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.
We just found our about some new stuff coming down the pipe from Icebreaker to keep you toasty and warm this season when you're out in the mountains. Icebreaker's Fall/Winter 2010/11 GT Range is designed to give wearers a compettitive advantage in high performance sports. Merino wool is paired with LYCRA for a technical fit and faster dry time while strategically placed eyelet fabric adds ventilation.
Shown here is the GT 260 Pursuit Range: Midweight for cold weather conditions, wear it solo or under insulating layers. Check out the GT line here.
Tired of reading the same old ski tests in the magazines each year? Have you ever been to a ski test and wondered what these beautiful powder skis you are skiing on would be like actually in the powder where they belong rather than on the corrduroy? So did we and that is why Catskiing.ca and Big Red Cats decided to do something about it.
Excavation time is by far the biggest contributing factor in avalanche fatalities. By reducing or eliminating burial depth you substantially increase your chances of survival. The Float 30 is the first airbag that is both affordable and easily reusable. Back Country Access uses a smaller cylinder, single–chamber 150–liter airbag, and super–efficient venturi system to reduce cost and weight. The airbag itself not only helps prevent burial, but protects the head, neck and upper body from trauma. With its location behind the head and away from the hips and arms, it preserves the user’s peripheral vision and his or her ability to escape the avalanche before it picks up speed. Click here for more info and a demo video of the BCA Float 30
Got the itch to go catskiing, but it's summer where you live? Then get yourself to Chile where catskiing is just beginning at Ski Arpa.Open from mid-June to mid-October with an annual snowfall of over 16 feet, it may not be quite like skiing in BC, but hey, it's summer. It also sounds like an adventure of a place to get to, with a 108 km drive from Santiago, part of that on back roads. We haven't been down there yet, but if you have, drop us an email and give us your take on it. Host Anton "Toni" Sponar, who spends his summers in Chile while wintering in Aspen, and his son are out to show you a good time when you get tired of the beach in the north.
Fancy the ida of cat skiing in a small group - ony six guests and two guides - skiing or boarding in steep, challenging terrain? This past season Mustang Powder Catskiing had a successful pilot project of 'Small Groups - Steep Chutes' ski program. This upcoming winter it will be an interesting and regular addition to the Mustang Powder Cat Skiing experience. What is the 'Small Groups - Steep Chutes' ski program?
The crew at Valhalla Powdercats would like to extend a big thank you to all their guests for helping make the 2010 season a successful one. A shiny new look in on the way for a 2011 season. The snow base was good this year, and they want to remind you that they will operate as long as they have bookings - well into April. They are also introducing a spankin' greyhound-style bus next year to sweeten up the ride from the office to the cats - and if you had the chance to ride in the old blue school bus, you know this is an impovement. Martin can't wait to drive this baby!
Besides the great new ride and the fact that Vallhalla Powdercats hasn't raised their prices in three years, they are offering a full cat shoulder season incentive right now. One payment of 50% secures your three day full cat package. Normally $3,885 per day ($11,655), they're offering this deal for only $10,500. VALID UNTIL JULY 1. Check out the deals at Valhalla Powdercats.
The winter season is over but we haven't stopped thinking about snow. So here's the deal: in preparation for next season, Back Country Access is offering a discount to our friends on all of their remaining 2009/10 season Stash packs (sorry, Float packs are not included). How do you cash in? Simply visit the online store, put the packs in your cart, and at checkout, enter the coupon code FRNDS10. You'll get a 25% discount on the retail price of any Stash pack you buy!
Here’s a sneak peek of the new gear for 2010/11:
Float Avalanche Airbag Packs: They've changed the material and styling—and added a diagonal ski carry system and hydration sleeve.
Stash Packs: For 2010 Back Country Access re-worked and streamlined the entire Stash pack collection. This year they’ve also introduced their first-ever dedicated snowmobile pack, called the Stash Throttle.
Probes: BCA has added grip tape to the probes and encased the Quickie loops with a robust cable housing for easier handling in winter conditions.
Need help with an order? Call Back Country Access at 303-417-1345 and they'll answer any questions you may have.
Big Red Cats announced an new creative Catskiing program – The New Big Red Cats Flexipass - skiing for just C$350 per day. If guests come for 6 days – Big Red Cats will guarantee that guests get out for at least 3 out of the 6 days – at the level that the guest books either intermediate, advanced, or Expert. Big Red Cats will determine which days that you ski within the 6 day period. This is good for guests because it provides:
Better conditions – by allowing Big Red cats to switch your days – this means that we can optimize the conditions of your trip
Better skiing - Means you ski that Big Red Cats can build more cohesive groups – this helps ensure that you only ski with other guests of a similar ability. (Big Red Cats is the only operation in BC to offer separate, Expert, Advanced and intermediate Cat skiing).
Lower costs – skiing for C$350 per person per day is a great deal.
On the other 3 days (out of the 6 days) guests have choice of: