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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

My family goes west for skiing once a year. Next year I'm looking for one day of cat skiing mixed with a number of resort skiing days. I've looked at Revelstoke, Whitewater, and Park City so far. I plan to go during the 2nd week of Feb instead of the usual XMas holidays to get the best snow. Right now I'm leaning towards Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which we skied before and like.  They offer a package of resort and cat skiing. 

 

Any suggestions? Booking a year ahead seems to be a very difficult thing to do and I'd like to be fully informed. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

 

Jack

post #2 of 15
Had a good experience mixing in Red Mtn, Big Red Cats and Whitewater if you're inclined to be around Rossland and Nelson. Also, Valhalla right there. Even checked out a Trail Smoke Eaters game for a fun Friday night.
post #3 of 15

The problem with Revelstoke's Cat Op,  it's right next to the resort.   Lot's of people tour there and the cat terrain is really easy lap.

 

I also like the WhiteWater/ Red combo and their proximity to a bunch of different cat ops.

post #4 of 15
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We've skied Red and Whitewater in March before we liked them very much. The only problem is getting there. I drove from Calgary last time, visiting Fernie on our way. I guess the easiest way is flying to Spokane? Also do you book cat skiing in advance or go there first?

 

Jack

post #5 of 15
We flew to Spokane. Bookedknths in advance because we had 6 people. If you can book closer in then you'll have a better shot at best conditions. Tough call...
post #6 of 15

Ditto Red and Whitewater are a great combo.  From Ottawa, you can fly direct to Castlegar and there is a shuttle service from the airport.  At Red, you can even wet your tastebuds with inbounds cat skiing for $10 per ride.  There is no accommodation in resort at Whitewater, but you could easily make a day trip from Red.   

 

Revelstoke is also great, but if you're adventurous then you may prefer the cat skiing operations outside of the resort.

 

We are a ski travel boutique and would be happy to help with planning a trip to any of these three resorts mentioned.  The best accommodation deals at Red are to be had if you book before July 31.  At Revelstoke, we can offer on-hill or downtown accommodation.  To find out more about us, please visit www.powderrangers.ca

post #7 of 15

If you end up in Revelstoke, go with K3 over the resort. The only way I would go with RMR's operation is if it's a big powder day and all the tracks by slackcountry skiers are covered up.

post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Thank you, Dino, PowderRangers, and Alex for your suggestions.

post #9 of 15

Check out the cat skiing at Grand Targhee, Wyoming.  Incredible powder on the cat ski mountain right next to the resort, and prices are pretty good.  I've gotten resort packages that include a cat ski day several times, and you can stay at the resort, in town (Driggs), or rent a house.  I've taken the family several times, worth a look.

 

This is last year

 

 

 

 

Only other cat skiing I've done is Cat ski Irwin, which is at Crested Butte.  Very posh, they fit you for their Wagner powder skis, and take good care of you.  It's way out of town, and they have their own cabin that they work out of.

 

Great terrain to plunder

post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by jk603h View Post
 

My family goes west for skiing once a year. Next year I'm looking for one day of cat skiing mixed with a number of resort skiing days. I've looked at Revelstoke, Whitewater, and Park City so far. I plan to go during the 2nd week of Feb instead of the usual XMas holidays to get the best snow. Right now I'm leaning towards Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which we skied before and like.  They offer a package of resort and cat skiing. 

 

Any suggestions? Booking a year ahead seems to be a very difficult thing to do and I'd like to be fully informed. Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

 

Jack


Have you heard of the new cat skiing north of Ogden?  Whisper Ridge did a little testing last winter.  Have pretty plush cats.  I talked to them at the Boston Ski Show in the fall.  60,000 acres of private land.

post #11 of 15

Free cat skiing at Loveland and Keystone (well, five bucks a ride).

 

Rich

post #12 of 15
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Have you heard of the new cat skiing north of Ogden?  Whisper Ridge did a little testing last winter.  Have pretty plush cats.  I talked to them at the Boston Ski Show in the fall.  60,000 acres of private land.

Most of their tenure is below 7,000 ft. I'm sure they have some good days. But much like PowMow, I bet you have to pick them.
post #13 of 15
They have cat skiing here, down the ridgeline a bit from the resort. Haven't done it, others have, I'm sure its value is according to the conditions of the day.

http://greatnorthernpowderguides.com
post #14 of 15
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If you end up in Revelstoke, go with K3 over the resort. The only way I would go with RMR's operation is if it's a big powder day and all the tracks by slackcountry skiers are covered up.

^^^This. RMR has a reputation of cancelling the Cat skiing with little notice and as Alex C says, skiers can hike over from the Stoke chair and poach lines that you are paying 6X what they paid for a lift ticket.

 

K3 is a day skiing only operation with no lodge but they will pick you up at your hotel in Revelstoke. I skied with them several years ago and they offered a discount for 2 or more days in a week. They don't have to be consecutive days so you can take a rest day in between Cat days if desired.

post #15 of 15
I thought cat skiing qualifies as a rest day?

OP: The typical day Cat OP will get you 8-12,000 vertical feet of skiing.
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