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post #1 of 29
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Some shots from last Tue at Big Red Cats.

 

IMG_0766.JPGIMG_0793.JPGIMG_0773.JPGIMG_0782.JPGOff the top of this.IMG_0785.JPGThis was about half way, great glade tree runs.IMG_0803.JPGIMG_0797.JPG

post #2 of 29

That looks awesome!  Pretty risky with all those trees, don'tcha think, Pete biggrin.gif

post #3 of 29

The glade skiing looks awesome.

post #4 of 29
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That looks awesome!  Pretty risky with all those trees, don'tcha think, Pete biggrin.gif



Now you know trees are my forte.  Ski em fast and light, standing up, lying down what the heck  Believe it or not I stayed upright all day.

post #5 of 29

Way to get after it Pete!

JF

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Now you know trees are my forte.  Ski em fast and light, standing up, lying down what the heck  Believe it or not I stayed upright all day.


Oops! Sorry I didn't take you into even more trees... biggrin.gif
 

post #7 of 29
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Originally Posted by Pete No. Idaho View Post
Now you know trees are my forte.  Ski em fast and light, standing up, lying down what the heck  Believe it or not I stayed upright all day.


Oops! Sorry I didn't take you into even more trees... biggrin.gif
 



John, my reference was to cat skiing and then you took me down Outback and loved the skiing in the trees - well excepting the last 150 feet when I sat down several times due to total fatigue.

 

I believe this is Outback Bowl at Whitewater, steeper than pic shows, great tree run but legs gave up on me at the bottom, 2,000 vertical.

 

 

 

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Come to think of it this is not Outback, trees are too far apart.  Leave the pic anyway cause cool tree run at Whitewater

post #8 of 29

They are running a Groupon too.

 

http://www.groupon.com/deals/big-red-cats

post #9 of 29

That's a pretty good deal for the 2day. Anyone want to set up a trip for experts 1/12-13?

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That's a pretty good deal for the 2day. Anyone want to set up a trip for experts 1/12-13?



I'm going Dec 28,29th on experts trip. PM if interested, plenty of space. (If it doesn't fill up, I'll end up going on an adv/expert group booked the same days instead)

post #11 of 29

Thanks for the offer, but I'll probably be in Aspen then. Did you purchase yours through groupon?

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Thanks for the offer, but I'll probably be in Aspen then. Did you purchase yours through groupon?


 

Naw, a different deal extended to clients of a local cat skiing op that closed down. The groupon deal is pretty good though. I might buy another random day if the deal goes active.

post #13 of 29

Is it about 2hours from GEG and does the board crossing close late at night?

post #14 of 29

2:30 is more realistic.

 

The Patterson crossing is open 24 hours. (Highway 25 north)

post #15 of 29
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can't get BUY on groupon to work, doesn't say sold out but no response.

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Do you think that blue to black diamond skiers would enjoy cat or heliskiing? I am by no means an expert skier but I would say advanced. Me and my two uncles do blues and blacks in Utah and Montana. Maybe a short double black with a big dump. We would like to do this once in a lifetime kind of trip before they get to old.
post #17 of 29
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Booked the low season package:   2 days cat skiing, breakfast 2 days, lodging 2 nights for TWO.   $707.00   Can't beat that $350 each for lodging, bkfast and cat skiing. Great Deal.

 

More of this - damn someone has to do it.

 

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post #18 of 29

I booked a two day package, looks like they may let us book an expert cat 1/14-15 which is MLK weekend.

 

I'll probably bring my bud that shoot's a lot of vid for Plum TV.

 

Rerun, but now in HD.

 

post #19 of 29
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Shredhead, thanks for the video.   If that doesn't get the winter vibe going what would.   Got 2 Days of cat skiing booked now have to look into the one day heli-skiing at Panorama.

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Do you think that blue to black diamond skiers would enjoy cat or heliskiing? I am by no means an expert skier but I would say advanced. Me and my two uncles do blues and blacks in Utah and Montana. Maybe a short double black with a big dump. We would like to do this once in a lifetime kind of trip before they get to old.


