You know you want it
The Guys at K3 Catskiing
were out ski touring and scouting some new terrain for next season. There is an additional 400 acres of the burnt forest skiing area with an Eastern aspect, 350 acres of South facing steep (40 degrees) tree skiing, and over 600 acres of North aspect terrain with open alpine and then tree runs, ranging from 400 to 700 vertical metres. We can't wait to get out there and ski some of this new terrain. I know winter seems like a far way off, but If this skiing is anything like the other terrain we've skied there, it'll be worth the wait. Check out the full gallery of new terrain photos here
4 Cat Skiing Operations Have Guides That Pass Canadian Ski Guide Level 3 Exam Last Week.
Every 2 years (for the last 20 years) the Canadian Ski Guide association holds a 9 day long exam for ski guides that want to lead or supervise a cat or heliskiing operation operation. This winter 5 guides managed to pass this gruelling ski guide test. The exam involves terrain selection, group management, rescue, crevasse rescue, Transceiver search and much more. The crevasse rescue was held at 9,000 ft in the northern Monashee range. This course was hosted by Mike Weigle Heliskiing.
The Level 3 qualification allows guides to supervise a cat or heliskiing operation. The level 3 takes a minimum of 6 years to complete and involves:
- 6 years of mentoring from senior guides - in an apprenticeship model
- 3 levels of guide exams and training
- The highest level of courses and Certification from The Canadian Avalanche association.
- Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance Level 1 -2 course
- Current 80 hour 1st aid course
This winter the guides that guide cat skiing that passed are:
Congratulations to all these guys – why not go to one of these operations and request to ski with one of these guides
k3 1 better than k2
We had the opportunity to ski at K3 for the first time this year, and I have to say, I sure hope we get back there again soon. It has made a great impression on us for a number of reasons, and I know we are not alone. The elements that have pushed K3 to the top of our to do list are: the terrain, the snow, the hospitality, and the ease of access. If you were to read no further, that would suffice as minimum practical info. But please, read on.
I want to go back to the burn
Some Photo Love for Wildhorse!
Somewhere out in the wilderness in the Ymir area we found ourselves knee deep in some awesome Kootenay pow. Wildhorse Catskiing
offers an authentic backcountry experience. You really feel like you are out exploring and mining fresh powder. Have a look at the evidence below...
Have you ever heard of a place called Kaslo? How about New Denver? Odds are, unless you live in the BC interior, or have a good knowledge of it, you have never heard of those places. But nestled at the top of the pass between these two Kootenay towns is a place called Retallack.
We all love spending time in the backcountry, and (hopefully) eveyone knows that having the proper gear with you is essential. All of us at Catskiing.ca
carry our Back Country Access beacons
, and shovels
, and regularly practice how to use them when we are out skiing in the backcountry. What we love about BCA
, is their philosophy on avalanche safety:
, our mission is to save lives, not just pump products. As a leader in our industry, we need to be responsible about sending people into the backcountry. They need to be equipped not just with products, but with education. That’s why we’ve invested so much in research and education."
Having the right equipment is key, but if you don't know how to use it, you're almost in as much trouble as if you didn't have it at all. Take time to learn with trained guides/instructors, and practice your techniques to get better. In addition to that, there are some great online resources. Check out http://backcountryaccess.com/english/education/education.php
for lots of info and education tips. Have fun out there and stay safe.
It is finally here! After a few months of hard work Valhalla Powder Cats
out of Nelson BC has launched their new site. Just in time for some mid-season powder pics! We have had a quick review and it looks pretty hot. See for yourself at www.valhallapow.com
They are also offering up a few days of catskiing this month for a bit of a deal. Check out our Last Minute Deals section at the top of the page. Be sure to mention you saw them on Catskiing.ca!