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Keefer Lake Lodge Cat Skiing
Keefer Lake Cat Skiing
The Keefer Lake snowcat cabins have been well pimped out
A sneak peak at some of the terrain
Part of the large tenure
Keefer Lake Cat Skiing
A lovely new lodge
All rooms have an ensuite bathroom
Keefer Lake Cat Skiing
Keefer Lake Snowcat
Keefer Lake Lodge BC Canada
One of the lovely lodges
A rolling open meadow
Amazing terrain choice
Cat boarding Keefer Lake
The snowcats depart from the lodge door

Keefer Lake Lodge

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Keefer Lake Lodge Cat Skiing

Keefer Lake Lodge Cat Skiing is a relatively new kid on the block when it comes to cat skiing in BC Canada. The Keefer Lake Cat Skiing team are all very experienced and have high levels of expertise but being reasonably shiny and fresh has some distinct advantages.

  • Keefer Lake has a brand-new luxury lodge that’s been purpose built with cat skiers in mind. The position was well thought out, with amazing views through monstrous sized windows, and easy access to a smorgasbord of terrain (no shuttles to the staging area).
  • All guest rooms have an ensuite bathroom.
  • Keefer Lake Cat Skiing has two new snowcats (plus a back-up cat and road building cat) and the cat cabins have been pimped out to perfection.
  • Many of the other Canada cat skiing outfits are booked out a year in advance with long-term returning guests, but with Keefer Lake you actually have a chance of scoring a spot. However Keefer Lake Cat Skiing is very quickly gaining in popularity so this is likely to quickly change.
  • The levels of customer service are incredibly high.
The proximity of Keefer Lake Lodge to an international airport (Kelowna) is also a huge plus.

Keefer Lake Lodge Cat Skiing Packages

Cat skiing packages are 3 or 4 days in duration (with the occasional 2 day package) and are open to solo guests or small groups. Or you can pull together your own posse for a private cat skiing trip.

Where is Keefer Lake Lodge?

Keefer Lake Lodge Cat Skiing is located in the Monashee Mountains of BC Canada, southeast of the town of Cherryville.

Keefer Lake Cat Skiing is the closest BC cat skiing to an international airport. The drive from Kelowna International Airport to the lodge takes about 2 hours, whilst it takes just over an hour to drive from Vernon (near Silver Star Ski Resort, where you might want to warm up your ski/snowboard legs) to the lodge. Big White Ski Resort is also in the region, not too far from Kelowna.

A vehicle with good AWD (all-wheel-drive) or 4x4 with winter tyres is advisable. Driving directions will be provided. A shuttle service can also be provided.

You can see flight options to Kelowna and car rental options here.


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Keefer Lake Cat Ski Terrain

Located in the interior of British Columbia, the region is renowned for the high quality snow, and the elevations (1,400m/4,600ft – 2,140m/7,000ft) are about 200m higher than nearby Silver Star Resort. The Keefer Lake Cat Skiing tenure scores 14 metres of powder per season, which equates to 46 feet or 550 inches and double the amount of snowfall of Silver Star.

The tenure is spread across a massive 86,500 acres (135 square miles) in the Monashee Mountain Range. There is over 50km (31 miles) of active snow roads and not all the terrain is actively used at the moment. Keefer Lake are continually developing the terrain through additional road building and glading.

The type of terrain is delightfully varied and includes open bowls, alpine chutes, nicely spaced glades and old growth cedar forests, and some tight-ish trees for good measure. Approximately 10-20 % of the terrain is alpine/sub-alpine whilst 80-90 % is gladed/trees.

Runs are between 300 and 800 metres long (1,000 - 2,500 ft) and expect powder bliss vertical of about 2,500 to 4,600 metres per day (8,000 to 15,000 ft). As to be expected, the amount of vertical is dependent on the conditions and the speed of the group as a whole.

Skiers and snowboarders as a minimum should be strong confident riders in a variety of snow conditions.
Keefer Lake Cat Skiing has a team of experienced and certified guides, and ensures an ego-free operating culture. Some features of the safety program:
  • Avalanche transceivers, safety training, and daily briefings.
  • All guests are supplied with ABS airbag backpack with shovel and probe.
  • Active participation in professional guiding and avalanche awareness communities.
  • Regular equipment maintenance.
  • Safety and first aid equipment on site and in all snowcats.
  • Helicopter assisted emergency evacuation.
  • Backup snowcats and equipment.
All of the Keefer Lake guides are members of the Canadian Ski Guide Association (CSGA) and the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA). Many have been guiding for over 20 years.

Risk avoidance is about planning, preparing, and practising. The guides train and practise year-round. Guides constantly update their first aid training, guiding, and avalanche rescue skills. The guides check conditions daily and hold multiple daily guide briefings, and check and contribute to avalanche safety bulletins. Every season the guides practise large scale avalanche rescue and other emergency scenarios so they can respond to any situation.

As a voluntary member of HeliCat Canada, Keefer Lake Cat Skiing also follows a strict set of operational guidelines to optimise safety. All guests have a radio with them at all times out in the field to communicate with the guides, other guests, or the lodge.

All guests are supplied with Avalanche transceivers and given basic training.

All guests are supplied with ABS airbag backpack. Each backpack has a collapsible shovel and avalanche probe.

Your personal equipment is your safety gear too – keep it maintained and in excellent condition. All equipment brought by guests must be reliable and able to operate safely in extreme conditions.

You may have “really fat skis” that are still not fat enough to safely ski the deep snow in the Monashees. If your skis or snowboard are not suitable for conditions, equipment is available onsite.

On the first day you will have a safety briefing before heading out to your first peak. The guides will cover important rules to stay safe around the snowcats and learn how to keep each other safe in the mountains. The group will then head outside for transceiver training and beacon-finding practice until each guest is confident and every radio has been tested.
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Keefer Lake Packages DETAILS
Price p/p From price based on 3-day package which includes 3 days cat skiing & 3 nights lodging in shoulder season
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USD 2,584

KEEFER LAKE CAT SKIING PACKAGES
3-4 nights | 3-4 days cat skiing

Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 3-day package which includes 3 days cat skiing & 3 nights lodging in shoulder season
Base/invoice currency is in CAD inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,584
Keefer Lake Lodge offers 3 & 4 day cat skiing packages inclusive of guided snowcat skiing, accommodation (rooms with ensuite) in lovely lodges, meals, snacks and use of safety equipment, including airbag backpack. More
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 26 - Dec 30, 2018
Days: 5
Price: USD 3,420
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 30 - Jan 02, 2019
Days: 4
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 02 - Jan 05, 2019
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,584
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 05 - Jan 08, 2019
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,584
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 3,420
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 12 - Jan 15, 2019
Days: 4
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 15 - Jan 17, 2019
Days: 3
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 3,876
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 17 - Jan 19, 2019
Days: 3
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 19 - Jan 26, 2019
Days: 8
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 26 - Jan 29, 2019
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,926
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 29 - Feb 09, 2019
Days: 12
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 09 - Feb 12, 2019
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,926
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 12 - Feb 26, 2019
Days: 15
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 26 - Mar 02, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 3,876
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 02 - Mar 12, 2019
Days: 11
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 3,876
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 16 - Mar 19, 2019
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,584
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 3,420
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 23 - Mar 26, 2019
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,584
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 26 - Apr 06, 2019
Days: 12
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