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.
In the sometimes surreal world of high-octane action sports, there seems to be a continual upping of the ante. For sheer absurd entertainment value, there is little that compares to the newish sport of wing-suit flying. These slightly “off kilter” athletes jump out of a helicopter or off a cliff, fly with their specially designed wing-suits and engage a small parachute when close to a landing zone. With little room for error, these stuntmen have not only been pushing the boundaries, but annihilating them.
In April of 2015, Island Lake Catskiing invited some of the top wing- flyers in the world to come up for some post ski season fun. The 5 KAVU and GoPro Team athletes of Marshall Miller, Jesse Hall, Neil Amonson, Jeff Shapiro, Hartman Rector, came up and blew minds with their flying. After a few rounds the “flyers” became more comfortable and buzzed Papa Bear Peak, flying about 10 feet off the summit. Hartman Rector, whom has a reputation for pushing the envelope a little further, not only buzzed the big peak, but also did a cork screw (360 rotation) trick in mid flight – a truly impressive sight. Though on the surface these athletes seem a bit reckless and crazy, the fact is that everything they do is highly calculated and planned. Close proximity flying is premeditated and every detail thought through, as the consequences are high.
Conquering the Useless by Cody Townsend and Team Thirteen
Maybe it is all the espresso I have had to get going on a Monday morning or maybe it is that this trailer is just that thrilling. I can't wait to see this film in its entirety this Fall. The steepness and gnarliness of this trailer really get s guy going! How long till winter?
Conquering the Useless comes out early October 2015 on itunes. Check here for all the details...
If you have experienced catskiing in seasons past, you will know that there are a few key things that make the day incredible. Of course powder and weather are a given. Awesome guiding is another. But one of the things that makes you get the most pow in a day is a well thought out road system. The folks at Valhalla Powdercats take this very seriously.
They have a road building team that is always looking for ways to get the most out of their terrain. Here is what they have to say about the upcoming season:
The most important is the new roads we are building in the Valhalla tenure- allowing us to have two different exit zone at the end of the day. Previously you all skied out Huckleberry - we can now ski out Lost Bowl which will be an astounding difference to the ski program, as well as open up some stupendous old growth north face skiing! We can all hardly wait to go in there and shred some pow!
We can hardly wait too! Word is that their bookings are filling up but there is still some room in January and March.
The terrain in the Monashee Mountains of British Columbia is begging to be skied every winter, and this year there is one more way to do that. Gostlin Keefer Lake Lodge, an hour west of Vernon, is BC's the newest Catskiing operation. They are working full tilt to get the new lodge up and running for this season, and we can't wait to get out there and try it out for ourselves.
The interior of BC, especially around the Okanagan Valley, has been growing in popularity with a number of new cat, heli, and backcountry ski operations over the past while. Proximity to the Kelowna International Airport (YLW) and it's many direct flights is a big part of that draw, making it easier than ever to get here. This avoids wasting days and money on transfers in from Vancouver, Calgary, or Spokane. Kelowna to Keefer Lake Lodge Catskiing is less then 2 two hours, and can easily add more ski days to your trip. That means more Pow, more turns, and more beer in the Lodge around the fireplace.
Give Jeff and the crew a call and see when you can get your own Monashee powder adventure at Keefer Lake Lodge Catskiing. Meow.
GoPro innovates again with this All-New GoPro Hero 4 Session. It is small, light and can be placed almost anywhere. At just 1.5 inches cubed it is packed with awesome features that you would expect from GoPro. It shoots 1080p at 60fps or 1440p at 30fps. Excellent image quality along with clear audio. Nice GoPro, nice.
Set at $399, this GoPro is a little more affordable that other GoPros. We see these starting to pop up everywhere as soon as they are release on July 12th. I know we will get one...or two or three!
The first day of Summer brings all sorts of feelings to people around North America. The seamingly endless days on the lakes and rivers, the warm evenings, the alluring aroma of the BBQ, and of course, the hope that Winter once again will return. Yes my friends, the days are getting shorter. Ski mags will hit the shelves shortly. The barrage of ski flick trailers will be upon us. It will not be long before you tire of the BBQ smell and yearn for the wafting scent of ski wax to dance around in your nose holes. Do not despair my fellow skiers, this purgatory we call summer will soon be over. We shall be knee deep in Winter in no time.