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Our second day at Selkirk Wilderness blows our minds!
We just got back from a two day adventure to Selkirk Wilderness Skiing in Meadow Creek BC and it all seems like a dream. Day 1 was amazing, full of powder, sunshine and a mixed bag of snow, cloud and...did we say powder? We went to bed expecting more of the same the next day but to our surprise it has snowed even more!
Our guides Jeff and Rob had us organized and out the door early so we could get to a place that hadn't been skied in almost three weeks: Lightning Ridge. (Remember, it has been storming in the BC interior all March) Our first run down Cadillac off the ridge was mind blowing. The snow was light and thigh deep. Since it was so good, Jeff insisted on another lap...and then another and then we just decided to session the whole ridge for the rest of the day!
Definitely one of our best days in the backcountry. We will have many more shots to show you over the next few days, but for now these will have to do...
Oh, and there may be a few spots left from now until the end of next week. Get it while the getting is good!
Call 1-800-799-3499 to fullfill your powder dreams. Make sure to tell them Catskiing.ca sent you.
We journey back to the place where it all started.
It's the end of our first day here at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing in the interior of BC and the day brought us a bit of everything. We arrived here at the tail end of a BC storm cycle that brought somewhere in the neighbourhood of 100cms in the last week. Add that to the in and out sun all day and you could say it was rather epic.
If you are a valley dweller, you may be seeing rain, warm temperatures and a few flowers popping up here and there. You would never know that there is a crazy amount of snow up in these hills...with more on the way.
We are now sitting in the lodge resting after another great hand prepared meal by Melissa and the SWS staff about to enjoy a few apres ski beverage and prepare for what tomorrow brings us!
Here are a few pics of today with many more to follow.
As I sit here and write this post, it is currently sunny outside my office window. However, there is white stuff all over the hills. It is a sign of the snow storm activity that is hitting British Columbia right now. My phone has been buzzing all morning with reports from Whistler adding up to 75cms in the last few days, my old hill Manning Park Resort stacking up 48cms in 48 hours. But if you look at the image above you will see where the crux of the precipitation is right now. It's the Kootenays.
In particular the snow is dumping on the Selkirk and the Purcell mountain ranges. Reports from Big Red Cats say 'Out of the Office, will return calls tomorrow'. Stellar Heliskiing reports another 20cms on the 80-something they got last week. Selkirk Wilderness Skiing is reporting tonnes of March snow with more pounding down right now!
And that is what gets up particularly excited. The report from SWS makes up jump up and down in our office chairs because we are headed their this Sunday for a little 2-day adventure. We went their last year and were blown away at the foot of snow that dropped the day before we got there and now this storm looks like it is hitting just right!
This unique 3-day, 3-night package is designed specifically for those new to powder skiing or snowboarding, or for those who want to learn for the first time. Certified CSIA instructors will provide you instruction on powder skiing/boarding techniques including how to enjoy tree skiing, how to fall and get up and how to pick your line down a mountain. Guests will stay at the luxurious Selkirk Wilderness Mountain lodge situated at 1280m (4200ft) that offers panoramic views of the Selkirk and Purcell Mountains and all the comforts of home. Plus, this package wouldn’t be complete without our legendary cuisine - hearty breakfasts, scrumptious lunches and mouth-watering dinners each day.
Book after March 11th to receive this last minute deal! Call 1-800-799-3499 or visit www.selkirkwilderness.com for more info.
We are between catskiing trips here at catskiing.ca and we were looking for a way to have some fun. We had scouted this cut block earlier in year and were waiting for an opportunity to try it out. Then came along a great excuse, Adam's birthday. Check out the results of Redneck Cat skiing below. *Remember that heading out into the back country presents different hazards than resort skiing. Please make sure that you have the proper gear and experience using it.
Blue skies and fresh powder at Baldface Lodge make for the perfect day.
Photo Credit: Melissa Larsen Many of you watched the Super Bowl yesterday and I can't say I blame you. It was an incredible game with two amazing teams fighting for one of the most prized trophies in all of sports (next to the Stanley Cup of course!). Sports history was made yesterday in Indianapolis but there was another sport that progressed and made a little history of its own. I am talking about the Red Bull Supernatural that took place at Baldface Lodge located in the backcountry of British Columbia. This lodge is normally host to powder hungry skiers and snowboarders who travel from far and wide to taste a little Kootenay pow. But yesterday it was host to some of the greatest snowboarders of today.
"Take X Games and move it to a real mountain,"
- Nicholas Muller Continue Reading for some video of the action.
We hit Valhalla in the middle of a storm cycle for some cold, blower powder.
Here's a video we put together showing what it was like during our 2-day visit to Valhalla Powdercats January 16th and 17th. The first day was great, the second day was mind blowing. When we rolled into Nelson on Sunday night the mercury was somewhere 18 below freezing and the streets where silent. Even in the morning things where quite. But as you can see in the video, the deeper into the Valhalla's we went, the more Kootenay Pow we found!
We hope you enjoy the video. The music is Set em Up by Langhorn Slim. For some reason our Valhalla trips seem to involve banjo music...
New Snowcat assisted ski touring announced by Island Lake Catskiing.
Island Lake Lodge, long heralded as a premiere backcountry lodge and catskiing destination, will now be offering guided ski touring as well. Guests will be transported by snow cat into the mountains where they can enjoy touring 7,000 acres of Island Lake property. The terrain, which includes alpine bowls, gladed trees and an extensive road network, is ideal for both catskiing and ski touring. “We have always known our property is great for touring and are very excited to offer the opportunity to a wider audience,” said guiding manager Niki LePage. Multi-day stays will include all food and accommodation. Island Lake will offer packages for all levels of skiers from beginner to expert. Ski touring will be available as single day trips or as two, three or four day tours starting in April. Each day starts with a snowcat-ride into the ski terrain to get as much elevation as possible.
Island Lake Catskiing is located in the Lizard Range of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, 10 kms from Fernie B.C. Island Lake offered ski touring in the mid 80’s and for the past 24 years has been providing catskiing experiences for skiers and snowboarders.
A little footage from our day out with K3 Catskiing on January 3rd, 2012
It was a grey day at K3 Catskiing for us this year. Well, grey and white since it was snowing so hard! When the light gets low we tend to lean more towards shooting pics with our fancy new strobe set up but as it turns out, we got some pretty enticing video too. Looking back at this footage makes me want to get in the truck and head right back to K3 for some more!