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post #1 of 19
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My dad's turning 50 this november, so I thought I'd take him cat skiing. We live in the Okanagan Valley of BC, but are willing to travel a bit to do it. I was thinking maybe Revelstoke? Any other thoughts? Anyone experienced their cat terrain? Or does anyone have any other thoughts on what/where we should do/go?

His birthday is in November, but we would probably end up taking the trip in Jan or Feb to get the best snow condn's.
post #2 of 19
Under the classification of Other gifts:
My husband got a new YZ250FWR for his 50th. *the 08 not the 09


I'm a very good wife
post #3 of 19
I think Revy is probably a good choice. I hear there is some good Cat skiing around Nelson also. I went near Fernie 2 years ago, not so good.

The best gift would be Heliskiing though .

JF
post #4 of 19
Check out Mustang Powder Guides (mustangpowder.com). The Lodge is great, the food is good and the skiing is awsome! It should be an easy drive from where you live to the pick up spot. From there they drive you to the remote lodge on the cat.
post #5 of 19
Monashee Powder Snowcats has a great operation.

Not too bad a drive for you to get to their pick-up location in Lumby.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by shirk_007 View Post
Monashee Powder Snowcats has a great operation.

Not too bad a drive for you to get to their pick-up location in Lumby.
That might be a pretty good option too... Have you personally tried it? What kind of terrain will we get to hit? How big are the groups?
post #7 of 19
Ive been catskiing in Revelstoke. Before the new resort was in there it was incredible. Now the cat skiing area is about 1/2 the size it used to be and most of the cat skiing operation is run on more south facing slopes which often times means heavier snow and more variable conditions. I would check into some other places before deciding on Revelstoke
post #8 of 19
I would second Monashee Powder. Been there two years in a row. Great terrain and people. Incredible snow. Check it out. http://www.monasheepowder.com/
post #9 of 19
I've been to both Monashee Powder and Mustang Powder Guides and the skiing at both is great, but the lodge at Mustang is much better. I would not go back to Monashee after comparing it to Mustang.
post #10 of 19
Nelson and Fernie both have good cat operations. Can't speak for Nelson, but i've heard good things. I rode Powder Cowboy last spring and am going back this year.



I liked it better than riding a heli.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by Supraman View Post
My dad's turning 50 this november, so I thought I'd take him cat skiing. We live in the Okanagan Valley of BC, but are willing to travel a bit to do it. I was thinking maybe Revelstoke? Any other thoughts? Anyone experienced their cat terrain? Or does anyone have any other thoughts on what/where we should do/go?

His birthday is in November, but we would probably end up taking the trip in Jan or Feb to get the best snow condn's.
Chatter Creek (Golden) is one of the very best
www.chattercreek.ca but very $$$$$$$$$$$

This year my wife and I are headed to Big Red Cats (Rossland)
www.bigredcats.com

They appear to be very nice people...ask for Paula
post #12 of 19
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Chatter Creek (Golden) is one of the very best
www.chattercreek.ca but very $$$$$$$$$$$

This year my wife and I are headed to Big Red Cats (Rossland)
www.bigredcats.com

They appear to be very nice people...ask for Paula

Have you gone with BigRedCats before? Looks pretty good.. Any idea what teh terrain is like? We want to get into some true backcountry and really like steeps and chutes etc....
post #13 of 19
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Have you gone with BigRedCats before? Looks pretty good.. Any idea what teh terrain is like? We want to get into some true backcountry and really like steeps and chutes etc....

No I have not...please send me a PM and i will call/ e-mail you with allof the info I have.

Right know I am just pooped and do not have the energy to type out all of my thoughts and info that I have.
But...I dooooo want to help you
post #14 of 19
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I liked it better than riding a heli.
That's going a little far.....snowcat is much better than resort skiing but it isn't even in the same ballpark as heli. You can cover much more terrain and pick only the best lines in a heli. Of course snow cats don't fall out of the sky and kill you so they have that going for them
post #15 of 19
I can attest that Monashee rocks. I go back every year. And easy to get to from the Okanagan. Call Carolyn. She'll hook you up.

Your dad's a lucky man!
post #16 of 19

big red cats

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No I have not...please send me a PM and i will call/ e-mail you with allof the info I have.

Right know I am just pooped and do not have the energy to type out all of my thoughts and info that I have.
But...I dooooo want to help you

Call Paula @ Big Red Cats...she and her husband own the place.
We selected BRC because they offer intermediate (ability) Cat skiing.
You on the other hand want the steep and deep stuff..so I cannot comment on the terrain at Big Red Cats.

Big Red offers trips by the day...where as other places make you sign up for three and four days.

Other places to consider are Chatter Creek (Very good and Very $$$$) expensive along with Island Lake Lodge ( just outside of Fernie)
Have fun we will be in Rossland for 8 days...1/28/09--02/06.09
post #17 of 19
Oldefarms- I have a group of 12 going to Rossland 1/31-2/8. Will be skiing an advanced cat with BRC 2/1, 2/2, 2/5, & 2/7. I have three other friends going out on an intermediate cat either 2/4 or 2/5. They might be with you. How big is your group? Send me a pm if you'd like to share some beers while we're all there.
post #18 of 19
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Anyone tried WildHorse in Ymir (near Nelson) or Retallak in Nelson? I haven't been able to get a hold of anyone at Retallak to get any more info, but from what I found on their website it looks like a pretty solid operation.

http://www.retallack.com/

http://www.kootenayexperience.com/catskiing.htm
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Supraman View Post
Anyone tried WildHorse in Ymir (near Nelson) or Retallak in Nelson? I haven't been able to get a hold of anyone at Retallak to get any more info, but from what I found on their website it looks like a pretty solid operation.

http://www.retallack.com/

http://www.kootenayexperience.com/catskiing.htm
I have not skied Retallack.

I have skied WildHorse. It's a fun operation, but definitely funky. When I went, Trevor was running a cat with a homemade passenger box. It had neither heat, nor windows. Dress warm, and watch the branches! I can't comment on the accommodations, since I live nearby and ski standby. I think they stay at the old hotel in Ymir.

From your description of what you want, I think you should look at Valhalla Powder Cats (www.valhallapow.com). I've heard excellent things about their snow and terrain, although admittedly much of it was from Dave Lussier, who was (and maybe still is) one of the lead guides there. Dave is a good guy and has a full international mountain guiding certification (i.e., not just associate, and not just skiing). I haven't spoken with him in a couple of years, though, so he may have moved on.

Valhalla is combined with Snowwater Heli Skiing, and they offer combination cat skiing and heli skiing packages, if you want.

Strangely, even though the Valhalla pickup point is just a few minutes from my house, I haven't skied with them. $$$$, don'tcha know! Anybody wanna donate so I can do a really killer trip report?
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