Cat Skiing BC - Selkirk Wilderness - where it all began
Cat Skiing BC - Selkirk Wilderness - where it all began
You can take a snowcat just about anywhere (see top of ridge) - SWS
You can take a snowcat just about anywhere (see top of ridge) - SWS
Chatter Creek Lodge - biggest cat skiing terrain in the world
Chatter Creek Lodge - biggest cat skiing terrain in the world
Cold Smoke - Chatter Creek
Cold Smoke - Chatter Creek
Fernie Wilderness Adventures - day & multi-day adventures
Fernie Wilderness Adventures - day & multi-day adventures
Hucking cliffs with Fernie Wilderness Adventures
Hucking cliffs with Fernie Wilderness Adventures
Big Red Cats - Red Mountain Resort - largest number of snowcats
Big Red Cats - Red Mountain Resort - largest number of snowcats
Big Red Cats has a vast amount of alpine and trees
Big Red Cats has a vast amount of alpine and trees
Valhalla Cat Skiing BC - some of the best terrain & best snow in BC
Valhalla Cat Skiing BC - some of the best terrain & best snow in BC
Valhalla Powdercats - you can take the easy way down or...
Valhalla Powdercats - you can take the easy way down or...
Retallack Cat Skiing BC - for those who like it really steep!
Retallack Cat Skiing BC - for those who like it really steep!
Retallack Cat Skiing BC - tight steep trees
Retallack Cat Skiing BC - tight steep trees
White Grizzly Cat Skiing BC - only for those who can keep up
White Grizzly Cat Skiing BC - only for those who can keep up
White Grizzly is located near Meadow Creek
White Grizzly is located near Meadow Creek
Wildhorse CatSkiing in BC is rustic & very affordable
Wildhorse CatSkiing in BC is rustic & very affordable
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing BC - for those who want to cruise
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing BC - for those who want to cruise
Mustang Powdercats - an iconic BC cat skiing operation
Mustang Powdercats - an iconic BC cat skiing operation
Skeena Cat Skiing BC - huge terrain way up north
Skeena Cat Skiing BC - huge terrain way up north
Island Lake Cat Skiing Fernie - a luxury cat skiing operation
Island Lake Cat Skiing Fernie - a luxury cat skiing operation
So where is the best cat skiing in BC? Click on the image above to find out
So where is the best cat skiing in BC? Click on the image above to find out

Cat Skiing

Cat Skiing BC Canada Reviews

Cat skiing BC is paradise for powderhounds. With all that fresh powder to sniff out and face shots galore, a powderhound’s tail will definitely be wagging if they go British Columbia cat skiing.

Many avid skiers and boarders around the world don’t know what cat skiing is, but the Canadians certainly do, and for them “knowledge is powder”!

What is Cat Skiing?

So why would a powderhound (a dog) want to go cat skiing? Shouldn’t it be dog skiing? So if you’re wondering what the hell cat skiing is, it’s a fabulous form of guided backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

Cats or snowcats are large grooming style machines that transport about 14 skiers and snowboarders up to backcountry areas in a purpose built cabin. Whilst skiers and snowboarders are guided down fresh powder runs, the cat makes its way back to the bottom to pick them up to take them on the next run. Most BC cat ski operators have exclusive access to a large ski area that’s big enough to ensure riders always have fresh tracks for powder skiing – awesome!

Benefits of Cat Skiing Canada

BC cat skiing offers an opportunity to get away from the congestion and crowds at the ski resorts. “There are no friends on a powder day” is a common saying, but when you go cat skiing there is no powder panic and no need to use your elbows to get fresh lines. Freshies are almost guaranteed, and you only have to share the powder with a small group. Of course another huge benefit of Canada cat skiing is that there are no mogul runs and definitely no unruly lift queues.

Snowcat skiing has some similarities to heli skiing, with one of the main differences being that it’s much cheaper. Heli skiing also has grounded days where the helicopter can’t fly due to the weather. Thankfully snowcats can still go out in snow storms, and when the powder is falling is when you most want to be out there skiing.

The only downside to cat skiing BC is that it’s very easy to develop an addiction to powder skiing. You have been warned!

Where is Cat Skiing in Canada?

Cat-skiing was pioneered in the Kootenay Rockies over 25 years ago, and British Columbia Canada continues to be the home of cat skiing.

The British Columbia Interior is renowned for cat skiing within mountain ranges such as the Rockies, Monashees, Selkirks, Purcells and Valhallas. The cat skiing areas in these mountains are renowned for receiving large quantities of light dry powder with phenomenal annual snowfalls of 12-18 metres. Pack your snorkel!

Due to the legendary snowfall, the area in the south-east corner of British Columbia has been called the Powder Triangle. There’s a bit of debate as to how far the triangle extends, but it includes the areas near Nelson, Rossland, Fernie, Meadow Creek, Revelstoke and Golden.

The Nelson region has the greatest concentration of BC cat skiing operations, and these include Wildhorse Cat Skiing, Valhalla Powdercats and Retallack Catskiing. Big Red Cats near Rossland is also in the vicinity of Nelson, and Meadow Creek about 1:45 hours north of Nelson has a few cat ski operators including White Grizzly and the infamous Selkirk Wilderness Skiing (the inventors of cat skiing).

The Fernie area in the southeast corner of BC has three companies: Powder Cowboy; Island Lake Lodge; and Fernie Wilderness Adventures.

