After successfully running a winter season with few restrictions, adventure ski specialist Mabey Ski (www.mabeyski.com) is excited to announce its 2021/22 bucket list adventures in Canada and beyond. British owned and operated Mabey Ski offers trips to skiers and snowboarders looking for a unique, once-in-a-lifetime ski adventure, after a winter without skiing.
Mabey Ski is a British owned adventure ski company based in Whistler on a mission to conquer every continent. Founded by Nickie Mabey, whose family have been ski pioneers for over a century, skiing is more than just a hobby. It’s a lifestyle that has led her to ski peaks less tracked, explore remote regions, and create unforgettable ski adventures not found anywhere else
With many skiers desperate to plan their trips for 2021/22 and budgets potentially higher than normal due to a winter of no skiing for Brits, Canada is being earmarked as a top destination for next winter. Research from the Mountain Trade Network* shows that Canada is currently the number one dream destination for British skiers, and enquiries and bookings for next winter are already looking promising.
Mabey Ski, specialises in winter experiences beyond the norm, offering bucket list trips in Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, and the Italian Dolomites. Think never-been-skied mountain faces, larger-than-life local ski guides, mountaintop wine tasting, heli-skiing under the midnight sun, and backcountry clinics for skiers and snowboarders looking to escape the crowds for the first time.
NEW bucket list trips for Winter 2021-22 include the chance to ski first descents on the remote Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic, heli-ski from your private catamaran whilst it cruises up the fjords of Bella Coola in British Columbia, and ski into a volcano’s crater as part of a unique cultural trip to Japan.
“Last year we asked our community what was important to them, and spent the past season researching, creating, and testing new adventures that will not only excite advanced skiers looking for their next challenge, but also encourage intermediate skiers to try something new,” says Mabey Ski founder, Nickie Mabey. “While a lucky few may have got a few turns in, most Brits missed out on the 2020/21 ski season due to the pandemic. After months of lockdown, it appears that British skiers are looking for more than just a ‘typical’ ski holiday – they want to escape the crowds, they’re looking for unusual experiences and an adventure that will make them forget there was ever a toilet roll shortage.”
She continues: “Whether it’s unwinding in a mountainside hot spring, toasting a glass over a handmade ‘snow bar’ or fishing for Arctic char in a fjord lake, we know that the time guests spend off their skis is just as important as their time on them. That’s why we’re excited to launch our most unforgettable ski adventures yet. We spend time getting to know our guests to ensure each experience is tailored to them, whether they’re joining a hosted trip or embarking on a new adventure designed specifically for them.”
Highlights of Mabey Ski Winter 2021/22 Winter Programme:
First descent heli-skiing in the Canadian Arctic
Heli-ski first descents on un-named mountains under the midnight sun, eat freshly caught Arctic char sashimi and snowmobile to the floe edge. All from the comfort of your purpose-built basecamp on the Canadian Arctic's world-famous Baffin Island. Price from: CAD 175,000 (approx. GBP 102,950) for up to 8 guests, exclusive use.
Available trip dates: 07 May – 14 May 2022
Catamaran-based heli-skiing in Bella Coola, Canada
Heli-ski pristine powder runs and first descents from the deck of your luxurious private 138-foot catamaran, docked at a different private anchorage each day. Fish for crab, prawns, and halibut (later served for dinner), and soak in the natural oceanside hot springs. Private cabins with daily massages, a private chef, top-deck hot tub and untouched powder. Price from: CAD 214,000 (approx. GBP 125,000) for 4 days, for up to 8 guests, exclusive use.
Available trip dates: 05 – 12 March, 12 – 19 March & 26 March – 02 April 2022
Skiing a Japanese volcano crater
This ultimate bucket list trip gives you the chance to hike dormant volcanoes, tackle steep open faces and ski tour up the iconic Mt Yotei, the tallest of Niseko’s volcanoes – with the chance to ski or board into its crater. The expedition will also give you the chance to ski Japan’s dream powder, sample local culture and discover the heartbeat and off-the-beaten track side of Niseko and its surrounding area. Price from: USD 2,800 per person (approx. GBP 1,980 per person) 7 days, based on 4 guests, twin share, all ground transfers included.
Private bookings available from January to March 2022
Introduction to ski touring – in the true Canadian backcountry
You will go from backcountry beginner to seasoned ski tourer under the guidance of professional ski guides. After learning the backcountry basics in Whistler, you will take a helicopter to McGillivray Pass Lodge, situated in a peaceful valley surrounded by nothing but snow. Spend three days putting your new-found skills to use touring backcountry bowls, skiing fresh lines and tucking into incredible food. Price from: CAD 6,755 (approx. GBP 3,975)
Trip dates: 4 – 12 April 2022
Private variations available upon request
Overnight remote basecamp adventure– the ultimate Canadian backcountry celebration
After heli-dropping into the remote backcountry of Squamish-Lillooet and skiing fresh tracks with your ACMG guide all day, you ski back to basecamp – fully equipped with sleeping quarters, a communal canvas tent, and outdoor dining area – where you’re greeted with a glass of bubbles before you’ve even had a chance to click out of your skis. Drinks flowing, BBQ sizzling, tunes pumping and fire blazing. Price from: CAD 16,800 for up to 6 guests, exclusive experience.
Available trip dates: March – May 2022
Fully customisable for varying levels of comfort
All of Mabey Ski’s unforgettable ski adventures can be found on their newly launched website www.mabeyski.com.