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Intermediate cat skiing

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 
Hey all, I'd like to know if anyone could steer me in the direction of some cat skiing I can handle. I'm skiing all blue terrain and some single blacks. I'm really just after some deep and untracked to glide down in a bowl situation as opposed to steeps and trees. A buddy of mine who is a little better skier said he did it @ Grand Targhee and had a blast, and that he felt I could handle it. Any suggestions? Location doesn't matter, but MT and Tahoe area info would be especially useful.
post #2 of 12
Fernie,BC has cat skiing... Both the exclusive Island Lake Lodge and a more "normal" operation. I haven't tried it, but a couple of my buddies did it last year and said that the skiing was fairly easy
post #3 of 12
From what you have said Grand Targee is your best bet. They are on the west face of the of the tetons so they get alot of snow. Thier terrain is a good mix so you can stretch your comfort zone. I would give some thought to first taking a lession from thier ski school. Tell Them that you want to try some cat skiing. I'm sure they can hook you up with an Instrutor that can show you what you need to know to have a lot of fun snowcat skiing. places like GT offer a taste of skiing outside the ropes while still skiing inside the ropes. A good instrutor will not only show you the way to ski nature snow conditions but also show you some places on the mountain that offer that kind of skiing in bounds. Another place to think about is Powder Mountain Utah. Many skiers have told me that PM is more like back country skiing with a few lifts. They offer a snowcat service that as I recall They charge by the ride. They take you out on ridges drop you off you ski down to a Hwy and an old school bus will come and pick you up taking you back to the Base. Sounds kinda funky but fun.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info, anyone else with some first hand experience?
post #5 of 12
I've been to Irwin Lodge near Crested Butte. That was definitely the most hair raising skiing I've ever done, but mayvbe they can accomodate intermediates too. I've also been cat skiing at Big Mountain Montana. I was there 4 days, and we had freshies every day, and they have a lot of pretty mellow rerrain. Targee is a great place to learn powder skiing. They get lots of snow and the whole mountain is consistently not-very-steep. As I recall there were a couple of cat or snowmobile companies that would take you out of bounds there.

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I've had firsthand experience with Targhee cat skiing, and based on what you're asking, I think you'd love it.

We skied it with a full group of friends (mostly pretty good skiers) and had a great time. We were there for my wife's birthday (mid-March) and had perfect conditions. A foot of new, light snow and sunshine. Couldn't have been better.

They have *plenty* of moderate terrain and the operation is first rate.

The only suggestion I would make is that you tell them up front what your (realistic) abilities are. The most common problem you hear about cat/heli skiing is when incompatible skier abilities get grouped together. If the cat people know your abilities up front, they can try to put you with others so that you can all go at your own pace and have fun.

You don't mention it, but make sure you have some fat skis when you go. It'll make it much easier if you're learning your way into powder.

Have a great time.

post #7 of 12

Try here too.


post #8 of 12
We tried this with our cat but we couldn't find short enough skis for her.

Keep skiing faster! :
post #9 of 12
steamboat has an intermediate, an advanced and a we-don't stop-to-eat-lunch level
post #10 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thanks all, I'm probably gonna go with Grand Targhee as a side trip from Bozeman and Big Sky in Feb. But steamboat sounds appealing as well. I'll be in CO next week so maybe I'll pick some local brains.
post #11 of 12

Make sure before you book you let the operation know your level and don't exagerate. Advanced blue to black on groomed = beginner powder skier.

More important than level is fitness. I don't know if you have any experience in powder but many an unfit skier have had a terrible time. Deep snow demands strong leg, especially upper thigh, strength. If you work on your legs in advance there is no doubt you will have the time of your life.

Have fun.
post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 
Good lookin' out, will do. I'm not gonna perpetrate like I'm the mack and ruin the groups outing, including mine.
Just wanna ski knee deep all day!
Is that too much to ask?
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