Canada Cat Skiing

Cat Skiing BC - Selkirk Wilderness - where it all began
You can take a snowcat just about anywhere (see top of ridge) - SWS
Chatter Creek Lodge - biggest cat skiing terrain in the world
Cold Smoke - Chatter Creek
Fernie Wilderness Adventures - day & multi-day adventures
Hucking cliffs with Fernie Wilderness Adventures
Big Red Cats - Red Mountain Resort - largest number of snowcats
Big Red Cats has a vast amount of alpine and trees
Valhalla Cat Skiing BC - some of the best terrain & best snow in BC
Valhalla Powdercats - you can take the easy way down or...
Retallack Cat Skiing BC - for those who like it really steep!
Retallack Cat Skiing BC - tight steep trees
White Grizzly Cat Skiing BC - only for those who can keep up
White Grizzly is located near Meadow Creek
Wildhorse CatSkiing in BC is rustic & very affordable
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing BC - for those who want to cruise
Mustang Powdercats - an iconic BC cat skiing operation
Skeena Cat Skiing BC - huge terrain way up north
Island Lake Cat Skiing Fernie - a luxury cat skiing operation
So where is the best cat skiing in BC? Click on the image above to find out

Canada Cat Skiing

Cat Skiing BC Canada Reviews

Cat skiing BC is paradise for powderhounds. With all that fresh powder to sniff out and face shots galore, a powderhound’s tail will definitely be wagging if they go British Columbia cat skiing.

Many avid skiers and boarders around the world don’t know what cat skiing is, but the Canadians certainly do, and for them “knowledge is powder”!

What is Cat Skiing?

So why would a powder hound (a dog) want to go cat skiing? Shouldn’t it be dog skiing? So if you’re wondering what the hell cat skiing is, it’s a fabulous form of guided backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

Cats or snowcats are large grooming style machines that transport about 14 skiers and snowboarders up to backcountry areas in a purpose built cabin. Whilst skiers and snowboarders are guided down fresh powder runs, the cat makes its way back to the bottom to pick them up to take them on the next run. Most BC cat ski operators have exclusive access to a large ski area that’s big enough to ensure riders always have fresh tracks for powder skiing – awesome!

Benefits of Cat Skiing Canada

BC cat skiing offers an opportunity to get away from the congestion and crowds at the ski resorts. “There are no friends on a powder day” is a common saying, but when you go cat skiing there is no powder panic and no need to use your elbows to get fresh lines. Freshies are almost guaranteed, and you only have to share the powder with a small group. Of course another huge benefit of Canada cat skiing is that there are no mogul runs and definitely no unruly lift queues.

Snowcat skiing has some similarities to heli skiing, with one of the main differences being that it’s much cheaper. Heli skiing also has grounded days where the helicopter can’t fly due to the weather. Thankfully snowcats can still go out in snow storms, and when the powder is falling is when you most want to be out there skiing.

The only downside to cat skiing BC is that it’s very easy to develop an addiction to powder skiing. You have been warned!

Where is Cat Skiing in Canada?

Cat-skiing was pioneered in the Kootenay Rockies over 25 years ago, and British Columbia Canada continues to be the home of cat skiing.

The British Columbia Interior is renowned for cat skiing within mountain ranges such as the Rockies, Monashees, Selkirks, Purcells and Valhallas. The cat skiing areas in these mountains are renowned for receiving large quantities of light dry powder with phenomenal annual snowfalls of 12-18 metres. Pack your snorkel!

Due to the legendary snowfall, the area in the south-east corner of British Columbia has been called the Powder Triangle. There’s a bit of debate as to how far the triangle extends, but it includes the areas near Nelson, Rossland, Fernie, Meadow Creek, Revelstoke and Golden.

The Nelson region has the greatest concentration of BC cat skiing operations, which includes Retallack and Valhalla Powdercats, a day operator. Big Red Cats near Rossland is also in the vicinity of Nelson, and Meadow Creek about 1:45 hours north of Nelson has a couple of cat ski operators including White Grizzly and the famous Selkirk Snowcat Skiing (the inventors of cat skiing).

The Fernie area in the southeast corner of BC has two companies: Island Lake Lodge; and Fernie Wilderness Adventures. Not far away over in Alberta is Powder Stagecoach at Castle Mountain.

The Golden and Revelstoke regions have various operators including Mustang Powder, Chatter Creek and the Revelstoke cat skiing operation at Revelstoke ski resort. Great Northern Snowcat Skiing is based at Trout Lake, about 1.5 hours from Revelstoke.

