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Southern Alberta - BC Riders - I'm trying to put together a full cat to go early season catskiing at Wildhorse. They offer a day of powder skiing before Dec 20th for just a bit over $200 but I need to get 12 people on board. Anyone interested? 

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Funny you should mention that.  I just emailed them yesterday about a day in early Feb, when we'll be up that way.  I'm not familiar with many operations up that way.  They are reasonably priced and the terrain looks pretty good, but I could only find limited feedback on Wildhorse.  The cat they appear to use looks pretty cheezy and there were some pretty bad comments over on TGR.  But, seemed like these were related to older issues which are hopefully resolved by now.

 

Have you been there before, if so, what did you think? 

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As I suggested in my response to carevemeister's post about driving from Nelson to Revy, you might want to check out www.powderhighway.com for links to many resorts, cat skiing and heli skiing operations.

 

Last time I went, Wildhorse was definitely funky, but it was fun. The cat was pretty cheesy, but who knows, maybe Trevor has added windows and heat by now. The price is about as reasonable as it gets.

 

The snow before Dec 20 could be very good if the El Nina prognosticators are correct, or it could be awful.

 

For whatever it's worth, many operators are willing to sell you an entire cat for the day, so you could check out other places as well. Also, Valhalla Powdercats has a shoulder season standby rate of $199 until January 15, according to their web site. Of course, if the cat is full, you don't get to go.

 

When looking at prices, remember that BC has 12% HST.


Edited by jhcooley - 11/5/10 at 10:51am
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www.powderhighway.com f

 


Nice resource.

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When i was there last in Feb 2010 it was amazing! The snow was aboundant and the terrian was untracked. The cat was in good condition, windows and heat, maybe they where running an old cat in the past. The Ymir Hotel supplies great food and atmosphere. Our group found it very relaxing and well feed. I found the ride up to the cat behind the sled pulled karts wasn't my favorite. It was raining at the vechile drop spot. But once you got to the cat it was fresh pow!! There was lots of trees that were nicley spaced (personal favorite) open bowl runs and some cliffs if you knew where to look. Trevor seemed to be happy with providing the terrain that was asked for by our group. We found that Wildhorse gave us enough vertical bang for you buck. The price is the best thats round the area.

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When i was there last in Feb 2010 it was amazing! The snow was aboundant and the terrian was untracked. The cat was in good condition, windows and heat, maybe they where running an old cat in the past.


That's good to hear, especially since the snow in Feb 2010 in the Kootenays was what we consider marginal. The base at Whitewater was only 85" or so at the time. Wildhorse and Whitewater are fairly close to each other, so they share local weather patterns. It ought to be awesome in a good year.

 

It's also great to hear that he's upgraded the cat!
 

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