It might have been the first day but conditions were mid-season.
We had the priviledge of helping the crew at K3 Catskiing open their area for the season. Trust us when we tell you, the conditions are excellent! Kris, Rod & David have been working hard all early season to get in as many roads as possible. Their efforts coupled with a few recent gifts from La Nina enabled us to access terrain we were skiing mid-February last season.
If you are looking to get in some pre-New Years turns but have been wondering if conditions are good enough, wait no more and call the guys at K3.
K3 Catskiing is day skiing operation near Revelstoke BC. It is a short drive from Kelowna, Kamloops and even Calgary. If you are looking to ski multiple days, call their office and they can help you set up with one of the great places to stay in either Revelstoke or Sicamous.
We had the opportunity to ski at K3 for the first time this year, and I have to say, I sure hope we get back there again soon. It has made a great impression on us for a number of reasons, and I know we are not alone. The elements that have pushed K3 to the top of our to do list are: the terrain, the snow, the hospitality, and the ease of access. If you were to read no further, that would suffice as minimum practical info. But please, read on.
The first vehicle I ever owned was a 1990 Chevy Blazer. It wasn't anything special, but it was my first, and I will always remember that. The first place I ever got to go catskiing was at Valhalla Powdercats. Now that is something that not only sticks in my head because it was my first time catskiing, but how amazing the skiing was.
Have you ever heard of a place called Kaslo? How about New Denver? Odds are, unless you live in the BC interior, or have a good knowledge of it, you have never heard of those places. But nestled at the top of the pass between these two Kootenay towns is a place called Retallack.
We are back to reality now. It hasn't been that long since we were at Mustang Powder but it feels like a lifetime ago, if it actually happened at all. I say this because it really did seem like a dream. Let me explain....
Big Red Catskiing has a perfect blend of glade skiing that can accommodate all levels of skiers from Intermediate to Advanced. No major cliffs to huck yourself off of, but some beautiful slopes, trees, drifts, and features that make it all worth it. Each run is about 1500 vertical feet which makes for no wait times with the cat. That Saturday we managed to get eight or nine runs in. Perfect.
We had been skiing with the great crew at Valhalla for a couple of years, but this was our first trip to the new tenure they had got for themselves. We were going to miss the old terrain because we had made some of our favorite tracks there, and not to mention the year before we were skiing on 60 cms of snow that had accumulated from the previous week. What we were missing in the old terrain, was met with a whole new variety just a few mountains away.....