The Golden and Revelstoke regions have various operators including Mustang Powder, Chatter Creek and the Revelstoke cat skiing operation at Revelstoke ski resort. Great Northern Snowcat Skiing is based at Trout Lake, about 1.5 hours from Revelstoke.

There are also a couple of Whistler cat skiing operations in western BC, and Skeena Cat Skiing is located in northern BC.

See our cat skiing Canada stats comparison for an overview of the locations of the BC cat ski operations.

Snowcat Skiing Safety

The discipline of cat skiing is not without risks considering that it occurs in the remote backcountry. Avalanches are one of the primary hazard concerns and the operations put various strategies in place to lessen the risk.

The BC cat skiing industry is highly regulated so the emphasis on safety is much higher than with cat skiing in other parts of the world. Cat skiing BC has very high standards in relation to avalanche mitigation strategies and the safety briefings provided, and all operators provide highly qualified lead and tail guides to accompany the cat skiing group.

Types of Cat Skiing BC

Multi-Day Packages
The most common format of cat skiing in Canada is that of multi-day trips that range from 2 to 7 days (i.e. destination cat skiing). The packages include all meals, and accommodation is provided in an exclusive remote lodge. Sometimes these wilderness lodges can be only be accessed by snowcat or helicopter. Multi-day operations include:
  • Near Meadow Creek - White Grizzly, Selkirk Wilderness Skiing
  • Revelstoke - Mustang Powder 
  • Trout Lake near Revelstoke - Great Northern Snowcat Skiing
  • Near Kicking Horse - Chatter Creek 
  • Near Fernie - Island Lake Cat Skiing 
  • Near Smithers (1.5hr flight north of Vancouver) - Skeena Cat Skiing
Single-Day Packages
Another category is operators that only offer single day cat skiing. Of course you can go cat skiing more than one day, but accommodation is not included in the package. Most day cat skiing operations tend to be near ski resorts or significant towns. This is ideal for people visiting the area to get a taste of what cat skiing is all about before plunging in head-first to a cat ski powder holiday. Some day cat skiing operations are:
Multi-Day and Single Day Packages
Here are some BC cat skiing companies that offer multi-day and single day cat skiing:
Some multi-day operators also provide day skiing on a stand-by arrangement if space is available. Our cat skiing Canada stats comparison provides an overview of the type of package on offer for each company.

Go Powder Cat Skiing

In 2007 a large survey of cat skiing and heli skiing was commissioned in BC Canada. The survey results speak volumes – 98% of first time cat skiers indicated that they plan to go cat skiing again. Once experienced, forever addicted!

NB Many of the BC cat skiing operations fill up quickly, so try to book ahead to avoid disappointment.

Cat Skiing BC Listings


Selkirk Wilderness SKiing, BC Canada Selkirk Wilderness Skiing - Meadow Creek
Where cat skiing began in 1975. SWS has over 35 years to refine its operation to what it is today; nothing short of what could be the ultimate cat skiing adventure in the world!
Wildhorse Cat Sking, BC Canada Wildhorse Cat Skiing - Ymir (Nelson)
Do the wild-thing and go cat skiing with Wildhorse - yeehaa!!! Located in Ymir only 20 minutes from Nelson. Alpine bowls and naturally gladed trees; not to mention the dry & abundant Kootenay powder.
Valhalla Cat Skiing BC Canada Valhalla Cat Skiing - Nelson
Terrific terrain with alpine bowls, chutes, cliffs, drop-offs and some terrific gladed tree runs. Located near Nelson. Go for a day or book an entire week.
Retallack Cat Skiing BC Canada Retallack Cat Skiing - Nelson
This is cat skiing BC for the hard-core experienced skier & boarder; intermediates need not apply! Very steep terrain & tight trees. However if you are up to it, the riding is awesome and the POW is deep; very deep!!
Fernie Wilderness Adventures - Cat Skiing Fernie Wilderness Adventures (FWA)
FWA has some spectacular terrain with steeps, tight trees, cliffs and natural obstacles to huck-off. But don't let that scare you; it is also well suited to intermediate skiers & boarders.
Island Lake Cat Skiing, Fernie Island Lake Catskiing - Fernie
Cat skiing at its finest! Luxury cats, luxury lodges and beautifully gladed runs. Don't leave your wife at home for this one; it is very cruisy skiing in deep powder and deluxe all the way.
Revelstoke Cat Skiing Revelstoke Cat Skiing
Located at Revelstoke resort. Steep alpine bowls and steep tight trees. Huge annual snowfall of deep dry powder. Caters well for advanced and strong intermediate skiers & boarders.
Big Red Cats, Rossland, Red Mountain, BC Canada Big Red Cats - Red Mountain (Rossland)
18,500 acres to choose your next turn! You definitely won't ski all that POW in a day so make sure you book at least 3. BRCs have terrain to suit all levels.
Revelstoke Cat Skiing Mustang Powder - Revelstoke
Located near Revelstoke in the Monashee 's amongst some of BC 's best skiing terrain. Mustang  Powder boasts a massive 18 metre (60 feet) annual snowfall. Pack  your snorkel! 

BC Cat Ski Tours

Kootenay Explorer | Cat & Heli Ski Tour Canada Kootenay Sampler | 4 Days Heli + 3 Days Cat
This is the ultimate powderhound experience! Combine a day of resort skiing at Red Mountain with 2 days of cat skiing & 3 days of heli skiing.