Originally Posted by world-traveller123
I like to ask the Peanut gallery here of all you people who have ski or board in the back country. Of either a Cat ski trip or Heli Ski trip in the back country runs.
How did your experience compared to skiing at a big resort in major ski country like Canada in BC, Alberta or Europe etc etc.
I am talking about the big powder runs you encounter at resort and back country. What was your experience and your thoughts on it all.
What did you find more fulfilling.?
Did you find a back country experience unlike anything else? or did you say " what was the big deal"
I am having a hard time deciding on doing one. Reason it is costly to do a cat or heli ski. So feedback from anyone who has done both sides of REsort and back country is what i need.
Fulfilling??!? Backcountry. You earned the turns. You slowed down. You got a good look at the country on the way up. And the snow is all yours.
But you might only get two runs per day.
My perception of the comparison between resort, cat and heli is warped by the fact that I do most of my resort skiing at Whitewater, British Columbia. Whitewater eventually gets tracked out like any other resort, but it takes a lot longer than at most places. Stashes can be found for days after a storm. Also, they frequently underreport. Also, it's easy to find yourself alone in the trees somewhere even on a "busy" day. Also, they have great side and backcountry. Also, they have great food in the lodge. It's a different place. Many days, it's about as close as you can get to cat skiing without the cat and the huge bill.
Nonetheless, it ain't cat skiing. You won't cross tracks as often cat skiing. You won't see anybody except other people in your cat. The bumps in the trees will be caused by rocks and stumps, not last week's skiers. (The ones at Whitewater are mostly rocks and stumps, too, but there are enough skiers to add a few more bumps. Barely.) With cat skiing, you don't necessarily know what's over the next drop or mound. At the resort, you've probably been there before. You don't have the thrill of discovery at the resort, but you might have more confidence that you're not going to hit something unexpected.
Heli? I live in Heli Central, but I've never done it.