    Depends, can you powder ski?  How old are your uncles, I am 69 and still enjoying the off piste and powder.  Can't keep up with the 30-40 yr old young guys but they only have to wait maybe 30 seconds for me to show up somewhere. DO IT, don't wait !   Start with a cat operation, cheaper and usually most have an advanced or intermediate cat to keep your uncles from hucking 30 ft cliffs.

 

Heres some average terrain at Big Red Cats, Rossland BC.  Fun stuff. About 12-18 in of fresh.

                                                                                                                                      

 

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post #21 of 29
We have skied many times in that deep of snow. Never anything above the waist. I.e. face shots or even chest shots. They are both 50. One has had several knee operations so that is what I mean to old. He will have to have a total knee in probably 6-7 years. I mean the pictures look like we could do the terrain. But pictures don't look the same in real life.
post #22 of 29

There was some ambiguity between the Big Red website's low season and the groupon dates. Paula was nice enough to let me book two in the expert only cat 1/13 & 14.
The two day deal sold out, but there are still single days available.

post #23 of 29

Was able to lock down the 2 day/2 person for Jan 7 and 8th. I cannot wait! Never done a cat trip or been to Canada :D

post #24 of 29
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There was some ambiguity between the Big Red website's low season and the groupon dates. Paula was nice enough to let me book two in the expert only cat 1/13 & 14.
The two day deal sold out, but there are still single days available.

 

 

Sorry will miss ya, be there the week before for 2 days
 

 

post #25 of 29
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Was able to lock down the 2 day/2 person for Jan 7 and 8th. I cannot wait! Never done a cat trip or been to Canada :D



Will be there 2 days before you, did Big Red Cats last January and it was good, if you get a chance ski Whitewater about 1 hour away.  Well worth the try if you can.  Welcome to Epic. If you hav en't yet go the Trip Forum and look up Red Cats posts and there is quite a few pictures.  Whitewater is a real skiers/powder mountain and worth making the effort to do.  Couldn't tell where you're from just going to saying you haven't been to BC.

post #26 of 29

Thanks, I will be sure to check it out if we make it back up there next year. Unfortunately for this trip and work we can only be up there for Friday night (Sat,Sun skiing) back home Monday morning. Otherwise I would be down to go check out Whitewater. We are coming from Boulder, CO and looking forward to a new ski experience. I will have to run a search for in the trip forum as mentioned for some stoke. Thanks!

post #27 of 29

Whitewater is a little like what you would get in an illicit relationship between Arapahoe Basin and Berthoud Pass. Like most Western ski areas, it's at its best in March and April, but it also gets more early snow most years than you usually find in Colorado. It only has three lifts for nearly 2,000 skiable acres. Earn your turns.

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Whitewater is a little like what you would get in an illicit relationship between Arapahoe Basin and Berthoud Pass. Like most Western ski areas, it's at its best in March and April, but it also gets more early snow most years than you usually find in Colorado. It only has three lifts for nearly 2,000 skiable acres. Earn your turns.


How much earning?  Bootpack or skin?   We're definetly stopping at WW, but also trying to fit in Fernie, Castle, KMR and Revelsoke and Red?

 

post #29 of 29
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How much earning?  Bootpack or skin?   We're definetly stopping at WW, but also trying to fit in Fernie, Castle, KMR and Revelsoke and Red?

 


1. Depends

2. Yes, (either/both) plus some long traverses

 

So, your "earning" could be a relatively flat traverse, skis on, no skins, with a little herringbone or sidestepping. (That's what I do. I''m lazy and I'm skiing in alpine plugs. No climbing for me!) Or it could be put the skins on and climb. AT and tele are both popular around here.
 

Actually bootpacking is rare. Too deep, too soft. It's usually the traverse that can be done on alpine equipment, or the climb, done with skins and AT or tele gear.

 

Time ranges from a few minutes to an hour or more. How lost do ya wanna get? In Canada, you get to pay for your own rescue, so bring cash.

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