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Great Northern Snowcat Skiing BC

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing in BC Canada provides a stellar powder skiing experience where you can shred lots of pow. It’s so addictive you may end up with Mad Pow Disease!

The Great Northern cat skiing is located in the Badshot Range, but these mountains are not aptly named. There are definitely no bad shots, just amazing powder shots, armpit shots and plenty of face shots! Be sure to pack your Contour or GoPro to capture all that exceptional ego snow.

Mother Nature looks very kindly on the Badshot Range and makes the snow fly a lot. Great Northern Snowcat Skiing receives an average of 15 metres (600 inches) of snow per season. The area is a snow magnet, and was judiciously picked by Brent McCorquodale back in the 1970s as a perfect spot for snowcat skiing. Brent is still the owner and operator of Great Northern Snowcat Skiing, which is a huge advantage because he and his guides know the terrain intimately. They say Brent knows the terrain better than the back of his hand, but he probably knows the area much better than that because really, who knows the back of their hand?!

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing Packages

Great Northern Snowcat Packages DETAILS
MULTI-DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGE
From 3 Nights & 3 Days Cat Skiing
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USD 2,423
Lock in 2016 rates (as advertised) before rise of 5% on May 31
Ability: Intermediate, Strong Intermediate, Advanced, 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. More
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  • Twin-share accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day
  • Daily guided snowcat skiing
  • Use of avalanche safety equipment
Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Jan 21 - Jan 24, 2017
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USD 2,543
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Jan 21 - Jan 28, 2017
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USD 4,830
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Jan 24 - Jan 28, 2017
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USD 2,850
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Jan 28 - Jan 31, 2017
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USD 2,543
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Feb 18 - Feb 21, 2017
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USD 2,543
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Feb 28 - Mar 04, 2017
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USD 2,614
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Mar 04 - Mar 07, 2017
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USD 2,295
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Mar 04 - Mar 11, 2017
8
USD 4,421
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Mar 07 - Mar 11, 2017
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USD 2,614
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Mar 11 - Mar 14, 2017
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USD 2,174
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Mar 11 - Mar 18, 2017
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USD 4,140
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Mar 14 - Mar 18, 2017
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USD 2,430
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Mar 18 - Mar 21, 2017
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USD 2,174
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Mar 18 - Mar 25, 2017
8
USD 4,140
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Mar 21 - Mar 25, 2017
5
USD 2,430
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Where is Great Northern Snowcat Skiing Located?

The BC interior is the ultimate destination for powder skiing and snowboarding, and Great Northern Snowcat Skiing is located right in the heart of it all.

GNSS is located away from civilisation in the Selkirk Mountains of south-eastern British Columbia. The lodge is situated just outside the little town of Trout Lake, 177km north of Nelson (approx 2.5 hour drive) and 89km southeast of Revelstoke (approx 1.5 hour drive including a ferry trip). The lodge is at reasonably low elevation so it’s conveniently accessible via car. You can arrive or depart at your own pace because you don’t need a snowcat, snowmobile or helicopter to access the lodge.

Gateway airports for Great Northern Snowcat Skiing include Spokane, Castlegar and Kelowna. From Spokane international airport (Washington, U.S.) it’s possible to rent a car and drive to Trout Lake (5-6 hour drive). Castlegar airport (about 3 hours away) has daily flights from Vancouver and Calgary, but one drawback of the“Cancel-gar airport” is that flights are often cancelled in foggy weather. Both of these airports are near Whitewater and Red Mountain ski resorts, so you could stop there for a couple of days on the way.

The other option is Kelowna airport, a 4 hour drive from Trout Lake. You could stop in at Revelstoke Ski Resort to get the legs firing on all cylinders before your cat skiing holiday.

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing in BC shouldn’t be confused with Great Northern Powder Guides cat skiing in Montana USA.


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Great Northern Cat Skiing Terrain

Great Northern has plenty of space for snow cats to go prowling for epic powder; 75 square kilometres (18,533 acres), making it slightly bigger than the average for cat skiing BC operators.

GNSS has endless miles of terrain, so the guides have plenty to choose from to pick the best snow, and you only have to share all that pristine powder with one group. There’s a run called “Granny’s Panties” and you can definitely have that all to yourself!

The terrain includes alpine bowls, glades, tight trees, and meadows, with a mixture of steep and mellow, so there’s plenty of variety to keep all ability levels happy. Great Northern Snowcat Skiing caters to skiers and snowboarders of at least advanced intermediate ability (ie strong intermediates and above).

Approximately 12,000 to 15,000 vertical feet of powder skiing is covered each day, depending on the strength of the group and the conditions. However with Great Northern the emphasis is on having a holiday, rather than it being a competitive race to get as much skiing in as possible. They don’t count runs or vertical miles, just the number of smiles! Lunch is also somewhat relaxed. It is served outside on fine days, whilst on inclement days it’s sometimes served inside a mountaintop shelter.

More Reasons to Cat Ski with Great Northern BC

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing has a comprehensive safety program as well as state of the art snowcats, and efficient snowcat roads to get you to the goods quickly.

Another pro of this cat skiing operation is the high level of customer service provided. This is a boutique BC cat skiing operation, and everything is a little more personalised. The guest services manager can assist with lots of little extras including travel arrangements, and the lodge staff are incredibly friendly.

Great Northern is really for skiers and snowboarders who want to rip the powder without going on a max vertical powder feeding frenzy. It’s for guests that want to escape from civilisation and have a reasonably chilled holiday. The cosy lodge only accommodates about 15 guests per week, and rather than being hectic and a big party scene, it tends to have an intimate and mellow social atmosphere.

Whether you visit with mates or travel solo on your powder skiing holiday, you’ll make lasting friendships and awesome memories. You’ll also leave the Selkirks completely hooked on the delicious powder and craving your next fix of the deep white stuff.

The Powderhounds are yet to personally review Great Northern Snowcat Skiing however you can see visitor reviews here>>