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Wildhorse Cat Skiing- BC

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Any Bears ever go cat skiing with Wildhorse Cat Skiing out of Ymir BC ?  Opinions ?

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Personally, I love the place.  It isn't posh like many cat ops....but thats part of its charm.  Run by great people (Trevor) and staying at the Palace is a blast.  Ymir is a small place....pretty much just one bar in town, but it is a great place to catch up with the locals.  Terrain is awesome at Wildhorse.  I went a couple years ago and really want to go back.

 

 

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Personally, I love the place.  It isn't posh like many cat ops....but thats part of its charm.  Run by great people (Trevor) and staying at the Palace is a blast.  Ymir is a small place....pretty much just one bar in town, but it is a great place to catch up with the locals.  Terrain is awesome at Wildhorse.  I went a couple years ago and really want to go back.

 

 


You stayed at the Palace is that the Ymir Hotel ?   Thought I might go standbye, stay at the ymir hotel and ski whitewater if no room on the cat.   Pretty good standbye rates.   Is the palace different.   Ymir Hotel has a bunk room which might meet my cheapskate budget.
 

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I've skied with Wildhorse. It's funky and fun - as powbrewer said, it's not posh.

 

I've never stayed in Ymir, since I live just up the road.

 

When I went, the terrain was pretty mellow and the snow was excellent. Confidence in the combination of deep powder and trees is necessary, as it is with most cat skiing operations. Neither Trevor nor his tailgunner were certified guides at the time, although that may have changed by now.

 

The passenger box on the cat wasn't heated and lacked glass or plexiglass in the windows, so the people sitting next to the windows had to keep their goggles on to avoid getting swatted in the eyes with tree branches. A helmet helps, too.

 

Of course, Trevor might have upgraded both the passenger box and the cat itself by now.

 

I went in January. We skied until dusk, and then skied down as far as possible before catching a ride on a rope behind a snowmobile. This can be very challenging when you're tired. A sled being pulled by another snowmobile is available when you can no longer stand up.

 

The snowmobiles wouldn't have had the power to take us all up to the starting point, but they served to get us back to the cars, and they're cheaper to run than the cat.

 

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 The first run was straight down out the left side of the photo. No tracks, as you can see.

 

Have fun! I did.

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