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We stopped by the Skevik Skis workshop the other day to pick up our new pair of Anton 112's and saw these beauties sitting there. It is a custom graphic edition of the Anton made specially for Keefer Lake Catskiing. This is a perfect match really. Skevik Skis are handmade in Vernon BC and Keefer Lake Catskiing is just 1.5 hours down the valley. Skis made for the mountains in this area of BC.
Check out that graphic too. Skevik is known for their artistic topsheets and this one fits the bill. Nice work guys. We know Keefer Lake will love em as much as we do!
There is something about this pic that encapsulates the vibe of skiing with Big Red Cats. Kieren, owner and lead guide, believes that catskiing is a team sport. When I first heard him explain this is was foreign having grown up skiing and competing it always felt like I was the only on on the team. Fast forward a few years to the phase of my life that includes a fair amount of catskiing and Kieren's remarks begin to take hold on me.
The spirit when skiing with Big Red Cats is to be out exploring terrain and getting powder, but it is more than that. Kieren has instilled this philosophy of skiing as a group and cheering each other on. Watching the next guy's line, getting pumped when someone pushes themselves, helping out after a crash, that sort of thing. The BRC style is the exact opposite of "No friends on a powder day".
We got in on some early season El Nino snow mid-December at Big Red Cats. The BC Interior was blessed with ample early snow which was a well deserved gift considering the bleak conditions from the previous season.Big Red Cats toughed it out and was ready for some payback from Mothernature and her unpredictable sidekick El Nino.
Big Red Cats was experiencing one of the strongest openings in years and stability was of the charts stable. This enable the team to get into some interesting and more sporty terrain than some of our previous visits. In fact, we saw a whole new side to Big Red. We skied chutes, steeps, drops, tight and steep trees, deep pow...you name it, we skied it. It also helped that we had sunshine rolling in and out all day. Sun and pow in early December. Incredible.
We skied fresh powder under sunny skies for two days with the BRC team and the group from Freeride Media. It was an epic way to kick off the season. We were even treated to a fine mountain side meal at Big Red Cats restaurant Fresh Cafe and Apres. Delicious food and a great environment to get fueled up for the day and wind down afterwards.
Having skied with Big Red Cats since they opened I have to say, this may have been my most favorite trip. The conditions were exceptional and we got to ski some cool zones. But what I think sunk in the most was this team thing. Kieren is on to something and is shows in all the positive feedback they get and the repeat clients that come back year after year. So if you are looking for a confortable backcountry experience filled with good times and a team environment, check out Big Red Cats. They will do their best to make your day as memorable as possible.
Christmas came early for us skiers and boarders in BC
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best pow lines in the New Year! The 2016 season is shaping up to be one for the record books. If you have a trip planned, have an incredible time...if not, make it a New Year's Resolution and get after it!
Conditions are exceptional and more snow is on its way this weekend.
We just got back from two days of epic powder skiing at Big Red Cats near Rossland BC. The conditions are exceptional with a storm forecast for Friday. There is a tonne of snow up in their tenure, great stability and tonnes of terrain open. If you are aching for some early season powder, Big Red Cats has the cure! They are up and running and have room from now through Christmas.
Treat yourself to an early Christmas present and call BRC and book a seat.
Here is a shot of lone snowboarder Tyler cruising down a natural open glade. This run was near the end of the day on November 26th. We were up checking out how the pre-season snow was stacking up. As you can see from the above video, it doesn't look like early-season up at K3 Catskiing.
After Tyler, who happens to be a tail guide at K3, was finished shredding this line, he had the biggest grin on his face. A look that said, "I made the right decision to come work here this season!"
We love the perspective of drone video and will be trying new set-ups throughout the season.
The snow is piling up and the sun is shining in the BC Interior
This week we had the chance to go out and do an early season snow check with the crew at K3 Catskiing. Although the opening is weeks away, they are off to a great start and coverage is looking amazing with over 150 cm of snow up at 2000 metres. Having this kind of snow on November 26 makes us excited to see how the rest of the winter stacks up.
We drove in with a cloudy haze hanging overhead and our hopes for a sunny day were dashed. But just as we climbed up to the cat staging area, we broke through the valley cloud and into the sun.
On a ridge near the top you can see all the way from Sun Peaks (Tod Mountain, Kamloops) in the West, to the back of Mt. Begbie (Revelstoke) to the east.
The terrain at K3 Catskiing is an impressive looking mix of peaks, open bowls, meadows and steep trees. Each run seems to offer up something new so whenever you step out of the cat it is like unwrapping a present everytime! The team at K3 really know how to read a group and make sure that the runs are taylored to the style of the group. This is probably why they have returning guests coming back year after year.
Talking with K3 Owner/Operator David Moore, he says low valley cloud is a common occurrence in the that area over the winter. The lake effect cloud hangs in over the Shuswap valley, and you still get some great sunny days up top.
So it is November right? You wouldn't think so. We have a theory about this early season snow. Operators in BC had a tough go last season. They slogged it out in the warm temps and thin snow. They did their best to show their clients the best of what their terrain had to offer despite the challenging conditions. We think that this epic early season snow is a bit of payback from ol Mother Nature for sticking with it last season.
At the end of the day we got to ski down into the sunset. The lighting was stunning and we sqeezed out every last flake of powder we could. There is nothing like a day above the clouds skiing in fresh early-season powder with your friends and excellent hosts.
Want a big pow filled smile like this guy? K3 Catskiing has some great spots still open in December and January, give them a call and book one in before it's gone.