British Columbia – White Grizzly Cat Skiing“Sweet Dreams of Fat Pow”
Top five reasons to choose British Columbia – White Grizzly Cat Skiing
- Steep & Deep!
While a few other lodges may offer special Steep & Deep trips/weeks - this is the real thing. Guaranteed DEEP Pow and 30-50 degree runs…all day every day!
- 13 meters Annual Snowfall
The owners are former ‘powder chasers’ who spent entire winters in search of the best Pow . It is no accident that they built their business at the location they coveted over all others.
- Only 12 Clients max
Just you, 1 cozy lodge, 1 SnowCat and 11 other “buddies” to enjoy the DEEP Pow with.
- Ultra-Cool extras
Reclining seats plus Sushi (and other gourmet fare) served for lunch makes your in-CAT experience unique and special.
- Almost 1:1 client/staff ratio
With only a max of 12 guests in the lodge, you can rest assured that you get an intimate experience with the most personalized and friendly service.
White Grizzly Cat Skiing Quick Facts
Location: White Grizzly Cat Skiing lodge is located in Meadow Creek, BC, just off Highway 31, at the north end of Kootenay Lake. Kelowna Airport is the closest major airport
Annual Snowfall Average: 13 meters average annual snowfall
Mountain range: Selkirk Mountains
Run Length: Most runs have an impressive 1000 meters of vertical
Ski Terrain: Steep with 30-50 degree slopes and largely north-east facing, wind-sheltered aspects. Because of the North Eastern aspect of most terrain we find fresh powder even when it has not been snowing for a while
Terrain has incredible variety, including three massive alpine bowls, epically steep powder chutes and gladed fall lines – where you find White Grizzly’s signature steep and deep tree-runs
Average Daily Vertical: More than 6000 meters
Number of Runs per Day: We run the mountain all day, usually six or seven times
Grouping: 12 passengers max per Cat and in the terrain
Modern SnowCat (with back-up) with heated cabs and plush ‘leather-like’ seats that recline. You’ll truly be transported in comfort and style!
Lodge / Accommodation
The White Grizzly Lodge is made of local logs, milled by a neighboring millwright.
Much of the Lodge was hand crafted by the owners, Carole and Brad, with the help of their family and friends. The Lodge is an intimate, quiet, and super comfortable 300 square meters home-away-from-home. It is nestled in a secluded forest of larch, cedar and hemlock, and is accessible by vehicle year-round.
The Lodge can accommodate 12 guests, in five comfortable bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms and extra long twin, double and queen sized beds.
It also has a hot tub, a massage room, a dry room fully equipped with dry racks and boot-dryers, and a central common area with plush reclining chairs, stretching mats, sound system, foosball table and a large stone fireplace.
The meals are gourmet and fresh, and hearty enough to satisfy large appetites. The Lodge offer free Wi-Fi access, as well as a guest phone where you may receive incoming calls, or make calls with a calling card.
White Grizzly Cat Skiing has a selection of ‘fat’ powder skis including Volkl Gotama, shiro and Mantras, White Dot Preacher, Armada Bubba, K2 Phat Luv and Apache Chief and Salomon Gun TenEighty. Poles are provided along with rental skis. For snowboarders also Salomon Fastback, Rad-Air Tanker and Burton Fish snowboards. The rental skis and snowboards are $35 per day. Guests must bring their own ski boots.
Guides & Safety
Safety is more than a commitment at White Grizzly; it is the ethic that drives our business. Safety is also important given the remoteness of our location and the advanced terrain we operate in.
Each guest is supplied with a Mammut Pulse avalanche transceiver, as well as a guest pack, which is a 22l Mammut Snowpulse P.A.S. airbag, containing a 320 cm probe and Alugator Expert Shovel and length of rope. We hold instruction and practice sessions on how to use the safety devices effectively in the event of an emergency.
Our highly experienced, certified guides meet on a daily basis to evaluate run selections given current conditions, group dynamics and other factors. We maintain weather stations at the base and summit of our terrain to track trends in the snowpack and temperature. Further back up is provided by continuous radio communication between the guides, cat and lodge.
For your benefit, we maintain a ratio of 3 guides per group of 12 guests. One to lead your descent, and two tail guides to help you through any hurdles you may encounter.
You must be physically fit to ski or snowboard at White Grizzly.
We take our guests primarily through steep, treed terrain. This involves making fast turns in deep powder, and is a very different experience from skiing or riding on groomed runs, or open alpine terrain. If you have never cut a line through tight trees, or if you have some inexperienced members in your party, White Grizzly may not offer a suitable cat skiing adventure for you.
Early December to April.
Virtually ZERO down days. There have been 4 days out of over 1600 (yes, sixteen hundred) days of operations where weather prevented us (2 days below -30 (too cold) and 2 days with unsafe, unskiable breakable crust).
What your Package Includes:
- Unlimited powder in Kootenay’s best snow belt (about 6.500 vertical meters per day)
- Heated modern SnowCat transportation
- Enormous terrain
- Professional guides
- All required safety equipment
- Cozy lodging in log-lodge, based on either double or triple occupancy with private bathrooms
- Central fireplace
- Outdoor hot tub
- All meals served family style with a French-Canadian gourmet touch
- Alcoholic beverages,
- Equipment Rentals ($35 CAD per day),
- Clothing and merchandise in the Shop,
- Tips & gratuity
See price list here.