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Big Red Cats - Rossland BC ?

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Been web searching Cat Skiing in lower BC area and sort of leaning toward Big Red Cats out of Rossland.  Have Intermediate, Advanced and Expert cats, standbye rates and they are pretty close to me.

Anyone have any experience with Big Red, would like to hear some comments etc.  thanks   Pete  Was thinking of going standbye not a 3 day trip as too much money.  Also I can drive to Rossland and if conditions are good can try to get on the cat Standbye and if not can just ski Red or Whitewater.
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 I've never done Cat skiing there, but I can tell you that Red Mountain is awesome!  Most of the mountain is off-piste.  I was there for a snow day a few years ago and it was so cool.  There's a ridge at the top and skiers basically ski along the top of the ledge and if they see a space between two trees that is wide enough to fit a person, and there are no tracks at that spot, they drop in!  I found an old local dude who offered to show me the mountain.  Apparently this guy walks from town to the mountain and back every day and then skis all day.  

And the woman who ran the B&B we stayed at was equally awesome. She was hilarious as she was trying to politely ask when we wanted to have breakfast, when what she really wanted to say was "we're eating early because I want first tracks".  

And of course like most interior BC towns, Rossland is pretty cute and has some great restaurants that serve awesome local wines.  

I think I need to get myself back to Rossland...

Elsbeth
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 I've never done Cat skiing there, but I can tell you that Red Mountain is awesome!  Most of the mountain is off-piste.  I was there for a snow day a few years ago and it was so cool.  There's a ridge at the top and skiers basically ski along the top of the ledge and if they see a space between two trees that is wide enough to fit a person, and there are no tracks at that spot, they drop in!  I found an old local dude who offered to show me the mountain.  Apparently this guy walks from town to the mountain and back every day and then skis all day.  

And the woman who ran the B&B we stayed at was equally awesome. She was hilarious as she was trying to politely ask when we wanted to have breakfast, when what she really wanted to say was "we're eating early because I want first tracks".  

And of course like most interior BC towns, Rossland is pretty cute and has some great restaurants that serve awesome local wines.  

I think I need to get myself back to Rossland...

Elsbeth


 

 Where are you from?  I have only been there once and it rained really hard and consquently really sucked.  Plan on watching snow reports this year and getting up there again.  Can you recommend any restaurants?  thanks for info.  Pete
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 I'm from Ottawa (eastern Ontario), so admittedly everything out west is awesome compared to what I usually ski on.  The only ski trip I've ever had that was rainy and sucky was to Fernie.  They had only two runs open and they were very slushy, but they still charged full price for lift tickets. Not cool!  

I agree on watching snow.  I like to see what the season's looking like somewhere before heading there.  I also check with a great book that I have called Ski North America.  It lists most resorts with key details like vertical feet; % of hill that is expert, and annual snowfall. I will check both current season and typical season to help me pick spots. That said - I don't recall if Red is in there.  

Have you thought about Kicking Horse? I haven't been there yet, but am eager to go.  Lots of vertical, lots of expert terrain, and I believe great snow.  

Elsbeth
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Pete; are you a member of the Eagles Club? 

On a trip to Red one Super Bowl weekend we went into their Eagles, Friday night.  That was an absolute hoot!  We end up going back Saturday night and Sunday for the game.  It is upstairs on the uphill side of the main street.  Not  a lot of skier types but really nice locals, and they made a mean chili.

We wondered down to the hockey rink one night and watched the little guys play.  If watching that doesn't make you feel good you are a cold hearted Grinch.  Watching those little guys you begin to see why the Canadians kick our butts at that game. 

We hit a couple of nice restaurants too but they were not nearly as memorable.
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Pete; are you a member of the Eagles Club? 

On a trip to Red one Super Bowl weekend we went into their Eagles, Friday night.  That was an absolute hoot!  We end up going back Saturday night and Sunday for the game.  It is upstairs on the uphill side of the main street.  Not  a lot of skier types but really nice locals, and they made a mean chili.

We wondered down to the hockey rink one night and watched the little guys play.  If watching that doesn't make you feel good you are a cold hearted Grinch.  Watching those little guys you begin to see why the Canadians kick our butts at that game. 

We hit a couple of nice restaurants too but they were not nearly as memorable.

Thanks Stranger, yep to say Canadians LOVE hockey would be a big understatement.
post #7 of 8
We met the owners of Big Red Cats when we were looking at Canadian real estate.  I can't remember the ladies name, but I found her here on Epic.  She and her husband were starting the Cat ski operation, and she was a realtor.

She didn't stay around Epic long, but they were very nice and seemed totally competent.  I have no first hand info on the cat skiing, but they said they had access to some good gladed areas when the avy danger is high, a big plus in BC!
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Thanks Newfy, I talked to her the other day and got their Standbye rates and how it works.  Hows Oregon, we had about 3 in up top and then it got warm so Zero now but it is early.
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