Top Snowboard Destinations - Chat with Mint Tours

The Northern Hemi season thus far has been a ripper and our good friends at Mint Tours have been getting after it with snowboard trip after snowboard trip and have been finding some seriously good snow conditions! To say we're jealous is an understatement.
 
We caught up with them to hear all about their travels. Where they've been, the food they've been eating, all the powder turns they've been having and what places have been the highlights.
 
Check out what Mint Tours had to say below and where they think are some of best destinations for powder turns and good times!

Mammoth Mountain Tour - California USA

If we’re talking snow reliability, you can’t go past Mammoth Mountain. Not only did they just get hit with the Snow Storm of the Decade, (2.5 metres in 72 hours!) they have already scored more snow by January, than they usually get in an entire season. Join Mint for a week of good times shredding the high Sierra’s.

Why join us in Mammoth?

  • For the POWDER! If you score a Sierra Storm, you’ll be talking about it for years.
  • Surprisingly, there aren’t many International tourists - it’s a friendly Cali vibe on the mountain and in town
  • It’s easy to get to - grab a flight from Los Angeles or San Francisco and in under 2.5 hours you’ll be on-mountain
  • You’ll become a better snowboarder - you’ll get plenty of riding tips while exploring the mountain
  • We stay on-mountain at the ‘Inn’ - you’re just steps away from the chairlift, and the classic Mammoth après parties
  • It’s truly Mammoth - you could spend a whole week riding ‘Mammy’ and you won’t even scratch the surface
  • After dark we head down to Old Mammoth - home to dive bars, craft breweries and some classic Cali food joints.

Check out the Mint Tours Mammoth Mountain Tour here.

Arctic Circle Tours - Finland, Norway & Sweden

Our Arctic tours focus on exploring the snow-sure, northernmost ski areas in Finland, Norway and Sweden. This is the magical Arctic region known for its dark winter days, Northern Lights, wide open wilderness areas, frozen lakes and stunning Arctic fells.

Why join us in Arctic?

  • The resorts in the arctic circle are the most snow-sure in Europe. The snow stays in pristine condition weeks after a storm thanks to sub zero temperatures
  • This region is one of the best places on east the spot the Northern Lights with sightings over 200 nights a year
  • Aurora hunting by snowmobile, pow surfing, husky-sledding, smoke sauna, ice hole swimming - it’s all part of the Arctic experience
  • We ride a mix of resort and backcountry terrain with incredible arctic backdrops

Check out Mint Tours Arctic Road Trip here.

Check out Mint Tours Nordic Road Trip here.

Aomori Japan Tour

What if there was a resort in Japan with no lift lines, tonnes of light dry powder where they let you ride in the trees, a terrain park stacked with transitions, a super-pipe and 700 meters of vertical above the lift-serviced terrain for anyone keen to get some incredible backcountry turns with the Sea of Japan as a backdrop. Well it exists, and it’s in Northern Honshu. Join Mint for a week of good times in Aomori along with special guest host and Freeride World Tour athlete Erika Vikander.

Why join us in Aomori?

  • Get off the beaten path and experience this remote northern area of Honshu
  • Your guides will hunt down the best lines, find the best snow, and making sure you have a good time while doing it
  • If you’re travelling solo you’ll have a group to ride with
  • No lift lines and an authentic Japan resort experience
  • You’ll explore a part of Japan that isn’t over touristed
  • It’s an all inclusive tour - hotel, most meals, transfers, lift tickets and guiding included
  • Ride a mix of resort and backcountry terrain

Check out Mint Tours Aomori Tour here.

What are the 5 most important things to pack for the trip?

  • A freshly waxed snowboard - be ready to roll from day one
  • Quality outerwear and base layers - layering up is key
  • Low light lenses - be prepared to ride in the trees all day in a blizzard
  • Masks for Japan - they are still Covid cautious so masks inside are essential
  • Cash (Yen) if you’re going to Japan

What are your top 5 handy travel tips to make it easier as a first-timer?

  • Travel insurance. It’s boring but if you can’t afford it then you really can’t afford to travel.
  • Have an itinerary. You can’t wing it in Japan, lodging books out fast so you need a plan.
  • Bring your own equipment. Rental gear is expensive and the selection is limited.
  • Shop around for flights. Be flexible with dates for more low-cost airline options online.
  • Join a tour.. The best way to explore a new destination when you’re travelling solo.

Why Choose Mint Tours?

There’s a reason Twelve chooses to partner with Mint when creating world-class travel experiences for you. From starting in New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Mint has grown into an international snow travel operation with decades of expertise under its belt. Mint strives to be an accountable and responsible business cultivating connections in Japan, Central Asia, North American, Europe South America and New Zealand. With an ethos to support local whenever possible, and cultivate authenticity, Mint has long-standing relationships with local guides, legends, professional athletes, businesses and resorts. Mint is always searching for the best snow and to create the best travel experiences possible.

Check out all of Mint Tours trip options here

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