The latest news from the catskiing / snowcat industry. Where to ski, who has snow, whats happening. We also post reviews of the latest gear, skis, and some general interest stuff. Be sure to check for last minute deals to make your winter vacation the best.
The Powder Highway gives Fuel to Kate's Addiction!
Kate Eidger is this year's lucky recipient of the 2012 Powder Highway Contest. As you can see by the video above, this girl eats, sleeps and breathes powder! We can only imagine that 3 months of shredding BC's best powder at some amazing resorts, Catskiing operations and Heli skiing operations will take her further down the rabbit hole of powder obsession. We approve...Congrats Kate!
Andrew Pilliar collects on his prize and really cashes in!
True story: we have a good friend named Andrew who lives in Vancouver and entered the Ski Canada 40th Anniversary Sweepstakes Contest. When word went out on Facebook a few months back that a certain Andrew from Vancouver was the winner, we were convinced it was him. We couldn't confirm the last name so we naturally assumed it was our Andrew. I mean, how many Andrews can there be in Vancouver? We were going to research this to really show that we are hot journalists but were distracted by ski videos on Youtube...
"Subscribing to Ski Canada this year was one of the best decisions I've made in a long time - winning 2 days of cat skiing at Mustang Powder absolutely confirms that!
I'd never been cat skiing before - though it had been on my wish list for years - and I was a little skeptical about the snow conditions as I drove from Vancouver to Mustang's pick-up spot between Sicamous and Revelstoke. Although the website said they had 6 feet of snow at the lodge, the roads and countryside were snow-free as I drove up, and I expected that the conditions had been exaggerated. I was wrong.
Saying that my two days at Mustang were the best early season skiing I've ever had doesn't do them justice. They were among the best powder days I've ever had. Period. Mustang runs a very smooth operation - staff are very personable and professional throughout, the food is terrific, the lodge is very comfortable, and most importantly, their guides are there to find you as much great skiing as possible. No run farming.
I'm very impressed with Mustang's operation, and can't wait to try to come back with friends in the future."
It was great meeting you Andrew. Now we have two friends named Andrew!
Our first trip of the season is now over and we are back to the harsh realities of the real world. But the images from our past two days at Mustang Powder are still burned into our minds. It doesn't help that Geoff, our photographer, filled an entire memory card on his camera this trip. Everytime I take a break from work I find myself starring at shot, after shot, after shot...
The photos in question chronicle our two day trip from December 5th to December 6th. They tell a story of epic early season snow that blanketed the nothern Monashee range. Mustang is always the first operation open each season and this year guests were treated to a base that was just shy of 2 metres (over 6 feet!) at the lodge. Who knows how deep it was around the terrain we were skiing, but we can tell you this: there is a lot of snow up there.
These shots also tell the story of the terrain that can be found up at Mustang Powder. We were guided around to everything from open bowls, evenly spaced trees, pillow lines, rocks, drops, chutes... you name it, we skied it.
We want to thank Nick, Ali and Jess for making this trip happen and to Bruno, Heidi, Zoe, Steve, Jack and Larry for guiding us to some incredible terrain and keeping us safe. Mustand Powder is a top notch operation and we will have many stories posting over the next few weeks about our experiences on this season's trip.In the meantime, enjoy the photos below:
Today was day one for us at Mustang Powder and it was like an early Christmas present. 'Saint' Nick has his crew finely tuned and ready for the season. They have tonnes of cat roads already in serving an early abundance of untouched Monashee powder. Seriously, the snow here is deep considering it is only December 5th.
The groups are stoked, the guides are fantastic and really know there terrain, and the beer at the lodge is excellent. Tonight, we are being treated to a wine presentation by Patrick Maloney from Snowwater which is sure to be a treat as well.
Here are a few shots from today. If these don't tempt you to pick up the phone and call Mustang, check your pulse and see your doctor right away. More to come tomorrow...
New Packages from Selkirk Wilderness Skiing Could be the Gift You are Looking For
What do you do if the person on your Christmas list has all the gear they could possibly need? Get them catskiing of course! For the 2011/12 season Selkirk Wilderness Skiing has added a few new packages to its mix to provide guests with added flexibility. SWS was the legendary birthplace of catskiing in 1975, and they got it right with an amazing mix of terrain, lodge atmosphere, and friendly staff. You arrive a guest, and you leave as part of the Selkirk family. Check out the photos and video of our 2011 trip to Selkirk Wilderness Skiing.
We are off to Mustang Powder today to kick off the season!
The winter tires are on the truck, the new OR Gear is stuffed in our bags, our skis are mounted and waxed...we are prep'd and ready for Catskiing season to start. Our first trip of the season begins today at Mustang Powder. They have been hit with some amazing early season Monashee powder and we are eager to get out and test it for ourselves.
Here is what Nick from Mustang sent us this morning just to get the stoke going a little more:
Conditions have really shaped up here at Mustang Powder. We have recently completed our staff training and the ACMG mechanized skiing course is coming to an end. We are looking forward to a great early season of powder skiing. We are already at an average of 200cms at treeline which is above average and every skier has been coming back to the lodge with huge grins. This last storm has left us with 50cms of dry powder. Temperatures have been hovering around -2 to -7, perfect for great snow conditions and comfortable skiing. For early season powder skiing you Gotta love the Monashees!!!
Oh yeah! Stay tuned for a full report later in the week. For now, enjoy these few pics from the crew at Mustang:
A Gift Certificate from Big Red Cats should do the trick!
Do you have a powder lover on your Christmas list? Usually these people have all the gear they could ever need and always seem to find their own stuff anyways. Why not take a different approach this Christmas and give the gift of powder skiing at Big Red Cats in Rossland BC. Big Red Cats is offering a few different gift certificate options this season:
$299 plus tax for pre-purchased Stand-by day (date confirmed 24 hours in advance)
$350 plus tax for scheduled date before January 15th, 2012 and after March 11th, 2012
$430 plus tax for scheduled date between January 15th, 2012 and March 11th, 2012
Eagle Pass Heliskiing now offers transfers to Mustang Powder Catskiing
In BC, the highways can be unpredictable. They can close, some trucker could jack-knife his truck... who knows. Having lived in the province our whole lives, we have seen many ski trips cancelled or 'modified' because of unexpected closures. So why not rise above all that?!
We want to say thank you to all of the service Men and Women serving at home and abroad. You help make this country great. It is a priviledge to do what we do here in the mountains of BC and we never want to take that for granted.