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FWA Powder Catskiing4.4 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
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Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing BC
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing BC
FWA Cat Skiing Canada
FWA Cat Skiing Canada
Fernie Wilderness Snowcat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Snowcat Skiing
Lovely Deep Powder
Lovely Deep Powder
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
FWA Cat Skiing Canada
FWA Cat Skiing Canada
Fernie Cat Skiing - Day Trips
Fernie Cat Skiing - Day Trips
Plenty of Features to Huck Off
Plenty of Features to Huck Off
Plenty of Soft Pow Landings!
Plenty of Soft Pow Landings!
Fernie Wilderness Adventures Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Adventures Cat Skiing
Fernie Cat Skiing BC
Fernie Cat Skiing BC
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
One Big Terrain Park
One Big Terrain Park
Cat Skiing BC Canada
Cat Skiing BC Canada
Hucking Fun
Hucking Fun
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
So Many Sweet Lines
So Many Sweet Lines
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing
Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing

FWA (Fernie Wilderness Adventures) Powder Catskiing

Powderhounds may go barking mad if they don’t get a good fix of fresh powder. A great cure for this problem is to go BC cat skiing, although a possible side effect for powderhounds is a drooling problem when they get a sniff of all that fresh powder!

Fernie Wilderness Adventures (FWA) Powder Cat Skiing is a great adjunct to a ski holiday at Fernie. Riding at the ski resort is enjoyable, but fresh tracks are far from guaranteed. Go cat skiing with FWA to make sure you get a good dose of virgin snow.

FWAPackages

FWA has single day packages, so it’s possible to sample cat skiing for one day, or if you’re addicted to freshies you can do a multi-day trip. There is the flexibility to stay at your choice of Fernie accommodation, either in town or at the Fernie ski resort village. Alternatively you can get away from it all and stay at the FWA lodge which includes culinary feasts and a relaxing soak in the rustic hot tub.
FWA - Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
FWA DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGE
Located near Fernie ski resort
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USD 429
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
FWA is located just 20 minutes from Fernie ski area making it the perfect adjunct to a Fernie ski holiday. The day includes 8-10 runs commencing at 8:00 am at their lodge. Pickups are available if you don't have your own transport. More
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Inclusions
  • Full day of guided cat skiing (8-10 runs; 10-11 K feet)
  • Use of avalanche beacon
  • Lunch
Add-ons
  • Powder Skis ($35/day + 5% tax)
  • Transfers to lodge ($20 + 5% tax)
  • Accommodation ($135/night + 15% tax)
Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Where is FWA Powder Cat Skiing Located?

Fernie Wilderness Adventures is located about 20 minutes from Fernie, away from major civilisation in the southeast corner of BC Canada. The area is part of the “powder triangle”, a region renowned for abundant dry powder.

The Calgary International Airport is 3.5 hours from Fernie and there are many shuttle options to get to Fernie. Cranbrook airport (Canadian Rockies airport) is 1.25 hours away, and Kalispell in Montana is 2 hours away.

If you don’t have a car, return transfers from Fernie to the lodge can be provided for a small fee.


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Snowcat Skiing Terrain

The package includes approximately 8 to 10 runs per day which equates to about 10,000 to 12,000 vertical feet (3,048-3,658 metres).The size of the powderhound playground is 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares) with terrain that includes steep ridges, gladed trees and open meadows. The highlights of the terrain are the many interesting features such as mini half-pipes, pillows, and rocks and short cliff bands to huck off. Check out the video on our Fernie Wilderness Adventures review page which provides a good indication of the fun that can be had.

The terrain is rather technical in places so as a minimum, riders need to be very strong intermediate powder skiers or boarders.

Reviews

FWA Powder Cat Ski

Matt
22/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month:
    March
At the Summit
Epic Cat ski. Amazing powder, amazing conditions, private small group, friendly and knowledgeable guides, and very accommodating staff. A must if you are in the Fernie area

Awesome skiing experience !

Francis
15/02/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    FRANCE
  • Month:
    January
It was 3 weeks since the last snow fall and we (group of 7 advanced skiers and snowboarders) were a bit nervous on the snow quality, but FWA delivered way beyond expectations. They found the snow, fresh lines in on ridges and in forests, all around the mountain. The guides and driver are very nice, helpful and professional. Awesome experience !

Great Guides and tons of fun

David
30/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January
We got there after 2 weeks of no snow, yet the guides were fantastic and found relatively un-tracked snow for almost every run all three days. The terrain skied is more or less tailored to the lowest level skier in the cat. We skied tons of blueish runs a few amazing blacks. Due to the the lack of snow, every run every day was either moderately or heavily treed.
The cat rides are between 20 and 40 minutes between runs when the powder is sparse and you will get 8 to 10 runs. If you want super steep you will have to book the entire cat.
Overall, a very cool place to ski and a little tougher to snowboard as most of the runs end on flat terrain.
Intermediate skiers will enjoy this taste of powder

amazing 3 days

Leo Jansen
12/01/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    canada
  • Month:
    January
My son and I had an amazing three days of Cat skiing with your operation. Communication with your office in setting up arrangements and coordinating getting to the lodge (as we came from Wasa) were excellent.
Guides were fantastic and were very considerate of each of the skiers abilities and interests. Guides were very good at finding un-tracked snow each run and each day. Hazards were identified by guides each run to prevent injury ...this was excellent.
Lodge is fairly basic but is fine for the amount of time spent there.
Soup at the end of the day was a nice touch.
Photographers were excellent, but the prices were a little high for purchase of digital files. If the prices were a bit lower, we would have considered purchasing many more pics.
Cats were great. Cat drivers excellent.

Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing

Gary Shelton
25/03/2016
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  • RiderType
    N/A
  • Rider Level
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  • Rider Age
    N/A
I would not recommend this company. We booked for the 2015 winter and arrived in Fernie. When we arrived there was very little snow and it was frozen ice so we called the outfitter. They cancelled our days. We kindly agreed to carry over our funds to the next year. The 2016 season had no new snow and warming temps so no powder. We requested a rollover to the next year. They responded their cats were running so no funds would be refunded or allowed to be rolled over. This was after we kindly agreed to defer our original trip and having driven to Fernie and spending several hundred dollars the first year. They are not customer friendly!! Avoid them and book elsewhere!

1 day catskiing

Jonny Booth
03/06/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    United Kindom
Staying in the Park Place hotel, FWA have an ideal position with the office in the reception so you can check daily what is happening weather and trip wise. Sadly we picked the worst year for snow it would seem for a decade (typical), but FWA were really helpful in trying to find the best day for the conditions and weather, for us and the rest of the group.

The staff and guides were really helpful and good fun, thorough in their professionalism and made the best out of a bad situation (snow wise). We had some fun runs and was superb to get out onto their private area and see the wilderness. Truly would have been epic had the snow dumped.

We will be back again (fingers crossed for the chapmagne snow we all hear about) and I would not hesitate to use FWA again, great terrain and great people. Many thanks.

March 2013 FWA SNOWBOARDING WITH BURTON FISH

Tim
22/03/2013
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  • RiderType
    N/A
  • Rider Level
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  • Rider Age
    N/A
Temp -4
20 cm of new snow over night with morning flurries.

Excellent crew. Thanks to Brian, Aaron and Matt for a great time. Great group of riders as well. Conditions could not have been better. Snow was great with varying depths. Good enough for a number of the natural drops. Nothing intimidating for the above average rider. Good number of runs. Managed 22 over the course of 2 days.

Check out the Youtube video of the days events

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2Vy010xtOmY

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HvDRLauxLbw

Highly Recommended ****

FWA

Bob Legasa
10/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
Bob Lagesa FWA Rock Garden The owners of Fernie Wilderness Adventure a Snow cat skiing operation in Fernie, British Columbia are all about having fun. FWA sits in the Lizard Mountain Range which is known for getting huge dumps of snow. With an annual snowfall of 400 inches you know you’re in for a special treat and it’s only a 3hour drive from Spokane International Airport.

FWA’s large tenure has plenty of terrain variations, open bowls, really good tree skiing, and then my favorite, The Rock Garden.

FWA has Three Bombardier Snow cats which hold comfortably up to 12 riders each. The cats are stocked with plenty of drinks and snacks and a healthy lunch making each cat ride a relaxing experience as you get ride to the next gladed tree run. There’s no going hungry with this operation.

FWA has quite an established road system that will put you over some great untracked and their longtime guides know the little honey holes and with all the different aspects, they can find good stuff for a long time even in a dry spell. It makes a huge difference when your guides know where to bring you in certain conditions. Typically at FWA you can get 10-12,000 vertical of untouched powder in a typical day and there’s both Daytrips and Multi Day Packages. The overnight accommodations come complete with a hearty breakfast and dinner.

The FWA lodge sits just a few miles outside of Fernie and it holds up to 12 guests for overnight excursions. It’s equipped with all of the modern conveniences of home including a wood fired hot tub.

GREAT!

