The latest news from the catskiing / snowcat industry. Where to ski, who has snow, whats happening. We also post reviews of the latest gear, skis, and some general interest stuff. Be sure to check for last minute deals to make your winter vacation the best.
Hard work in the off season pays dividends come powder season!
Part of Island Lake Catskiing's on-going summer effort is to enhance the terrain in order to make the ski experience as great as possible. Our glading crew spends a fair bit of time planning out the best approach to this. Corrie and Steve, whom take this on are long term ski guides as well and know every nook and cranny of the Island Lake ski terrain. This past summer the guys concentrated on enhancing early season ski options and cat access. This means cutting down a whole lot of alder and willow bushes. With this work, it will be easier for skiers and snowcats to get to some of the pick up zones in the terrain, thus giving more options and a better ski experience in the early season. Some of the areas that were worked on include: The Woodies ridge line, trees between Faceshots and Wolverine, the shrubs on Skyline and Five Star, The Galdiator, The Hot Tub Chutes alder path and Hunters left.
These enhancements are part of the ongoing effort to make the Island lake ski experience the best it can be.
The goal is to raise in excess of $6000 for this valued community program. Single day & over night packages available to the public on December 11th, 12th & 13th, 2015. All profits will be donated to The Northern Snow Angels. Advance booking required at $399.00 per day. Trip includes Helicopter flight in and out from the cat skiing area, lunch and all safety gear.
Go shred some powder and raise some funds and awareness for a worthy cause!
A revision of their name to better describe what they offer.
Selkirk Wilderness Skiing (or SWS to those familiar) has been renamed to Selkirk Snowcat Skiing. The idea is it better reflect what it is that they do and do wel - snowcat skiing. As many of you may know, Selkirk Wilderness Skiing started it all for the catskiing industry. What many of you may not know is that they actually operated as Selkirk Snowcat Skiing for a time. The new owners and management team decided during the off season that they wanted the world to know what it is that they are laser focused on and thus the name change and re-branding.
Don't have any plans for Christmas or New Years? Already have plans, but want a reason to not visit the In-laws? Then we have the getaway you've been looking for. Take your family, or your ski family, to stay in a beautiful private lodge over Christmas or New Years. White Grizzly Catskiing has some openings for you to take advantage of the great early season snow that graces the Selkirk mountain of the British Columbia Interior.
What better way to spend the holidays than deep powder turns and home cooked meals, that you don't have to prepare!
Last season Skeena Catskiing established their all-new on-tenure backcountry base camp. They put up a series of robust tents, and a main tent designed to give you the ultimate backcountry experience. You wake up in the morning and the cat pulls up right in front of your tent. After a day shredding northern BC pow, you get dropped off right back at their basecamp.
I don't know about you dear powder lover, but this basecamp looks like a tonne of fun. Imagine yourself here with your closest pow-mongering friends, a sufficient amount of brew, couple that with the small town hospitality offered by the Skeena staff and you are in for one heck of a good time.
Check out this shot taken in the morning sun at Valhalla Powdercats.
Our resident photographer Geoff Holman has been published again with this amazing shot from Valhalla Powdercats! This picture was taken in the morning light on our first run of the day at Valhalla. Skier Adam Benson found the light perfectly as he boosted of one of the many terrain features to be found at Valhalla Powdercats.
We all remember this day well. It was day two of our trip, about 20cms of fresh snow had fallen and the sun made an appearance for the first few runs. We were the only returning skiers that day so we got to sneak in an extra run while the rest of the group did their safety training. It was a morning that is totally encapsulated in this shot.
We can't wait to see what is waiting for us in Valhalla this season.
Something new from Big Red Catskiing this season is the Powder Guarantee. The idea is that you choose your 3 days, pay a deposit of $99 now and if the snow isn't awesome, you don't pay the rest. The $99 is non-refundable but it does carry over as a credit with the fine folks at BRC. So the risk is minimal and the reward is likely plenty of powder!
These trailers are always a signal in that the ever-shortening, cool evenings of summer are finally bringing ski season. Mike Douglas and the Salomon Freeski TV crew have up'd their game once again with their season 9 trailer.