We dropped into Fresh Air Concept and look what we found...
Long live the ski bum, and his beater car companion
There 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.
Kieren and the crew have been hard at work opening new terrain
Kieren 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.
Handmade Skis from Reno Nevada
The new Stash BC from bca delivers sleek design, with you in mind
The Stash BC
from Backcountry Access
is a great companion to have on any backcountry adventure. BCA designed this new pack with the the things you would want, like a freeze resistant hydration sleeve, and a ski carrying system that will accomodate todays fat skis. The caskiing.ca crew will be using these this season, and we like the thought they put into designing it with the backcountry skier in mind. Click here
to buy online or find a store near you.
Book a Big PowderCats Safari!
For the FIRST time, ski TWO great cat skiing operations and ONE amazing resort combined. This season Valhalla Powdercats, Big Red Cats, and legendary Red Mountain Resort join together to offer one Big Powdercat Safari. The package includes:
- 2 Days of Cat skiing with Big Red Cats
- 2 Days of Cat skiing/riding with Valhalla Powder Cats
- 2 Days of skiing at Red Mountain Resort. (lift tickets not included - this gives flexibility for more cat skiing or skiing at Red)
- 7 nights accommodation at the base of Red Mountain
- This package is only suitable for advanced to expert skiers with previous back-country powder skiing experience.
Cost: C$2,265 Plus tax
For more information call either
Valhalla Powdercats 1-866-722-SNOW (7669)
Big Red Cats 1 250 362 2271
Enter our Contest, come to BC!
I was reading the latest edition of Powder Magazine today trying to get my fix in this in-between season. As with every issue, I start by reading the Letters to the Editor (I already looked at all the pow shots while perusing at the grocery store). This months Best Letter was offering up a full outfit from Outdoor Research Side Country line-up so naturally I was intrigued since we are on the OR program now.
This letter was to awesome to not post. The writer has finally cracked and can't take all our west coast stories about epic powder. I love his enthusiasm but offer him this advice: Book a trip today. Come to BC. Call us up. We would love to show you around. Pack your bags though, because you won't want to go home. He should definitely ENTER OUR CONTEST!
The one thing this letter did for me was realize again how fortunate I am that I live in British Columbia, the epicenter of Catskiing and Heliskiing. Check out his story here > > >
Check them out for more BCA gear...
We were cruising around the sunny Okanagan this week promoting our Catskiing Giveaway Contest It gave us a good excuse to visit all the local shops to check out all the new gear and still call it "working". An exciting time of year for sure: you can still mountain bike all the while everyone around you is getting stoked for ski season.
We happened to drop into Union Cycle in Kelowna BC and were surprised at what we saw. Union Cycle is a core little bike shop but we had no idea what they did in the winter.
As it turns out, they are the go to place for backcountry gear in the area. What really got us going was their stock of the new handmade ski line Moment Skis and also that they had a few brand spankin' new Float 30 packs from BCA.
The guys were kind enough to show us the packs and snap off a pick or two.The pic here is of Dale showing us the weight of the New Float 30 pack.
If you are searching around for a cutting edge avalache safety pack, be sure to give the crew at Union Cycle a call - 250-979-4327
avalanche training and education, a key to making our sport safe
If you are interested in getting yourself educated , here is a great place to start. The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is a non-government, not for profit organization dedicated to public avalanche safety. You can start with their online avalanche course (it's free!) It's a great way to gain an understanding of avalanche safety basics or to refresh your avalanche knowledge after a long summer.
The next step is an Avalanche Skills Training course. With an AST course you'll learn the vital fundamentals of travelling in avalanche terrain. For more info on the CAC or to get involved with their programs, visit them here.