Originally Posted by PhilT
Take me! Ill drive out there and teach you how to ski powder for just the price of lift tickets and a cat skiing day.
Unfortunatly I am not actually a certified instructor
but I can tell you now that I ski pow pow better than most of them
As you may recall, Pete, I live in Nelson, so I don't have to drive anywhere to ski at Whitewater, and Red is an hour from my house in the opposite direction.
I'll be happy to ski with you. I am
certified - PSIA L3. I am also, at age 50-something, no youngster.
What I will not
do is accept any compensation or give any kind of formal "lesson." I am not free-lancing, and I am not interested in undercutting or competing with any ski school.
My bias is towards Whitewater, simply because it's the closest, and I have a pass there. I will warn you, however, that Whitewater is a small area with only two old, slow chairlifts and limited groomed terrain. Much of what it offers involves trees combined with steep. It has quite a bit of side country requiring hitchiking or shuttle to get back up, and you must carry an avy pack.
Edit: I might also note that conditions at Whitewater (or anywhere else in southern BC) won't be anything to write home about before mid-January, at the earliest.
Conditions can vary wildly from one day to the next. A lovely powder day can be followed by freezing rain (BLEAH!), or a foot of soggy goop can be topped by another foot or two of relatively light and dry. It is rarely as light and dry as Utah or Colorado, however. We just don't have the altitude. The most common pattern is 3-6" of snow a day for multiple days at a time, unlike the Continental Divide pattern of two weeks of sun followed by a dump (if you're lucky). Some of the best runs can come when the ski patrol opens an area that has been closed all week because of wind loading and the corresponding avalanche risk. These areas can have 36" or more of untracked when the rope drops. Decent.
Although I routinely use skis with a 78mm waist, most people prefer skis with a waist of 90mm or more. They make heavy snow, glop and crud much easier to deal with. Don't let your ego dictate a long length, either. The best trees are too close together for long boards.
As for cat skiing, Valhalla Powdercats has very good terrain and people. I have a bias, however - I work with a fellow who guides for them.
A listing of a number of Kootenays cat skiing operations can be found at:http://www.kootenayrockies.com/membe...d=211&subid=15
PM me if interested.