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Great Northern Snowcat Skiing5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
 

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing BC

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing in BC Canada provides a stellar powder skiing experience where you can shred lots of pow. It’s so addictive you may end up with Mad Pow Disease!

The Great Northern cat skiing is located in the Badshot Range, but these mountains are not aptly named. There are definitely no bad shots, just amazing powder shots, armpit shots and plenty of face shots! Be sure to pack your Contour or GoPro to capture all that exceptional ego snow.

Mother Nature looks very kindly on the Badshot Range and makes the snow fly a lot. Great Northern Snowcat Skiing receives an average of 15 metres (600 inches) of snow per season. The area is a snow magnet, and was judiciously picked by Brent McCorquodale back in the 1970s as a perfect spot for snowcat skiing. Brent is still the owner and operator of Great Northern Snowcat Skiing, which is a huge advantage because he and his guides know the terrain intimately. They say Brent knows the terrain better than the back of his hand, but he probably knows the area much better than that because really, who knows the back of their hand?!

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing Packages

Great Northern Snowcat Packages DETAILS
MULTI-DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGE
From 3 Nights & 3 Days Cat Skiing
From price based on 3 night/3 day package in twin/double-share room in high season.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
From price based on 3 night/3 day package in twin/double-share room in high season.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,678
Lock in 2016 rates (as advertised) before rise of 5% on May 31
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Great Northern Snowcat Skiing (GNSS) offers fabulous multi-day mixed-group packages from 3 to 7 Nights (3 to 6 days of cat skiing) staying in their private lodge. All meals are included in the package. More
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Inclusions
  • Twin-share accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day
  • Daily guided snowcat skiing
  • Use of avalanche safety equipment (beacon, probe, shovel & backpack)
Add-ons
  • Fat ski / board rentals - $enquire
Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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We try to keep the availability as accurate as possible however things can change regularly. The following statuses roughly equate to:
  • Available = 5 or more spots
  • Filling = 3 – 5 spots
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Availability
Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2017
5
USD 2,753
Available
Dec 30 - Jan 06, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Dec 30 - Jan 02, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Jan 02 - Jan 06, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Jan 06 - Jan 09, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Jan 06 - Jan 13, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Jan 09 - Jan 13, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Jan 13 - Jan 20, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Jan 13 - Jan 16, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Jan 16 - Jan 20, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Jan 20 - Jan 23, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Jan 20 - Jan 27, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Jan 23 - Jan 27, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Jan 27 - Feb 03, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Jan 27 - Jan 30, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Jan 30 - Feb 03, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Feb 03 - Feb 06, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Feb 03 - Feb 10, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Feb 06 - Feb 10, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Feb 10 - Feb 13, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Feb 13 - Feb 17, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Feb 17 - Feb 24, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Feb 17 - Feb 20, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Feb 20 - Feb 24, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Feb 24 - Feb 27, 2018
4
USD 2,678
Available
Feb 24 - Mar 03, 2018
8
USD 5,088
Available
Feb 27 - Mar 03, 2018
5
USD 3,002
Available
Mar 03 - Mar 10, 2018
8
USD 4,657
Available
Mar 03 - Mar 06, 2018
4
USD 2,417
Available
Mar 06 - Mar 10, 2018
5
USD 2,753
Available
Mar 10 - Mar 17, 2018
8
USD 4,657
Available
Mar 10 - Mar 13, 2018
4
USD 2,417
Available
Mar 13 - Mar 17, 2018
5
USD 2,753
Available
Mar 17 - Mar 24, 2018
8
USD 4,361
Available
Mar 17 - Mar 20, 2018
4
USD 2,289
Available
Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2018
5
USD 2,560
Available
Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018
8
USD 4,361
Available
Mar 24 - Mar 27, 2018
4
USD 2,289
Available
Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2018
5
USD 2,560
Available
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
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Where is Great Northern Snowcat Skiing Located?

The BC interior is the ultimate destination for powder skiing and snowboarding, and Great Northern Snowcat Skiing is located right in the heart of it all.

GNSS is located away from civilisation in the Selkirk Mountains of south-eastern British Columbia. The lodge is situated just outside the little town of Trout Lake, 177km north of Nelson (approx 2.5 hour drive) and 89km southeast of Revelstoke (approx 1.5 hour drive including a ferry trip). The lodge is at reasonably low elevation so it’s conveniently accessible via car. You can arrive or depart at your own pace because you don’t need a snowcat, snowmobile or helicopter to access the lodge.

