Big Red Cats - Day Cat Skiing - Reviews

5 day New years cat trip

Jeffery Martin
05/01/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January
I stayed with Big red cats for a 5 Day Cat Skiing package over the 2015/16 new years holidays. I was a little apprehensive booking the trip after the lackluster snow years we have had lately. But boy am I glad I did. Mother nature delivered the goods, over 3 feet of fresh powdery goodness. It stopped snowing after my second day but even after 3 days of no fresh snow the guides were still getting us untracked powder.

I have only cat skied with Monarch and Steamboat powdercats so I didnt know what to expect. But i must say it was amazing my first run was 45 degrees and trees. "welcome to BC cat skiing" we did steeps, glades, cliffs from 1 meter to 5 meters. the guides were great the safetey training was very thorough and the lead guides did lot of scouting before we were sent down to check for conditions and terrain. I boarded with a lot of people this trip, that have skied with half the cat and Heli operators in BC and they all had Hi praise for the terrain and experience we had.

I stayed in the Red shutter lodge right next to the cat office and their restaurant "Fresh" for 8 nights stay (single occ) the red shutter is an economy lodging with a nice rustic feel, the walls are a little thin thugh so bring your ear plugs if you're a light sleeper. Hot tub, fireplace, wifi all of the basics. the reasturant was great as well, and close.

I cant wait to book next years trip with them.

One cat ski day in january 2015

Bourrecoud Cédric
14/05/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    Suisse
It was the first time in catski and the first winter experience to Canada. I have spent a very great day in these remote Monashee mountains. Snow was excellent, very dry and light. The guides were excellent and friendly. The organisation was very professionnal. We have runned 8 times so it's good money worth.

The terrain was something funny with trees but not too many so you have space to follow your way! Comparing to heliski it is very enjoyable because you ski more and for less money. It is a very good alternative for freeride. I would highly recommend.

The Biggest For a Reason-Value

Philip Greenwood
27/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    Canada
About 30 days over six years with this operation. They can accommodate intermediate to expert and I've seen 13 year old kids to about 65 years young skiers and boarders. About 90% of the terrain is tree skiing or in small open glades.Guides are professional and generally move things along to accommodate everyone.

They allow rain-checks for bad conditions for up to two years. Have back up cats for breakdowns, lots of terrain, are organized and efficient.

Only drawback is because they are a day-skiing type operation and don't leave from the lodge right onto the mountain. There is a 20 minute bus ride before and after skiing. A 20 minute cat ride to (and from) the mountain and avalanche briefings before the cat ride to brief new skiers every day.

One lunch provided, accommodation extra. Priced about 1/2 other cat ski operations.

Great Day With BRC

Matt
20/01/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    USA
My son and I had the opportunity to ski with BRC in mid-January. Being our first time cat skiing (or in the back country for that matter) I was a little concerned about avalanches and other dangers that exist outside the safety of a ski resort. The overnight snowfall was 20-25 cm on top of a not so stable base and Avalanche Canada had raised the avalanche warning to high. We were also placed in an advanced/expert group and as snowboarders I wasn't sure that we'd be able to keep pace with all of the skiers. Turns out all my worrying was completely unfounded.

Our lead guide, Kauri, did a superb job of keeping us safe and educating us on back country risks and hazards. Our tail guide, Kine, kept us all organized and pointed in the right directing while Kauri scouted ahead to find the best lines. After my first two turns any apprehension I had was gone and all I wanted was to get back in the cat and head up for the next run. We had no problem keeping up with the skiers and everyone in the group was very nice. All-in-all it was probably my best day riding ever. If I lived closer I would certainly be keeping an eye out for open seats whenever a storm rolled through. Hopefully we'll get a chance to cat ski again soon and it will be with BRC.

Big Red Cats will leave a smile on your face

Bob Legasa
28/11/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    USA
If the skiing at BRC doesn't put a smile on your grille then the owner Kieren Gaul definitly will. We had the chance to ski with Kieren in his playground which cover 8 different mountain tops. We hit this in LATE spring and had an over the top experience. Plenty of steeps to be had at BRC.

