We Have a Winner!

Announcing the winner of the Great Catskiing Giveaway Contest

After months of preperation we have announced a winner to our first ever Great Catskiing Gievaway! Jeremy Honchell of Calgary Alberta has won a 2-Day catskiing trip for two. He and a very lucky friend will now get to choose from one of our participating cat skiing operators and enjoy 2 days of powder-filled awesomeness. But wait, there's more... Jeremy and his guest will also be packing their gear in new BCA Stash Packs, staying warm and comfortable with some Icebreaker merino wool underwear and sporting some stylin' trucker hats from BCA.

We would like to thank everyone for entering our contest. This will not be the last chance to win some sweet prizes from Catskiing.ca. Be sure to join our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to stay in the know.

A huge thanks also to our participating catski operators: Big Red Cats, K3 Catskiing, White Grizzly Catskiing, Valhalla Powdercats, Selkirk Wilderness Adventures, and Fernie Wilderness Adventures. And for sweetening the pot we have to thank the fine folks at Icebreaker Clothing and Backcountry Access.

Snow and Glading at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing

New snow and chainsaws, what more could you want!

The Crew at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing dropped us a note to tell us what has been going on up in Meadow Creek.  As you can see in this picture from last week, the snow is falling and starting to build up.  They also had their glading crew out working to clear runs this fall so you can get the most out of you time skiing at SWS.

Selkirk-snowcat-glading"Selkirk Wilderness has been committed to its glading program since the mid 80’s and it is one of the reasons that the lines back to the lodge are so epic. Along with the forecasted “La Nina” snowfalls, all aspects of the mountain should be in great shape early in the season. Our saw crew has just finished four weeks improving the runs on Meadow Mountain.  Most of the brushing and glading work was done on the front side of the mountain this year, from the A-frame down to the lodge. The work done spacing the trees to the perfect distance will make the journey home even more fun: returning guests will notice wider, cleaner lines on Lower Rolling Thunder, Brummit’s Gully, No Name, and Home Run. See you when the snow is deep!"

Flylow Tough Guy Glove

Baked in the Gloven to keep you warm and dry!

So why are we spotlighting what appears to be a work glove on a catskiing site?  Well thats a good question... They are work gloves, yes: durable, comfortable, leather. but with a difference . These gloves have made the mystical journey through Flylow's gloven.  Triple baked and double coated with SnoSeal Bees Wax you can now wear these manly gloves with confidence in the snow and ice. 

Knowing that your gloves won't turn into a soggy mess is nice. Knowing that you only paid $28 for the gloves is even better.  Check out the Tough Guy gloves at Flylow's online store.


Package Deal at Island Lake Lodge with Backside Tours

Everything you need for a powder filled weekend, in a return trip package out of Calgary, only 10 spots left

Island-lake-backside-toursBackside Tours is a company that provides tour packages for skiing, surfing, golf, and more.  This winter they are planning a catskiing trip to the legendary Island Lake Lodge.

The trip departs from Calgary on March 17, 2011 and returns March 20.  This trip will have a max of 34 skiers and a Package Price of $2199 + GST.  What a deal!

As of November 1 they only had 10 spots remaining!  You will have an awesome time as you float down the eastern slopes of the Lizard range in the majestic Rocky Mountains with Island Lake Lodge catskiing.....

Snow is piling up at Mustang Powder

More reasons to book your catskiing trip there this year

mustang-powder-cat-skiing-oct-2010Mustang Powder is an amazing multi-day lodge operation located just outside of Revelstoke, BC.  The snow is starting to pile up in the mountains, and that gets us pumped for the upcoming season.  We just received this great update from Rob at Mustang Powder, and wanted to share it with you.

After another busy summer and fall at the lodge, the snow has started to fall.  These pictures were taken last week and with 50 cm’s already on the ground and more in the forecast, we’re starting to get very excited for the upcoming season.

We’ve once again added new terrain for the upcoming season, this time pushing south into a new zone called ‘Broadway’.  Here you’ll find open east aspect runs along with some gladed southerly tree shots.  There are also some steep chutes that will entertain the stronger skiers when stability allows us access to them....

Outdoor Research goes searching for the Sidecountry

OR launches a new skier focused clothing line

Outdoor Research Sidecountry Clothing
For the 2010/10 season, Outdoor Research has come out with a Sidecountry clothing line. This line of clothing was designed more specifically for mechanized skiing (lift, cat, heli). Complete with all the things you look for in a regular ski jacket, but still with the great features and infinite guarantee you have come to expect from Outdoor Research.

The 2011 Powder Skis are on the Shelves!

We dropped into Fresh Air Concept and look what we found...

We dropped into Fresh Air Concept in Kelowna BC in hopes that some of their new gear was in...and it was! Here is a quick video showing the 2011 K2 Obsethed and the 2011 Rossignol S7. We treid both of these skis out last season and were impressed. The Rossignol S7 was included in our 2011 Powder Ski test so you can check that out here. We are long time fans of the K2 Obsethed and recommend you contact the fine people at Fresh Air for assitance in finding your next pair of powder skis this season!

Ski Bum Minvan Driver

Long live the ski bum, and his beater car companion

ski-bum-carThere a some things in life you choose to buy, and some things that choose you. I chose to buy my Kia Sedona minivan because it was practical, but the 1990 Honda civic chose me.

I am a 29 year old father of 4, a loving husband, a die hard skier, and I drive a minivan. My friends are fine with most of those things, but I do seem to take a lot of flak for driving a minivan. It just happens to be the only vehicle in my life that I have purchased new was the minivan. My wife drives it most of the time, and nothing beats it for hauling around the family and assorted gear, (I know you closet minivan drivers are in agreement, the rest of you just keep reading). Even though cramming 4 or 5 skiers and all their gear in a car is not nearly as comfortable as riding in the van, I have still yet to convince any of the skiing crew to take it on a road trip. They did agree to take it to an out of town concert because there were 5 of us, but they put paper bags, literally, on their heads as we drove away.

New at BRC - Introducing Jaws and The Candy Bowl

Kieren and the crew have been hard at work opening new terrain

brc-new-terrain-2010-tnKieren and his crew of chainsaw wielding powder enthusiast have spent hundreds of hours adding more skiable terrain to their already awesome 19,300 acres. Not only have they been cleaning up ski outs and glading, they have been opening some pretty awesome looking new runs.

Named Jaws and The Candy Bowl these two new areas cater to the more advanced skiers. Big Red now services eight peaks. The new areas seen here really round out their offering to all skiers with something for intermediate skiers, advanced skiers and now experts.