Skier Girl
20/11/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
FANTASTIC! The lodge is great, the staff are wonderful and the snow- EPIC!!

FWA Provides: All day, Every Day

Steven Walker
20/03/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35
When I rode with FWA, it had been 2 weeks since the last snowfall. The ski hill was ICE, and the feel around town was glum. I decided to try FWA for a day because the few people I talked to the day before couldn't believe how awesome it still was. I thought I was out of luck because it was late and the office was closed, but there was a sign on the door to call anytime and I did....I called the owner on his cellphone, at 1030pm at night, and booked a seat for the next day.

When I woke up at 630 I was skeptical. No fresh snow on my windshield- sh*t- but I had to try anyways. I arrived at the office and was greeted by who else but the owner, Kim. (I have been cat-boarding at 4 other operations and have yet to meet one of the other owners). The secretary organized my bill while I chatted with Kim and two guides Brian and Matt.

After waiting a couple minutes for the rest of the guests to arrive we loaded up to the lodge. A nice 15 minute drive and we were in the middle of nowhere. The lodge was cozy and offered a warm area to suit up for the day. After a waiver signing we went outside to load up, and were introduced to our cat-driver. WHAT! Kim? again? Does this guy do everything? I learned later that Kim drives the odd day when they are shorthanded, or if he is tired of fixing things and running around.

The crew was a mixed-bag, a few Swedes, a couple Brits, and some people from Calgary. By the time we got to the first run we were all acquainted and had buddied up for the day. Let's do this.

The first two runs were "warm up runs" as Brian called it, just to see the groups' abilities and speed. They may have been warm up runs but it was the first powder I had in a month, and they were awesome.

A few more runs and everyone is hooting and hollering as we continue with lap after lap of powder. I was amazed, not once did we re-ski a run, and not once did I feel like I was skiing run-down snow. Brian and Matt were awesome guides, they knew the area like the back of their hands. Brian even talked me into trying the fishing side of things in the summer, I still plan on doing that.

The day ended with a slideshow and a hot bowl of soup at the lodge. Unreal! I will be back, and I recommend FWA to everyone I talk to about skiing.

muy bueno!

Kyla
14/09/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
I had no idea what to expect since I had never been cat skiing before, yet FWA still managed to exceed even my wildest thoughts about what this experience would be like. The lodge was rustic, but still had this incredibly cozy feeling to it. It was either the wood burning stove or the delicious home made soup that was served, post adventure.

The staff was knowledgeable and friendly, and I felt more than safe with them around. They made sure we knew everything about the beacons we were using, and to stay close, have a buddy, and be aware of everything that can happen in the back country. All the guides seem to know the terrain like the back of their hands, making note of every little dip, jump, cliff, hazard. They knew it all, which made me feel even more comfortable.

The snow was amazing... from the pillowy drops to completely opening up in a field of powder and taking the biggest turns and slashes of my life. It seriously felt like gliding on air. This experience was unforgettable, and I can't wait to get out there again!

Awesome Terrain Variety and Deep POW

Jamie Grimes
12/09/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Been there 3 times now. Love the variety of terrain from small to big cliff drops, great tree skiing and lots of flowy open gullies and features galore. I've been lucky and always caught 40 to 50 cm new snow every time.

Staff are very friendly and like to let you ride versus being too constrictive compared to other places I've been. They are all long time staff and know the mountain so well that they never mis-guess where the best fresh lines will be.

I highly recommend it for the riding but staying at the wood cabin lodge is epic. Walk out the front door and you're already on the mountain and you literally walk into your Cat out the front door. Wood burning hot tub, home cooked meals, photo slide show of your rides afterwards while eating an amazing warm soup and bread and bevies - I'll be back for sure considering the price is competitive to other comparable places.

A Big Backcountry Terrain Park

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
16/07/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
FWA is the day cat skiing specialist in the Fernie area and the cat skiing makes a great adjunct to a ski holiday at Fernie Alpine Resort. Or if you cat ski for multiple days, the opportunity to stay at the rustic lodge is a great way to get away from it all.

Even though the terrain is small relative to other cat skiing operations, the terrain is impressive because it’s like one big backcountry terrain park with quarter pipes, powder pillows, and lumps and jumps. It’s perfect for a hucking good time.

Other pros: FWA can operate small groups; and the staff are really friendly.

Potential cons: minimal alpine terrain; fresh tracks are not necessarily guaranteed unless it’s recently snowed due to the terrain size; and long cat rides up and down which may cut into skiing time.

For a more detailed review see our Fernie Wilderness Cat Skiing review.