Gateway airports for Great Northern Snowcat Skiing include Spokane, Castlegar and Kelowna. From Spokane international airport (Washington, U.S.) it’s possible to rent a car and drive to Trout Lake (5-6 hour drive). Castlegar airport (about 3 hours away) has daily flights from Vancouver and Calgary, but one drawback of the“Cancel-gar airport” is that flights are often cancelled in foggy weather. Both of these airports are near Whitewater and Red Mountain ski resorts, so you could stop there for a couple of days on the way.

The other option is Kelowna airport, a 4 hour drive from Trout Lake. You could stop in at Revelstoke Ski Resort to get the legs firing on all cylinders before your cat skiing holiday.

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing in BC shouldn’t be confused with Great Northern Powder Guides cat skiing in Montana USA.


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Great Northern Cat Skiing Terrain

Great Northern has plenty of space for snow cats to go prowling for epic powder; 75 square kilometres (18,533 acres), making it slightly bigger than the average for cat skiing BC operators.

GNSS has endless miles of terrain, so the guides have plenty to choose from to pick the best snow, and you only have to share all that pristine powder with one group. There’s a run called “Granny’s Panties” and you can definitely have that all to yourself!

The terrain includes alpine bowls, glades, tight trees, and meadows, with a mixture of steep and mellow, so there’s plenty of variety to keep all ability levels happy. Great Northern Snowcat Skiing caters to skiers and snowboarders of at least advanced intermediate ability (ie strong intermediates and above).

Approximately 12,000 to 15,000 vertical feet of powder skiing is covered each day, depending on the strength of the group and the conditions. However with Great Northern the emphasis is on having a holiday, rather than it being a competitive race to get as much skiing in as possible. They don’t count runs or vertical miles, just the number of smiles! Lunch is also somewhat relaxed. It is served outside on fine days, whilst on inclement days it’s sometimes served inside a mountaintop shelter.

More Reasons to Cat Ski with Great Northern BC

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing has a comprehensive safety program as well as state of the art snowcats, and efficient snowcat roads to get you to the goods quickly.

Another pro of this cat skiing operation is the high level of customer service provided. This is a boutique BC cat skiing operation, and everything is a little more personalised. The guest services manager can assist with lots of little extras including travel arrangements, and the lodge staff are incredibly friendly.

Great Northern is really for skiers and snowboarders who want to rip the powder without going on a max vertical powder feeding frenzy. It’s for guests that want to escape from civilisation and have a reasonably chilled holiday. The cosy lodge only accommodates about 15 guests per week, and rather than being hectic and a big party scene, it tends to have an intimate and mellow social atmosphere.

Whether you visit with mates or travel solo on your powder skiing holiday, you’ll make lasting friendships and awesome memories. You’ll also leave the Selkirks completely hooked on the delicious powder and craving your next fix of the deep white stuff.

The Powderhounds are yet to personally review Great Northern Snowcat Skiing however you can see visitor reviews here>>

Reviews

Pow!

Alex s
13/03/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Canada
I came up for 2 days in March 2017, it was a last minute trip to release some stress of city life.
Starting with the booking process it was a great experience. The approach of the staff is very personal, just about every person there took the time to learn guests' names.
Now on to skiing. The terrain is varied, from steeps to glades and everything in between. Guides knew every inch of the many peaks they took us to. We never had to ski over the same area and everyone got to ski/ride freshies on every run.
As far as safety, the guides were proactive and vigilant. Starting with the training where everyone got to practice drills and equipment operation. Throughout the day, if any line was in question, one guide would go out and survey the line before we even got close to it. I felt extremely safe and confident in guides' knowledge and expertise.
The snow was plentiful to say the least. It snowed before I got there and again when I was there. It snowed so much that on the second day you couldn't tell where we skied the day before.
I can go on but there's only so much time I have. I will definitely come back and when the kids are older they're coming with me.

Can it get any berter?

Lawrence Foster
26/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    51-65
  • Rider Ability
    Advanced
  • Country
    Canada
I recently visited GNSC with a group of 15 - fathers and sons. We arrived 8 days after a 3 meter dump and there was no shortage of fresh powder, and mother nature added 47 cm in the three days we were there!

The 35 square miles has plenty of terrific terrain. We particularly enjoyed the steeps in the trees. You really do get the sense that Brent, Dan and Chris really know the terrain and make sure you always have a good run.

I can't imagine skiing gets any better than our three days here.

Great Northern cat skiing

Andre
19/02/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Canada
Fantastic terrain, amazing people, great food, very unique experience!

Customers return every year because they understand how amazing this place is!!!