Great Northern Snowcat Skiing

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Great Northern Snowcat Skiing

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing5.0/55
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing5.0 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing

Overall Rating

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing5.0/55
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing5.0 out of 5 based on 5 reviews

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 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.

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>>

Totally Awesome

David17/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    USA

Totally Awesome

David17/02/2019
Typical tracks at the start of a run The view before we ski it
The guides, the terrain, the lodge and the staff are all FANTASTIC.

We arrived during a relative drought, only 4-5 inches of snow in the prior week and only 1.5 inches while we were there for 4-days. One would think that the skiing/riding would be iffy. One would be thinking wrong.
The amount of terrain and the skill of the guides allowed us to ski mainly fresh un-tracked boot to knee deep powder on almost every run. Service was 5-star all the way. A few people in our cat, couldn't handle the steeper stuff so, they brought out a third guide to help those people get through the runs or take them on easier routes down.
The food is superb, gourmet, delicious, and frequent. The staff is super friendly, and almost every guest has their own bedroom with their own bathroom. We are definitely returning.

Pristine Powder

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Ability
    Expert

Pristine Powder

POWDERHOUNDS.COM16/01/2019
Pristine Powder Stacking Tracks Lots of wide open slopes It's pretty obvious we had a good time! Fun terrain
We had a really fun time at Great Northern Snowcat Skiing, enjoying the unhurried approach to scoring powder and the old school no frills lodge, home style cooking and very friendly hospitality.

Great Northern has found a niche in the BC cat skiing industry, and it plays very well to its strengths. It prides itself on not pushing to score maximum vertical and the guides don’t even track the amount of skiing each day. Great Northern also advertises that they can cater to strong intermediate riders, and the combination of the no-rush approach and the abundance of open terrain makes it ideal for those who are a little nervous about their ability or fitness level. Great Northern also has plenty of terrain for upper advanced and expert riders, but whether you’ll get to tackle it may be dependent on the make-up of your group.

Pros
- Great Northern is situated in a fabulous zone with a fridge effect for amazing snow. Even though temps were reasonably high across in Revelstoke, we enjoyed pristine powder on a variety of aspects.
- The tenure has a large range of terrain including sub-alpine and lots of open zones, very widely spaced trees, natural glades, and leaping features. Pitch varied from mellow to steep.
- We were treated like family at the lodge and the “den mum” was fantastic. There were only 11 guests, so it was a lovely boutique experience and not an energy draining party atmosphere. It wasn’t an overly fancy lodge but very comfortable and functional, and generally everyone can have their own room (with ensuite) so the only snoring you may hear is your own.
- You can drive to the lodge and its proximity to Revelstoke makes it ideal to combine with some resort skiing/snowboarding and/or heli skiing.
- We had a couple of fine days (with inversion) and the views were spectacular.

Cons
- Not a major detractor at all, but the guides made us farm snow like old school CMH heli skiing, which is not the norm at other cat ski operations. Stacking tracks was fine on open slopes but not so good in lightly wooded areas where we wanted to spread a little wider (e.g. 15-20m) to get fresh lines, and the tail guide chided us and often contradicted the lead guide. With the addition of the 2nd snowcat for day skiing, it seemed that the guides were nervous that the terrain (for specific ability levels) wasn’t large enough to sustain fresh tracks for very long without fresh snow.

Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
- The runs were mostly very short and there was absolutely no pressure for efficient transitions between runs. We did just over 2,000m (6,600ft) of vertical each day (if you don’t include the home run down the kitty litter to the lodge), so it’s ideal for those new to cat skiing or those who aren’t uber fit. It’s all about quality not quantity.
- The outfit can cater well to strong intermediate to low-end advanced riders, but this may result in some experts not getting their fill of challenging terrain.

Full review coming soon.

Pow!

Alex s13/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Canada

Pow!

Alex s13/03/2017
I came up for 2 days in March 2017, it was a last minute trip to release some stress of city life.
Starting with the booking process it was a great experience. The approach of the staff is very personal, just about every person there took the time to learn guests' names.
Now on to skiing. The terrain is varied, from steeps to glades and everything in between. Guides knew every inch of the many peaks they took us to. We never had to ski over the same area and everyone got to ski/ride freshies on every run.
As far as safety, the guides were proactive and vigilant. Starting with the training where everyone got to practice drills and equipment operation. Throughout the day, if any line was in question, one guide would go out and survey the line before we even got close to it. I felt extremely safe and confident in guides' knowledge and expertise.
The snow was plentiful to say the least. It snowed before I got there and again when I was there. It snowed so much that on the second day you couldn't tell where we skied the day before.
I can go on but there's only so much time I have. I will definitely come back and when the kids are older they're coming with me.

Can it get any berter?

Lawrence Foster26/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Canada

Can it get any berter?

Lawrence Foster26/03/2014
I recently visited GNSC with a group of 15 - fathers and sons. We arrived 8 days after a 3 meter dump and there was no shortage of fresh powder, and mother nature added 47 cm in the three days we were there!

The 35 square miles has plenty of terrific terrain. We particularly enjoyed the steeps in the trees. You really do get the sense that Brent, Dan and Chris really know the terrain and make sure you always have a good run.

I can't imagine skiing gets any better than our three days here.

Great Northern cat skiing

Andre19/02/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Canada

Great Northern cat skiing

Andre19/02/2013
Fantastic terrain, amazing people, great food, very unique experience!

Customers return every year because they understand how amazing this place is!!!
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Lock in 2016 rates (as advertised) before rise of 5% on May 31
Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
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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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Price: USD 2,909
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Price: USD 4,705
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Price: USD 2,270
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Price: USD 4,705
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Price: USD 2,767
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