My son and I are hoping for the opportunity to do a little cat skiing this season. I don't have a problem with paying the price for a couple days of great powder riding, but I would only want to go if there was fresh snow to be had. We live in central Washington, right on the Oregon/Washington border so many of the interior BC options are doable with only a day or two notice. It would be a bit of a drive, but not unreasonable for 2-3 great days of powder skiing.
I guess what I am hoping for is any advice on finding open seats on a cat trip on short notice? We would even consider a day or two of heli skiing if the price was reasonable and conditions were going to be epic. Do cat companies keep lists of people that they call or send e-mails to in the event of cancellations, or do we basically just have to check the websites or call them to see if by chance there is an open seat available? Are there any tricks to finding open space on cat or heli trips on short notice or is it just being int he right place at the right time? I am generally fairly flexible in terms of my work schedule and I would usually have no problem pulling him out of school for a day or two of untracked powder. Basically, it's just finding the available space in conjunction with favorable conditions.
Thanks for any advice,