You can get your legs warmed up a few days before your BRC cat trip at Red Mountain. Good skiing for the whole family at the mountain and nearby Rossland has some fun apres bars and great places to eat.

I highly recommend booking a few days at Big Red Cats. It's easy to get to, only 2.5 hours from the Spokane Airport. Definitely a must for any level of rider.

Check out our trip video at the end of March! Amazing conditions for that time of year. Just so you know the rating guide for the fun factor below does not go high enough!

Big Red Fun

Mario
06/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
First cat ski trip. Will definitely not be my last. Great group equally matched in our cats every day. Great environment, safe and quick pace which I liked. Shredded a ton of terrain.

Spectacular scenery, great runs and excellent guides.

Basil & Denise
06/10/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Spectacular scenery, great runs and excellent guides. We skied with Big Red Cats for 3 days in January 2013. The snow pack was excellent and despite lack of recent snow, the guides found us some great powder runs.

Big Red Cats have a very well managed operation and access to plenty of varied terrain. The guides made sure that each individual was well taken care of and worked hard to find runs to suit everyone's ability.

We also stayed on the mountain and skied Red Mountain Resort which offered excellent on and off piste skiing. No crowds, advanced terrain, and friendly locals willing to show us around. There is something for everyone at Red Mountain. Would love to go back soon.

One Slick Operation

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
01/03/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Big Red Cats has up to 3 (or even 4) snowcats going out each day and they designate these for intermediates, advanced or experts. This is a very unique characteristic. This gives them the flexibility to really cater for different ability levels, so it’s unlikely that you’d get stuck with people that are way above or below your ability or desire for speed. Not many other cat ski operations can cater well for intermediates, but BRC definitely can.

Other pros: BRC is a very slick, polished and professional operation; there is a variety of accommodation options, all offering good value for money; the attention to detail with regards to safety aspects is impressive; high quality guiding including a back-up guide to assist with snow safety; and fast cats. Being located near Red Mountain is also a bonus so that you can combine resort skiing and cat skiing.

One potential con is that BRC doesn’t receive as much snow as other parts of BC however the annual snowfall is still pretty impressive.

See our Big Red Cats review for more detail.

Big Red Cats

Bob Legasa
26/04/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Just 2.5 hours north of Spokane, WA on the Canadian border sits the Iconic ski town of Rossland, BC home to Big Red Cats. This former Gold Mining town carries some legit street cred as I learned from Aussie Transplant Kieren Gaul. The tiny town of Rossland has supplied more people to the Canadian National team than any other town in the whole of Canada and the local racing club here has won more world cup races than any other town in the whole world combined. This town is about the mountains and the riding!

Kieren and wife Paula moved from Australia a few years back and are the owner/operators of Big Red Cats. They run the operation from the base of Red Mountain Ski Area which is located in South Central British Columbia right in the heart of the world renowned Powder Highway. Big Red Cats is one of the biggest cat skiing operations in B.C, with five cats. They run up to four a day and each of their custom made snowcats are spacious and can handle 12 guests with your two certified guides comfortably. Big Red Cats is one of the few operations to split the cats up by ability and offer separate intermediate, advanced, and expert snow cat groups so you don’t ever feel out of place.

BRC has a huge tenure with 20,000 acres complete with some impressive terrain. This zone gets over seven meters of mind blowing snow a year and with the combo of steeps, glades and trees there’s something for all levels of riders.
 
There’s plenty of good après and food in downtown Rossland which is just a stone’s throw away from the base of Red. Make sure you drop into the Steamshovel for a pint and savour the down home, local vibe. Trust me you're going to go away with a fantastic riding experience at Big Red Cats.

Good Times in Rossland

Mathieu
27/02/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    N/A
  • Rider Level
    N/A
  • Rider Age
    N/A
Super fun and good terrain make this cat operation a great deal if you are looking for woods, steeps, pillows and dirty jokes. Extensive terrain, great day even if there had been no fresh snow for one week or more.

The head guide Lee knew where to go, and tail guide Nathalie was as smart and fun as she was pro.