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Mustang Powder Cat Skiing

post #1 of 11
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My and my friends decided we want to go someplace sweet for our graduation next year. Flipping through Freeskier, saw an ad for Mustang Powder cat skiing in BC. Any one have any experiance with them and/or cat skiing in general. It looks like a cheaper alternitive to heli-skiing. ? ?
post #2 of 11
I've been to Mustang and I highly recommend it. Great lodge, food and terrain. I just talked to a friend who was there last week and he said they had knee to waist deep powder every day. I've also been to Mike Wiegele's and CMH for heli skiing and because the value is so much better I'm sticking with cat skiing from now on.
post #3 of 11
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how many runs can you expect to get in a day? how fast are the cats?
post #4 of 11
We averaged 10 to 12 runs each day. Most runs are around 2000 foot vertical. The terrain is equivalant to the BC heli trips I've been on. The cat trips back up the mountain took 10 to 15 minutes, just enough time to relax, warm-up, and drink fluids or eat. BC cat skiing is the way to go and I think Mustang is one of the best.
post #5 of 11
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We averaged 10 to 12 runs each day. Most runs are around 2000 foot vertical.
That would be a really big day in a cat. I would say 14,000ft would be more of an average. I've gotten as few a 8,000 with a diverse group and poor conditions. IMHO I would go for the heli.
post #6 of 11
I have heard that you can go in worse (better?) weather, a major plus considering how many heli plans are delayed or cancelled for snow! but if you get car sick, could be an issue, noise, fumes, bumping all around. just sayin' what I've heard.
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I have heard that you can go in worse (better?) weather, a major plus considering how many heli plans are delayed or cancelled for snow! but if you get car sick, could be an issue, noise, fumes, bumping all around. just sayin' what I've heard.

That's why http://www.snowwater.com is the best deal going....heli op if the weather is good and if the bird can't fly you are in the cat ripping the pow. Ski all day every day, great lodge, great staff, tell Patric and Maria that David says Hi! Your welcome
post #8 of 11

British Columbia cat skiing

There are quite a number of very good cat skiing operations in British Columbia. Mustang has a good reputation, but there are many other choices, too.

Be aware that the avalanche danger is very high in much of BC this year, so terrain choices may be quite conservative.

Many cat operators have much of their terrain in the trees. Heli operators tend to offer more open bowl skiing. This can vary with operator, current conditions and available terrain, of course.

Note that Valhalla Powdercats advises intermediate powder skiers to ski with their partner, Snowwater Heliskiing. They say that their cat ski trips are for "strong" skiers and riders. If you are not an experienced powder skier, the presence of trees will not make you any more comfortable. This factor may apply to other cat operations as well.

On the other hand, as has already been pointed out, cats run when it's dumping. Helicopters do not.

Although many of the operators run well into April, the powder is usually (not always) colder and drier in January and February.

Be in shape. The last time I went cat skiing (local standby - I didn't stay at the operator's lodge - you think I'm rich???) in late January last year, I met the group at 7 am and we skied until dusk. It was a long day.

Beg, buy, borrow or rent some fat boards. It will make your day easier.
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Originally Posted by jhcooley View Post
There are quite a number of very good cat skiing operations in British Columbia. Mustang has a good reputation, but there are many other choices, too.

Be aware that the avalanche danger is very high in much of BC this year, so terrain choices may be quite conservative.

Many cat operators have much of their terrain in the trees. Heli operators tend to offer more open bowl skiing. This can vary with operator, current conditions and available terrain, of course.

Note that Valhalla Powdercats advises intermediate powder skiers to ski with their partner, Snowwater Heliskiing. They say that their cat ski trips are for "strong" skiers and riders. If you are not an experienced powder skier, the presence of trees will not make you any more comfortable. This factor may apply to other cat operations as well.

On the other hand, as has already been pointed out, cats run when it's dumping. Helicopters do not.

Although many of the operators run well into April, the powder is usually (not always) colder and drier in January and February.

Be in shape. The last time I went cat skiing (local standby - I didn't stay at the operator's lodge - you think I'm rich???) in late January last year, I met the group at 7 am and we skied until dusk. It was a long day.

Beg, buy, borrow or rent some fat boards. It will make your day easier.



Im in New England, my widest ski is volkl mantra 96 mm waist. how wide do you think i should go?
post #10 of 11
I've spent about 30 days cat skiing over the last 6 years, went the first time because we got a sweet deal and ended up quickly addicted. Since then we've hit Mustang x2, Monashee, Valhalla, White Grizzly, Powder Cowboys, Retallak and Big Red Cats.
Other than Big Red I wouldn't hesitate to make a trip based around any of them, but Mustang is definitely my favorite for overall experience with Retallak close behind and White Grizzly taking the prize in the mandatory air category.
What you ski depends on a combination of the snowpack and the strength of the skiers in your cat. You can expect tight trees in any case and the better the skiers you're grouped with, the steeper it'll get. Good skiers and good stability will be get you into the alpine for steep, fast above treeline runs with lots of opportunity for airtime.
We typically get the same 10-12 runs in as mentioned above, the trick is to be able to beat the cat to the pickup spot, the more it waits the less you'll ski.

Edit: Just your post above. Mantras would do the job, but the fatter the better in my opinion. Mustang has a pretty good rental fleet with some reverse camber skis, superfat traditional shapes, etc. If you don't own anything fatter than the Volkls, picking from their fleet wouldn't be a bad plan.
post #11 of 11

I've been very fortunate to visit Mustang Powder a few times, and feel that this is a first class operation in every aspect- especially the terrain.  conditions have been superb 4 of 5 trips- with bottomless pow in 2007 and 2006. That's right- bottomless- unbelievable.  60/40 tree/alpine terrrain is what is usually delivered

I totally concur with previous comments that you can't find any better than Mustang- arguably the best tree skiing in the world and 1800 cm seasonal snowfall on average is what you'll find- and that applies to most of the cat operators in the Columbia Mountains overall. Count on 8-11 runs per day- 1500-2000 vertical per run

 

The food was incredible- and the staff are great- guides will gauge your group quickly and get you the best lines possible. 

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