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 Pureplus Merino Jacket brings a little class along with fit and performance
It's is ski movie premier season and that means digging through the closet for your favorite technical top, vest or jacket to wear. You know what I am talking about, you pull that sticky poly top and peel it over your head and you're good to go. Well this season we have some advice: Get yourself an Icebreaker Pureplus Merino Jacket and hit the movies with some style. You'll still get the respect of a techie outdoorsman trust us. It's Icebreaker man! You can wear it all season and it won't even stink (we have done this test, it is true!)
What we got our hands on is the new for Fall Icebreaker Pureplus 380 Merino Jacket. Icebreaker has upped their game again this season bringing a new level of style and sophistication to their line-up of merino products. The Pureplus Jacket is one of the most comfortable jackets we have tried in a long time. This is due in part because of Icebreaker's familiar fit and cut but also to the fully lined interior of the jacket. It just slides on and forms to the body.
This jacket is super versatile too. It looks good enough to dress up and go out in the evening, wear it with work clothes during the week and the head out into the elements on the weekends. The jacket is designed to keep you cozy in the wild and windy weather that these shoulder seasons tend to throw at us.
We are off to the first of the many ski movie premiers this evening. Tonight it is Sherpas Cinemas "All.I.Can" followed by TGR's "One for the Road" You will know who we are, we will be the ones sporting the latest from Icebreaker and we won't stink!
And yes, it features some mind blowing catskiing powder!
Well, we heard rumours about Season 5 of Salomon Freeski TV being even better than last year. We saw the trailer back in mid-summer teasing us about the past La Nina season. Now we have the full first episode of Season 5 and it is mind blowing! The deepness of the powder is incredible, the lines they are taking are perfect and the inventive camera angles add to all that is awesome about this video.
What's even cooler? All of this happened in our own backyard. BC was the place to ski last season and if all the predictions are correct, it will be the place to ski this winter too! Check out the footage from our friends at Big Red Cats as well as Revelstoke and Whistler Resort. Kieren Gaul from Big Red Cats told us in a recent phone conversation that Mike Douglas and the group from Salomon Freeski TV were the most tuned in and professional shooting crew they have ever encountered. We can see why, the proof is in the video above. Can't wait for Episode 2!
There will be if this B&B owner has anything to say about it
Catskiing.ca friend and fellow powder freak Andrew Lawrence is out gallivanting the countryside of Scotland right now. He has been keeping us up to date with regular Facebook posts and cell phone photos as per usual. But this photo caught our attention (obviously!). It is a photo of a very cool and presumably very old snowcat. Now, I don't think this thing was designed for catskiing, but the new owner seems to think it will work. Andrew happened upon this cat while it was parked beside the Bed and Breakfast he was staying at and asked the owner what the story was. Apparently the adventurous man had picked this awesome machine up at an estate sale nearby. He told Andrew that he plans to use it to tour around in the winter time.
I can just imagine what happened next: Andrew and the B&B owner swapped skiing stories over some fine authentic scotch. The B&B owner probably marvelled at all the stories Andrew told him of Catskiing in Canada and the simply amazing La Nina season we just had. In return, Andrew was most definitely enthralled with Scotland. The local drinks, the enchanting countryside and that fact that he found a fellow skier in a rainy little hollow across the Atlantic.
We don't have any confirmed reports yet but I am just adding things up... enthusiastic skier, owns a bed and breakfast, just bought a snowcat. Hmmm, add a little 18 year old scotch to that and a guy could probably cook up an idea to start Scotland's first snowcat operation. The one thing I didn't check is the snow to rain ratio in the area!
Thanks for the pic Andrew and for a reason to post something on a rather rainy BC Monday.
Kootenay Powder Packages from Big Red Cats and Whitewater Ski Resort
Here is the scenario: you want to go catskiing, you want to experience a resort that is all about the skiing, you want to stay in a town with a mellow pace of life where people say hi on the street. Ok, here is the deal: Big Red Catskiing and Whitewater Resort have teamed up to offer two great packages this season: The Deep Powder Package and the Kootenay Sampler Package. Check em out...
Deep Powder Package This incredible powder escape will allow you to warm up for 2 days at Whitewater, before heading over to Big Red Cats for one day of blissful snow cat skiing. Spend your nights at the hotel of your choice! Starting at $578.50 pp/dbl
Kootenay Powder Sampler Package Take a tour around the Kootenays and make this the powder adventure of a lifetime! Choose your own hotel for your 4 night stay. Spend 2 days warming up at Whitewater Ski Resort, then step it up a notch with one day snow cat skiing with Big Red Cats and finally head out to Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort for a relaxing, well deserved soak in their famous hot springs. Starting at $586.10 pp/dbl
Another teaser featuring more awesome BC Catskiing!
We are SO stoked to hear that the weather forecasters are calling for another La Nina winter here in the BC Backcountry. And this teaser for Balance of Powder will help you understand why. This very short but very awesome trailer features two legendary locations here in BC: Island Lake Lodge and Mica Heli Skiing. The powder shots in this little vid look absolutely mind blowing and we can't wait to get some for myself this season. Check out the trailer and watch for the full movie coming out this October from Sherpas Cinemas.
Editor's Pick from the 2012 Freeskier Magazine Buyers Guide. (and we like it too!)
Being the beginning of September and all, we often find ourselves with nothing better to do than hang around coffee shops and leaf through the magazines on the rack. I mean, why pay for them if they are just sitting there, right?! Anyways, on a recent trip to the caffeine store we found ourselves glued to the pages of the latest Buyer's Guide from Freeskier Magazine. One of their better Buyer's Guides yet actually. As we got through the regular hype on all the new skis we saw that BCA had been recognized with an Editor's Pick on their new Float 18 Avalanche Airbag. We were stoked because we absolutely love our Stash packs and got to play around with a Float 30 at Valhalla Powder Catskiing last season.
The Float 18 is new for this season. It is the smaller cousin to the Float 30 and an awesome choice for lighter weight safety gear. The Float 18 is only 6.5 lbs and still has an 18 litre capacity giving it plenty of room for skins, extra gear and of course, snacks. As with all BCA packs, this one comes standard with the stash pockets for the rest of your avi gear. With the weight savings and ample storage space, we think BCA has hit it right on with this Float 18 pack. We will give more detailed reviews and videos when we are out catskiing in the mountains of BC this season!
Tanner Hall gives us the rundown of what makes Retallack so special
We posted the trailer to the new movie from Red Bull that is showcasing Retallack Lodge. Now they are tempting us even more with these short behind the scenes looks at what makes Retallack such a cool place. In this one, Tanner Hall gives a candid interview as to why Retallack is his place for Catskiing in BC. Once you see the video you will want to clear your schedule and get out to the BC backcountry to enjoy a little of the catskiing terrain Tanner is chewing up!