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BC cat ski operators in the kootenays...needs opinions/suggestions for first timer, please.

 

i'm considering doing Revelstoke, Kimberly, Red and Whitewater in a solo February trip of 10-14 days (or more)

....there are so many cat ski operators in the kootenays!..would like to know of any reputable ones

that offer good value because let's face it, cat skiing is not cheap, ie $300-500 per day.

 

Big Red Cats, for example, is supposedly a reputable operation,

from some media reports i've read in a local newspaper

and they have a promo with Red Mtn:

http://www.redresort.com/specials-at-red/lodging-specials/the-big-red-cat-deal/

...but they're ''booking up quickly, so act now'' reply i received for a February booking....

i realize that there is a last minute wait list, too, for some operations, which offer cheaper rates, but is it dicey waiting for such?

 

imput in appreciated.

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Did you happen to see this recent thread?  Comments about Big Red Cats, plus others cat operators.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114405/best-cat-skiing-operator-for-intro-to-powder-skiing

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no i didn't...guess i should have done a search first (sorry)...but many thanks for the link

 

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Did you happen to see this recent thread?  Comments about Big Red Cats, plus others cat operators.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114405/best-cat-skiing-operator-for-intro-to-powder-skiing

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No problem.  I know Search can bring up a lot of less than useful threads.  I remembered the recent thread because doing a cat trip is on my "maybe someday" list. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by marznc View Post

Did you happen to see this recent thread?  Comments about Big Red Cats, plus others cat operators.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/114405/best-cat-skiing-operator-for-intro-to-powder-skiing

I strongly recommend the thread above. If you are not already a strong powder skier, you should be very careful about what you book. Cat skiing, of course, is always off-piste, and it often involves steeps, trees and a group that paid good money to not wait for someone who is having trouble.

 

You could have a lot of fun with the right kind of trip well suited to your needs and skills. You could have a miserable time if your skills are not a good fit with the rest of the group. If you're a hot skier hooked up with a bunch of intermediates, you'll feel that the day was a waste of money. If you're an intermediate with an aggressive group, you'll flail for as long as you last, which won't be all day, and the guide may suggest that you just ride around in the cat rather than ski.

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I strongly recommend the thread above. If you are not already a strong powder skier, you should be very careful about what you book. Cat skiing, of course, is always off-piste, and it often involves steeps, trees and a group that paid good money to not wait for someone who is having trouble.

 

You could have a lot of fun with the right kind of trip well suited to your needs and skills. You could have a miserable time if your skills are not a good fit with the rest of the group. If you're a hot skier hooked up with a bunch of intermediates, you'll feel that the day was a waste of money. If you're an intermediate with an aggressive group, you'll flail for as long as you last, which won't be all day, and the guide may suggest that you just ride around in the cat rather than ski.

thanks i hear you....by the time of my trip i hope to be out some 30x so will have some legs about me

...besides i'd always err downwards in ability rating for anything new, to play it safe and not feel like 'the weakest link'

 

.my trip to what now appears to include revelstoke, red mtn and whitewater, sometime in february...

 

as you all know better than i,  snow conditions (esp big dumps) aren't always available 100% of the time

(even the kootenays i'm sure can get a dry spell for a bit) and don't wish to put down such

cash if conditions don't warrant it...esp so far in advance

 

....so maybe I will take my chances when i'm up at one of those resorts and see if there is a 'last minute' opening, esp for midweek

somehow i feel that if an single person showed up offering them $300-400 for a 'last minute' spot, i wouldn't have a problem getting accepted.

 

and i am doing ski specific conditioning 2-3x/wk too, plus weight training, running/cycling etc.

...my new (used) bent chetlers seeking some validation for a fatter snow day.


Edited by canali - 11/11/12 at 2:07pm
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