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Skeena Cat Skiing4.8 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
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Skeena Cat Skiing
Skeena Cat Skiing
Not many steps to the snowcat each morning!
Not many steps to the snowcat each morning!
Skeena Cat Skiing backcountry base camp
Skeena Cat Skiing backcountry base camp
Plenty of wide open slopes
Plenty of wide open slopes
Skeena Cat Skiing Northern BC
Skeena Cat Skiing Northern BC
Plenty of terrain for fresh tracks
Plenty of terrain for fresh tracks
The top of many of the runs is pitchy
The top of many of the runs is pitchy
Staying at the base camp is very cool!
Staying at the base camp is very cool!
Skeena Cat Skiing Canada
Skeena Cat Skiing Canada
Plenty of beautiful slopes
Plenty of beautiful slopes
Lots of lightly treed terrain
Lots of lightly treed terrain
Skeena SnowCat Skiing Canada
Skeena SnowCat Skiing Canada
The guides are incredibly fun and professional (& enjoy themselves!)
The guides are incredibly fun and professional (& enjoy themselves!)
Skeena Cat Boarding
Skeena Cat Boarding
Skeena Cat Skiing Canada
Skeena Cat Skiing Canada
Powder skiing with Skeena
Powder skiing with Skeena
Skeena Cat Skiing
Skeena Cat Skiing
Skeena Cat Skiing
Skeena Cat Skiing
Skeena Cat Skiing
Skeena Cat Skiing
Skeena Cat Skiing
Skeena Cat Skiing

Skeena Cat Skiing

Skeena Cat Skiing is quickly becoming well known for bringing powder to the people, along with its sister operation and neighbour, Skeena Heli Skiing.

The main difference between heli skiing and cat skiing is just the mode of transport up the hill. Whilst heli skiing may seem a little more glamorous, cat skiing has many advantages (see our overview of cat skiing for more information).

Most importantly, cat skiing offers access to the same gorgeous deep powder, so head out with Skeena Cat Skiing and you’ll be skiing or boarding all the fresh powder you could ever fantasise about.

Base Camp Cat Skiing Packages

Whilst some other multi-day BC cat skiing outfits have luxury backcountry lodges (or somewhat rustic lodges), Skeena Cat Skiing is very unique because the backcountry lodging is at a remote base camp formed with large tents. It is incredibly cool! Open the tent door, step into the powder, and then wander 20 steps to the snowcat.

You may think that staying in tents is roughing it and whilst you won’t get pampered like at a luxury cat ski lodge, there are more creature comforts than you might expect for a camp. It’s not full-on glamping but there are tents with heating and power points, a heated shower block, boot heaters, nice meals, and professional massages on offer. A purr-ffect ending to a day of cat skiing in northern BC! Check out the Skeena Cat Skiing Backcountry Camp packages for more information.
Skeena Cat Skiing - Backcountry Basecamp DETAILS
BASECAMP CATSKI PACKAGES
Min 3 Days | Lodging in Backcountry Tents
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USD 2,175
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Looking for an amazing powder adventure with a difference? This amazing backcountry base camp package offers incredible snowcat accessed powder skiing with lodging in well equipped tents in the backcountry. Min 3 day package options. More
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  • cat skiing (max group of 12)
  • tent-style backcountry accom
  • max 1:6 guide to client ratio, avo safety gear rental
  • transport between airport and backcountry camp
  • all meals
Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Where is Skeena Cat Skiing Located? The Skeena Cat Skiing is within the Babine Range of the Skeena Mountains in northern British Columbia Canada near Smithers. Smithers is home to the Hudson Bay Mountain Resort where you may want to warm up your legs prior to cat skiing (not open all weekdays).  

Skeena Cat Skiing is part of what the Powderhounds have dubbed the Northern Powder Highway, which is significantly less busy than the (southern) Powder Highway.

The easiest access to Smithers is via 1.5 hour flight from Vancouver. You can check out flight options here. Like other flights on medium size planes, you’ll want to take your boots as carry on luggage. Transport is provided from the Smithers airport (or a hotel in Smithers) to the snowcat staging area with Northwest Truck Rentals, with potential for a quick stop in at Suskwa Lodge (to get rental skis etc).

Suskwa Lodge (on google maps) is located 45 minutes northwest of Smithers near New Hazelton. The backcountry camp is up in the mountains at an elevation of about 1,200 metres and is accessible via heavy duty 4WD and snowcat, a trip that takes about 1.5 hours from Suskwa Lodge.

