We had the opportunity to get out to Big Red Cats late in the 2013 season on March 22. What we thought might be some great skiing in the sun, also surprised us with pockets of light powder all over the place. BC was getting some great late season snow, and a cold front had rolled in. It was a chilly -17 when we rolled into the parking lot, but clear as could be, and that made for a day of amazing vistas mixed in with the skiing.
Big Red Cats features 8 different peaks and over 150km of cat roads, being later in the season and with good snow stability we had unlimited choice of the tenure. Our lead guide Kieren tailored the day to access the best snow and terrain to fit our group.
After dropping off of Mackie, we continued on skiing and travelling east to the other side of the tenure. Mackie, with it's numerous different runs from open chutes on one side to trees on the other side, is one of my most favorite peaks at Big Red. From the far Northeast side of the skiing area, you can see from Red mountain, to Trail, to the dam in Castlegar, in a spectacular 360 degree valley view of the west Kootenays.
By the afternoon it had warmed up considerably, and was great Spring skiing. We had the pleasure of skiing with a fun group from the US midwest, and they were all smiles coming to the end of their week long trip to BC. Spring sun and skiing with new friends, couldn't ask for much more.