means that ski and snowboard product guides are piling up on your shelves, new gear announcements are flooding your inbox and your Instagram is about to blow up with snow-covered peaks.

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to start planning where, when and with whom you are going to hit the slopes for the 2015-2016 ski season and who best to do that with than your friends?

Millennial tour operator Contiki might have been the company you turned to for a journey along the French or Italian Riviera in the summer but did you know that they can also take you to the peaks of Austria, too? Looking to stay closer to home? Then travel with like-minded individuals to Lake Tahoe, Whistler or Banff. Here are a few to ski with Contiki this winter.

Head to Austria to ski or board in Tyrol’s Ski Welt, one of the top resorts in the region. It offers slopes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, English-speaking instructors and the latest models of skis for rent. There are several packages available at Ski Welt, starting with the eight-day, meet us there Austria Ski Only tour, which includes seven nights’ accommodation, an experienced Contiki on-site team, a free ski guide, a day trip to Salzburg and a Contiki slam race.

There is free coach pick up at Worgl train station or Innsbruck airport for guests as well as breakfast daily. Want to do more than just hit the slopes? Try out a sleigh ride or tandem paragliding as well. This journey is also available on a two-week tour, as well. The eight-day tour starts at $689 and the 15-day journey begins at $1,315.

The Austria Ski Plus is another version of the trip but includes an overnight motorcoach ride from London. It is available as a nine-day trip starting at $719 and as a 16-day trip starting at $1,345.

Closer to home, Contiki offers the Powder Rush tour. This is specifically designed for those who love mountain life and who want to combine the thrill of exploration with skiing and snowboarding. The Powder Rush offers opportunities to ski in both British Columbia and Alberta as well as take in a World Heritage Site, sightseeing and more.

The journey begins in Vancouver, where participants get to know the cool vibe of the city of Vancouver. Visit Gastown, Chinatown, the First Nations totem poles in Stanley Park and get your shoping fix on Robson Street. Head to Whistler on the second day where you will spend the next two days skiing and riding one of the largest ski resorts in North America.

Whistler Blackcomb is known for having the greatest uphill lift capacity and for its Peak 2 Peak Gondola. There’s a stop at the Capilano Suspension Bridge along the way as well as recreational opportunities in Whistler that include ziplining, snowmobiling, sleigh rides and more.

On day five, it’s off to Banff for another winter wonderland. It’s a short flight to Calgary and then a coach ride to Banff where you spend the next four nights. Here you can choose to spend all of your time on the slopes with three resorts to choose from Mount Norquay, Lake Louise or Sunshine. You can also break it up a little and include a helicopter tour, dog sledding and more. The nine-day journey starts at $1,619.

Contiki also offers ski and snowboard trips on its US/Canada products in Lake Tahoe, Whistler and Banff.  There are three different trips to choose from, ranging from eight to 14 days. Three of the trips are Contiki trips that stop off in locations during the winter that offer ski/snowboard options – Winter LA to the Bay, Winter Wild Western, and Winter California Highlights.

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