You can really escape from the hubbub of the world considering the peacefully remote location of Skeena Cat Skiing in northern BC. It may seem a long way to go for cat skiing, but it’s reasonably quick to get to from Vancouver, and you don’t have the expense of a rental car. Compare this to some of the cat ski operations near Meadow Creek where you have to rent a car to drive yourself 5 to 6 hours from a major airport to the lodge.

If you really do love to drive long distances, you can drive to Suska Lodge which is:

  • 432km northwest of Prince George
  • 1,200km north of Vancouver
  • 154km northeast of Terrace (where there’s another regional airport)

Skeena Cat Ski Terrain

Skeena Cat Skiing operates on a portion of the second largest heli/cat skiing tenure in North America, so there are plenty of fresh tracks.

The terrain has a range of aspects and there’s plenty of north facing slopes. The terrain includes alpine powder bowls as well as steep open tree skiing. The terrain is diverse so it can cater to strong intermediates, but it’s best for advanced riders as well as expert skiers and boarders who want to play in amongst the crazy cliff lines.

The elevation of the terrain ranges from about 1,760m down to approximately 1,200m or lower when temps are cold. The average vertical drop of the runs is about 1,200 feet (366 metres), with a typical day providing about 10 to 16 runs. Snow conditions and the speed of the group are factors that will dictate the amount of vertical skiing/snowboarding each day.

Each group has an experienced and qualified lead and tail guide, and you only have to share all the untouched snow with a maximum of 11 other guests.

Snow

The Skeena Mountains receive an abundance of snowfall, but even with all that powder an experience with Skeena Cat Skiing will just leave a powder hound panting for more!

The tenure has long been known as a crazy snow belt. The warm most Pacific air collides with the cold dry air from the interior to form perfect snow. The Skeena Mountains are east of the Coastal Mountains so they still get the big volumes of snow, yet the powder is dry relative to that of the Coastal Mountains.

The powder is sometimes bottomless and powder skis heighten the awesome feeling of floating. If you don’t have your own powder skis, Skeena Cat Skiing has a good range available to rent.

Our trip to the backcountry camp of Skeena Cat Skiing was a major highlight of our 2 month recon trip to Canada and Alaska. It was soooo much fun!

Skeena Cat Skiing is a far cry from some of those extravagant heli and cat ski operations where you may feel like you’re sitting around at a posh private school alumni gathering with your blazer and tie on. This is not a refined operation – it’s delightfully raw and wild. Don’t worry - everything’s well organised, incredibly safe and there are adequate creature comforts, but the fun crew are soooo relaxed (lead by owner Jevon who seems to laugh constantly and struggles not to curse!) and in the team’s presence and considering the fabulously remote location, it’s impossible not to fully unwind too. I think it’s the most relaxed I’ve felt in a long time!

Of course even though we had an absolutely fabulous time at Skeena Cat Skiing, this adventure may not be ideal for everyone. Our review covers different aspects of their operation so you can determine if Skeena Cat Skiing is likely to align with your priorities. It’s our job to critique even the smallest potential shortcoming and we don’t provide full marks for everything. As a guide to the ratings below, a 5/5 equates to absolutely phenomenal, 4/5 is excellent, whilst 3/5 is still a very good score. You can check out our cat ski ratings to see how Skeena Cat Skiing fares against other mechanized backcountry operations.

Pros

  • An amazingly unique experience. And the camp has adequate heating, amenities and frills that even a soft woman like me was more than happy (ecstatic actually)!
  • Inexpensive relative to other cat skiing.
  • You don’t need to rent a car.
  • Boutique experience with only a maximum of 12 guests.
  • The service levels are very high and Jevon and all the staff have a very diverse set of skills.
Cons
  • Despite all the trimmings, it’s still a form of camping and if you’re seeking sophisticated lavish accommodation, then this is not for you.
Pro or Con Depending On Your Perspective
  • Not everyone likes to head outside to the outhouse in the middle of the night but undoutbedly you’ll sort out your own system for this.

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Notes Regarding Review The review is largely based on our experience, but also on discussions with staff, former guests, and information available on their website. Our review has some limitations as it’s not possible to ski every run and in all possible snow and weather conditions. Every guide is somewhat different and we acknowledge that everyone’s experience will be slightly different. The ratings are from our perspective only.