Great Northern Snowcat Skiing
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is proud to be the exclusive provider of single day Cat Skiing with Great Northern Snowcat Skiing.
Discover British Columbia's premiere cat skiing operation.
- 50 Feet of Annual Snowfall
- 75 Square Kilometres of Terrain
- 37 Years of Experience
- 2 Mountains to Yourself
Selkirk powder is legendary.
The Badshot Range of the Selkirk Mountains gets an unbelievable amount of snow every year. It piles up in steep chutes, spreads over wide-open mountain faces and fills powder bowls up to the brim. Skiers come to Great Northern Snowcats to carve the best turns of their lives in the deepest snow. Get ready to experience something legendary.
Dates Rate per person*
December 27, 2019 - January 19, 2020
January 20 - March 29, 2020
*Payment in full is required at time of booking. All rates are subject to applicable taxes.
Time Scheduled Event Before 4:30 pm the Day Prior If required, pick up powder specific rentals from the RMR Rental Shop 6:15 am Shuttle departs from The Sandman Revelstoke (if required) 6:50 am Shuttle departs from The Sutton Place Hotel 8:00 am Take the ferry across Upper Arrow Lake to Galena Bay 9:00 am Arrive at Great Northern Snowcat Skiing 9:05 am Orientation, sign release of liability and gear up 9:30 am Cat departs from the Lodge 10:30 am On-mountain avalanche safety training 11:00 am Skiing begins LUNCH Eat on the go with lunch available during any cat ride 3:30 pm Return to Lodge and load shuttle 4:30 pm Take the ferry across Upper Arrow Lake to Shelter Bay (note: if group is running late the shuttle will take the 5:30pm ferry) 5:50 pm or 6:50 pm Drop off at Sandman Revelstoke 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm Drop off at The Sutton Place Hotel
In order to go Cat Skiing with Great Northern Snowcats you must be able to ski or snowboard confidently off-piste, in the trees and in deep powder. Snowboarders in particular should a Level 5 or 6 according to our Ability Chart.
You will be required to ski in control on various types of backcountry terrain and snow conditions including treed slopes. You should have experience at downhill resorts and have spent some time skiing off the groomed trails. With your skis on, you should be able to make confident parallel turns and be able to side slip, step up sideways, traverse and make kick turns on terrain that can be difficult and steep.
It is important to have good cardiovascular fitness in order to enjoy the demands of playing in our snow. We recommend that you engage in some kind of exercise program for eight to ten weeks prior to your ski trip. The fitter you are, the better you will be able to overcome any skiing challenges and avoid injuries.
Several full days of lift-serviced skiing or snowboarding combined with powder skiing lessons are a great way to get ready for your trip, particularly if you can try some gladed runs and powder. We recommend that you use a pair of our high performance skis and boards suitable for deep snow conditions.
You may also be interested in an Cat/Heli Prep clinic to help ensure that you are ready for every run.
Safe ski holidays at Great Northern start with safety training.
Before you set foot in the snowcat, you will be taught you how to avoid the hazards you'll encounter on the slopes, like trees and tree wells. You will also be provided with, and shown how to use, an avalanche transceiver and rescue gear. When you're on the mountain, our guides will continually monitor the snow conditions, choose safe runs and give you a hand whenever you need it.
Here are some of the ways we keep you safe:
- Lead guides are Professional Members of the Canadian Avalanche Association.
- Guides are trained in avalanche operations, ski guiding, risk management, first aid and mountain rescue, and carry extensive rescue gear.
- Annual in-house staff safety and guide training program.
- Groups always accompanied by two guides.
- Guides don't work shifts — they are on the mountain every skiing day – no guest appearances.
- Snowcat carries emergency medical equipment, rescue equipment and spare ski equipment.
- Constant radio communication between guides, snowcat driver, and the mountain base lodge.
- Guests equipped with avalanche rescue transceiver; trained in transceiver search techniques.
- Guest safety briefing on cat skiing procedures, avalanche safety, snowcats, and lodge/fire safety.
- A comprehensive snow and avalanche information management system for collecting observations, evaluating snowpack stability and evaluating terrain safety and selection.
- Safety program is monitored and adjusted continually, according to changes in conditions and avalanche risk.
Release of Liability Waiver
We take the safety of our guests and staff seriously. Although we continuously strive to minimize the challenges inherent to backcountry cat skiing, there are many risks associated with wilderness skiing. Guests will be asked to sign a release form, "Assumption of Risk and Waiver" prior to going skiing, which acknowledges that they are aware of these risks, dangers and hazards.View Sample Waiver
Our goal is to provide you with the best cat skiing experience possible.
Sometimes the weather and/or snow conditions do not cooperate and we are unable to operate cat skiing on your scheduled date. If we are unable to operate we will offer a full refund or the option to rebook (based on availability).
Please review the following terms and conditions of our cancellation policy.
General Terms and Conditions
- All rates must be in Canadian funds, and an allowance will be made for exchange if payment is in foreign currency.
- Payment in full is required when booking a trip with Great Northern Snowcat Skiing.
- Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable unless notice is provided more than 120 days in advance of the trip date. If a guest cancels a reservation less than 120 days in advance, then only if a substitute is found, is the payment refundable or transferable. To "transfer" a payment means to apply the payment against the price of another reservation by the same guest or their substitute, in the same season.
- In cases of cancellation, the cancellation must be received by telephone and confirmed in writing.
- You will not be permitted to participate in any cat skiing trip unless a "Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement" is properly signed and witnessed.
- RMR and Great Northern Snowcat Skiing require all participants to be 15 years of age or older. Participants who are 18 years old or younger must have a parent or guardian to co-sign their waiver as well as ski with them at all times.
- It is your responsibility to arrive at the required time and location to commence any trip. It is also your responsibility to ensure proper entry through Canadian Customs and Immigration if entering from outside Canada.
- RMR and Great Northern Snowcat Skiing reserve the right to cancel any ski package at any time due to mechanical failure, guest and staff safety and weather and snow conditions. Full refunds will be given in the case that no alternative date suits the guests, but under no circumstances will RMR or Great Northern Snowcat Skiing be responsible for the guests' inconvenience or travel expenses.
- If the your vacation is interrupted for any reason, including injury, this is treated as a cancellation.
- Cat skiing requires a minimum of 6 guests in order to operate for the day.
- The use of a Great Northern Snowcat Skiing transceiver is mandatory while skiing with us and it is your responsibility to safeguard and return it to us at the conclusion of your stay. Should the transceiver not be returned, a charge of $400 + tax will be added to your final bill.
- It is your responsibility to arrive at the ski area on the dates and times outlined in your confirmation notice. There will be no refunds or rescheduling for guests who do not arrive on time.
Cancellation and Medical Insurance
- For your own protection, we strongly recommend that you arrange trip cancellation insurance with your insurance provider prior to traveling to Revelstoke. Medical insurance that also covers helicopter evacuation is advised.
- Powder specific rentals are available through the RMR Rental Shop. Equipment must be picked up the day prior between the hours of 2pm - 4:30pm. Guests can also save money by booking their rentals in advance online.
- In the event an injured skier requires assistance, the cost of that assistance is the skier's responsibility. Again, medical insurance that covers helicopter evacuation is recommended.