Great Explorations

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Trip Dates:


Jan 8-14 (US West)
Jan 14-20 (Canada West)


Trip Size:

8-16 participants

Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights each


US West: Denver/Salt Lake City

Canada West: Calgary/Vancouver

Land Cost (current year):
US West
US $2950

Includes 6B, 2L, 4D


Canada West

Includes 6B, 2L, 4D


*price does not include ski pass which is available from Mountain Collective at $389 which allows up to 14 days skiing at these ski resorts.


Single Supplement:

US $500




Winter Ski & Ride


Although our forté will always be cycling and walking tours, we were tempted to create a unique ‘DREAM TRIP’ winter ski & ride trip this year. The US West trip will start from Aspen, Colorado on January 10th to coincide with  Winsterskol Festival and will include three days at Aspen, and three days at Alta/Snowbird. The Canada West trip will start on January 16th and include three days at Lake Louise and three days at Whistler Blackcomb.

Only Great Explorations:

• Small groups, extraordinary guides, and authentic experiences
• Wine included at first and final night receptions
• We design and operate our own trips so there are only good surprises


US WEST: Jan 10-16 (7 days/ 6 nights)
January 10+11+12: Aspen, Colorado (The Little Nell Hotel)
January 13+14+15: Alta/Snowbird, Snowbird (The Cliff Lodge)
January 16: Departure

CANADA WEST: Jan 16-22 (7 days/ 6 nights)
January 16+17+18: Lake Louise, AB (Post Hotel)
January 19+20+21: Whistler, BC (Nita Lake Lodge)
January 22: Departure


FAQ: Why a ski/ride trip and why the resorts listed?
We love to ride our bikes in spring, summer, fall; in winter, we head to the mountains. We thought to invite others to join in our idea of ‘A Dream Trip’.


Why the mountains listed?
The Mountain Collective is a pass program that allows for up to 14 days skiing at North America’s best resorts for a mere $389. That seemed to be a great deal, but the logistics of getting between resorts and hassle or organizing hotels intimidates some. With our local experience and contacts, we felt we could offer something unique and attract the same spirited people who join our bike trips.

How many people will join?
We have space for just 16 clients, so space is limited. This trip is guaranteed to go as founder and owner of Great Explorations, Robbin McKinney, was the first to sign up.


Who are the local guides?
Many of our bike guides are winter guides also. We will have at least one  former Olympian join for ½ day on each of the trips. A tour coordinator will be on hand to ensure all of the logistics are seamless.

How do I sign up?
Fill in our online registration form, just as you would for a bike trip. We’ll send you everything you’ll need to know.


What if I have to cancel?
For this trip, we strongly encourage cancellation insurance; as soon as we receive your booking, the full amount is payable and non-refundable. The reason is simply that we have to commit (and pay) for hotel accommodation to ensure we have space.


Ski & Ride Info

What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?

What is included (each trip is 7 days/6 nights):

  • 6 nights accommodation, double occupancy
  • all transfers from airport on arrival (14:00), transfer between resorts and transfer to departure airport
  • all meals
  • welcome night wine and cheese reception for each trip
  • all breakfasts, 4 dinners, two lunches
  • local guide for ½ day at each resort on first full day of skiing
  • special access passes at each resort for selected venues
  • ½ day Nordic skiing on each trip is optional
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off

Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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