There are also a couple of Whistler cat skiing operations in western BC, and Skeena Cat Skiing is located in northern BC.

See our cat skiing Canada stats comparison for an overview of the locations of the BC cat ski operations.

Snowcat Skiing Safety

The discipline of cat skiing is not without risks considering that it occurs in the remote backcountry. Avalanches are one of the primary hazard concerns and the operations put various strategies in place to lessen the risk.

The BC cat skiing industry is highly regulated so the emphasis on safety is much higher than with cat skiing in other parts of the world. Cat skiing BC has very high standards in relation to avalanche mitigation strategies and the safety briefings provided, and all operators provide highly qualified lead and tail guides to accompany the cat skiing group.

Types of Cat Skiing BC

Multi-Day Packages
The most common format of cat skiing in Canada is that of multi-day trips that range from 2 to 7 days (i.e. destination cat skiing). The packages include all meals, and accommodation is provided in an exclusive remote lodge (or in a tented camp in the case of Skeena Cat Skiing). Sometimes these wilderness lodges can be only be accessed by snowcat or helicopter. Multi-day operations include:
  • Near Meadow Creek - White Grizzly, Selkirk Wilderness Skiing
  • Revelstoke - Mustang Powder 
  • Trout Lake near Revelstoke - Great Northern Snowcat Skiing
  • Near Kicking Horse - Chatter Creek 
  • Near Fernie - Island Lake Cat Skiing 
  • Near Smithers (1.5hr flight north of Vancouver) - Skeena Cat Skiing
Single-Day Packages
Another category is operators that only offer single day cat skiing. Of course you can go cat skiing more than one day, but accommodation is not included in the package. Most day cat skiing operations tend to be near ski resorts or significant towns. This is ideal for people visiting the area to get a taste of what cat skiing is all about before plunging in head-first to a cat ski powder holiday. Some day cat skiing operations are:
Multi-Day and Single Day Packages
Here are some BC cat skiing companies that offer multi-day and single day cat skiing:
Our cat skiing Canada stats comparison provides an overview of the type of package on offer for each company.

NB Many of the BC cat skiing operations fill up quickly, so try to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Canada Cat Skiing Packages
Selkirk Snowcat Skiing
6 Nights Lodging + 5 Full days cat skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
The Selkirk Classic includes 6 nights of accommodation in the Selkirk Wilderness Lodge plus 5 days of cat skiing. The ultimate ski holiday starts on a Sunday afternoon and goes until the following Saturday morning.
Price p/p From price based on 6 nights twin/double-share room and 5 days cat skiing in high season.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD ex taxes.
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USD 4,595
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White Grizzly Lodge Packages
From 2 Nights Lodging & 2 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
A few days or a week long adventure with White Grizzly will have you grinning from ear to ear for months afterwards. Located in the Kootenays, where you will find epic powder combined with exceptional terrain. Packages include lodging (Canadian Log Cabin style), guided cat skiing, all meals and use of avo safety gear
Price p/p From price based on 3-day/3-night, twin/double or triple-share room, regular season (rates per person).
Base/invoice currency is in CAD ex taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,373
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Great Northern Snowcat Packages
From 3 Nights & 3 Days Cat Skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing (GNSS) offers fabulous multi-day mixed-group packages from 3 to 7 Nights (3 to 6 days of cat skiing) staying in their private lodge. All meals are included in the package.
Price p/p From price based on 3 night/3 day package in twin/double-share room in high season.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD inc taxes.
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USD 2,475
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Chatter Creek Packages
3 nights | 3 days cat skiing
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chatter Creek offers 4 & 5 day cat skiing packages (3 days early & late season) inclusive of accommodation, meals and helicopter transfer to the lodge. 4 day packages offer 3 days of cat skiing, 5 days offer 4 days of cat skiing & 3 days offer 2 days of cat skiing.
Price p/p From price based on 3-day package which includes 3 days cat skiing & 3 nights lodging in high season
Base/invoice currency is in CAD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,797
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Keefer Lake Packages
3-4 nights | 3-4 days cat skiing
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Keefer Lake Lodge offers 3 & 4 day cat skiing packages inclusive of guided snowcat skiing, accommodation (rooms with ensuite) in lovely lodges, meals, snacks and use of safety equipment, including airbag backpack.
Price p/p From price based on 3-day package which includes 3 days cat skiing & 3 nights lodging in shoulder season
Base/invoice currency is in CAD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,482
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