If you have experienced catskiing in seasons past, you will know that there are a few key things that make the day incredible. Of course powder and weather are a given. Awesome guiding is another. But one of the things that makes you get the most pow in a day is a well thought out road system. The folks at Valhalla Powdercats take this very seriously.
They have a road building team that is always looking for ways to get the most out of their terrain. Here is what they have to say about the upcoming season:
The most important is the new roads we are building in the Valhalla tenure- allowing us to have two different exit zone at the end of the day. Previously you all skied out Huckleberry - we can now ski out Lost Bowl which will be an astounding difference to the ski program, as well as open up some stupendous old growth north face skiing! We can all hardly wait to go in there and shred some pow!
We can hardly wait too! Word is that their bookings are filling up but there is still some room in January and March.
Skevik Skis has done it again. They have released a graphic for the 2015/2016 ski season that throws back to the days of Windows 95 with a killer representation of the PC game Ski Free. The all new Sheske graphic has captured this game in all its glory complete with the infamous Yeti.
We are big fans of Skevik Skis and are stoked to see these skis in real life.
Also new for 2015/2016 is a wider 122mm Anton model. We're pumped about that too!
The terrain in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia is begging to be skied every winter, and this year there is one more way to do that. Gostlin Keefer Lake Lodge, an hour west of Vernon, is BC's the newest Catskiing operation. They are working full tilt to get the new lodge up and running for this season, and we can't wait to get out there and try it out for ourselves.
The interior of BC, especially around the Okanagan Valley, has been growing in popularity with a number of new cat, heli, and backcountry ski operations over the past while. Proximity to the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and it's many direct flights is a big part of that draw, making it easier than ever to get here. This avoids wasting days and money on transfers in from Vancouver, Calgary, or Spokane. Kelowna to Keefer Lake Lodge Catskiing is less then 2 two hours, and can easily add more ski days to your trip. That means more Pow, more turns, and more beer in the Lodge around the fireplace.
Give Jeff and the crew a call and see when you can get your own Monashee powder adventure at Keefer Lake Lodge Catskiing. Meow.
GoPro innovates again with this All-New GoPro Hero 4 Session. It is small, light and can be placed almost anywhere. At just 1.5 inches cubed it is packed with awesome features that you would expect from GoPro. It shoots 1080p at 60fps or 1440p at 30fps. Excellent image quality along with clear audio. Nice GoPro, nice.
Set at $399, this GoPro is a little more affordable that other GoPros. We see these starting to pop up everywhere as soon as they are release on July 12th. I know we will get one...or two or three!
The first day of Summer brings all sorts of feelings to people around North America. The seamingly endless days on the lakes and rivers, the warm evenings, the alluring aroma of the BBQ, and of course, the hope that Winter once again will return. Yes my friends, the days are getting shorter. Ski mags will hit the shelves shortly. The barrage of ski flick trailers will be upon us. It will not be long before you tire of the BBQ smell and yearn for the wafting scent of ski wax to dance around in your nose holes. Do not despair my fellow skiers, this purgatory we call summer will soon be over. We shall be knee deep in Winter in no time.
A shot of the deep poweder at White Grizzly Catskiing
We got some exciting news just before Christmas but couldn't share it until this week - one of our photos was selected for the cover of Ski Canada Magazine! The COVER!! We are just so pumped here at Catskiing Canada. Our photographer Geoff Holman is being recognized for his unique take on ski photography and skier Todd Avison feels like a childhood dream has been fulfilled.
A bit about the photo - This image was captured during an early season trip to White Grizzly Catskiing. The snow was deep and light, not what you would typically expect from mid-December skiing. Owners Brad and Carole showed us some true mountain hospitality and Brad was eager to show us to all his hot spots in the terrain. This was one of them. Surrounded by larger timbers and waste deep in powder!
Check out your favorite magazine stand for the latest issue of Ski Canada Magazine. We are off to shoot more photos!
We are at it again testing next year's skis up at Big White Ski Resort
Another year, another ski intro test and we made sure we were there. We look forward to this ski into event every year up at Big White Ski Resort. This season were searching for something to wow us. Something new, something innovative, something fresh. We aren't sure if we found our 'Elenore' but we did ski some pretty fun skis.
We shot this video showcasing what to expect from the 2016 Ski line-up for our favorite shop Fresh Air. Here is a list of what we got our hot little hands on: