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smaller resort w/ daily cat skiing avail

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Can anyone recommend a good and challenging place to take a group of advanced skiers (and some novice gfs) looking to get away from the 'disney' aspect of some of the larger resorts while having some good daily cat skiing options without the commitment/expense of an all inclusive 3+ day cat trip. Thinking kicking horse, fernie, silverton type places. Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Dave
post #2 of 22
How about Ski Cooper?

It might be a little short on advanced terrain though.
post #3 of 22
Selkirk Powder Company at Schweitzer
San Juan Ski Company
Chicago Ridge at Ski Cooper
Lightning Ridge at Powder Mountain
post #4 of 22
grand targhee in wyoming
post #5 of 22
Steamboat
Big Mountain
post #6 of 22
Powder Mountain
post #7 of 22
This may be a little too Disney for you, but when conditions allow - Keystone CO offers rare opportunity for a la carte snowcat rides ($5 a pop) into introductory level backcountry. The groomed trails there also provide a great setup for novice GFs.
post #8 of 22
Steamboat Powder Cats

Ski Cooper, Chicago Ridge

Both excellent,
post #9 of 22
Crested Butte/Monarch, with cat skiing by the day at Monarch, but only if the Butte is having a very good snow year.

Kicking Horse would also be good but I believe the closest cat skiing is about a 2 hr. drive to Revelstoke on the other side of Rogers Pass, which closes for avalanche work when it dumps big. I think this is one of the best combo options since the mountain and the cat skiing both have very good terrain. You also have some day heli-skiing options there.

Silverton would work with very intermediate skiing at Durango Mt. Resort (a/k/a Purgatory) for the GFs and Silverton Mt. for the guys with two cat skiing operations between them, but this has extremes with SM being literally extreme and Pugatory being very flat, and both cat skiing operations have very short runs and farily flat terrain except in the late spring.
post #10 of 22
Monarch cat skiing is very good. The terrian on the hill is good for the novices.
post #11 of 22
Kicking Horse kicks butt for advanced terrain & long runs. I was there this winter & had a great time, but there is not much for the GF's. There is Heli-skiing out of Golden, 10 minutes from the resort.

Panorama has RK Heli-skiing by the day from the resort

I also hit Fernie & did a day of Cat skiing.

I did a trip report called "Ski Safari Montana & B.C." for more information.

Targhee also has Cat skiing & would be very convenient to throw a day in. Jackson is just over the pass for more challenge.

JF
post #12 of 22
Alyeska
post #13 of 22
Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Bailey cat skiing.

I had an amazing week in Alyeska last March, but you've got to throw at least one heli day into that mix.
post #14 of 22
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Silverton would work with very intermediate skiing at Durango Mt. Resort (a/k/a Purgatory) for the GFs and Silverton Mt. for the guys with two cat skiing operations between them, but this has extremes with SM being literally extreme and Pugatory being very flat, and both cat skiing operations have very short runs and farily flat terrain except in the late spring.
This is a great option unless anyone in the party is squeamish about scary roads. Highway 550 is pretty scary in good weather..... and it's been known to snow a bit in those parts

If you get snowed in at Silverton, they do have a community rope tow hill. Now that would be a good story to tell around the holiday table. "Yeah, we were dropping cornices and shredding chutes at Silverton Mtn while the ladies rode the rope tow......"
post #15 of 22
3rd Monarch. the mountain is small enough for GFs not to mind being left to their own devices but there is some nice tree skiing and some very nice hike-to terrain in Mirkwood basin and the cat skiing is pretty cheap especially in the off season. I've not done the cat skiing there but it is reputed to be challenging. Salida is near by with hotels (think motel 8) and little restaurants. there is a lodge nearer the mountain which is inexpensive but a little dog eared. The food at the base is cheap and very good. And Wolf Creek and Crested Butte are both not too far if you need more snow or more steep respectively. None are too chi-chi except maybe crested butte, but you might like one day/evening of disney...
post #16 of 22

Smaller Resort Cat Skiing

Dam5h, Try this: Stay in Nelson BC and ski Red Mt. and Whitewater. Contact Valhalla Cats and go out with them. Small town atmosphere, some really good skiing and if you want you can go stand bye and save some big bucks cat skiing. Valhalla Cats lst class operation and will meet all the challenge you desire. Red Mt. - Rossland and Nelson really low key, reasonable but good food, variety of lodging and friendly small town folks. Look up Valhalla, Nelson etc. on the net and you'll get plenty of info. I talked to owner of Valhalla last year and stayed in their parking lot in my Camper, even had electricity. Good Times!
post #17 of 22
Big Red cats at Red Mountain near Rossland, B.C. is probably exactly what you're looking for. We are booking a week next February for our third year in a row. Red Mountain is the best small resort I've ever skied and when there are freshies, the steep tree skiing can't be beat.

Big Red Cat runs intermediate, advanced and expert cats. They will also do split cats- where a guide takes the advanced skiers down a more difficult route while another guide takes the intermediates down an easier way and actually provide some powder coaching. We did one day of that and everyone enjoyed the fact we could all spend the day together. BRC is opening up a third mountain next season which will make a good experience even better. And, check their pricing- nobody even comes close. www.bigredcatskiing.com

Mt. Bailey is a great mountain but unless the GF's are strong skiers, there is nothing there for them The closet lift served skiing is a couple of hours away at Bachelor.
post #18 of 22
Monarch certainly fits the bill for what you are looking for.

http://www.skimonarch.com/

You can stay in Salida for fairly cheap. Some of the best snow in Colorado falls on that pass imo. The backcountry around there is really good too, if you are so inclined to earn your turns.

Canada is also a great option...
post #19 of 22
Try the newly expanded lift, snowcat, heliski resort at Revelstoke, British Columbia.
post #20 of 22
At the risk of the secret getting out, Powder Mountain fits your criteria.
Always good snow!
Plenty of gentile groomers for those who like gentile groomers.
Although only 7 lifts the place is expansive. Even when the parking lot is full, you may feel like the only one on the hill.
For steep and deep - - -
Lightning ridge is served by snow cat only.
Powder country is served by an old school bus. You ski down to the access road and the bus brings you back up.
Also some nice "out of bounds type" skiing off the fixed grip quad - go to skiers left.

The catch is the access road - it's not where you want to be when the roads are bad. 7 miles of fear. So if the roads are bad, go to Snowbasin or stay on the mtn.

One other tip - call or check the website first to make sure everything will be open.

Have fun.
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
wow, lots of good of good info. thanks a bunch, a lot to mull over.

i've been to several of those places, has powder mtn changed at all since 95? couldn't find that many long steeps but I might not have looked in the right place. plus the cat operator was going to leave us at the bottom at days end unless we gave him an extra 200 bucks, but luckily the ski patrol showed and towed us up

leaning towards red, spent new years 98 there and its pretty cool, didn't know about that cat option there. has that area changed much since then, also hit big white and fernie on that trip.

I guess the cat part is not a necessity if the mountain itself has something close enough.

will check out monarch.

thanks again,
Dave
post #22 of 22
Red is putting in a new chair this Summer, opening up more beginner / intermediate terrain. Perfect for the GF's while you're out enjoying the cat served pow.
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