Keefer Lake Lodge

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Keefer Lake Lodge

Keefer Lake Lodge5.0/53
Keefer Lake Lodge5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
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Keefer Lake Lodge

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Keefer Lake Lodge5.0/53
Keefer Lake Lodge5.0 out of 5 based on 3 reviews

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.

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 Safety

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.

Great Cat Skiing Program

Brent30/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    Canada

Great Cat Skiing Program

Brent30/01/2019
We had an incredible 3 day trip at Keefer Lake in January. This was my second time at this operation and it keeps getting better. From the first rate lodge to the steep tree runs, everything at Keefer is top notch. Food was incredible, rooms are very nice - even the cats have glove warmers and low profile leather seats. Easy access from Kelowna airport makes this a great choice for a cat skiing trip. Limited high alpine terrain, mostly tree skiing. They continue to do summer glading to improve the tree runs - which is awesome! The snow here is also world class BC interior champagne powder. Highly recommend.

Superb Service and Phenomenal Powder

Simon11/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Rider Ability
    Expert

Superb Service and Phenomenal Powder

Simon11/01/2019
I just finished a phenomenal ski experience at Keefer Lake! Jeff and his crew really put together the perfect program. Before you arrive even arrive, the service is top notch. Nicole has called to make sure you are prepared the trip, the skiing and logistics to get there. From the moment you arrive to the minute you leave you want for nothing. The food is delicious, the atmosphere is fun and non stop. Keefer's team has thought of just about everything, even making ordering drinks from the hot tub possible!

But we were really there for the skiing, and they did not disappoint! The guides are fun and friendly, and know their stuff. They are super knowledgeable about the terrain and found us incredible snow to ski the entire time. The blow powder was endless and deep. The face shot filled runs left everyone in our cat arguing about which run was best, or who got the best line.

And the cats are luxurious! They feel very custom and include a glove warmer in everyone's personal onboard cubby. Every little detail has been well thought out.

Keefer is worth checking out if you like to luxuriate and crush powder after powder run!

Phenomenal Time

POWDERHOUNDS.COM10/01/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Rider Ability
    Expert

Phenomenal Time

POWDERHOUNDS.COM10/01/2019
Amazing powder skiing Gorgeous snow! Fully pimped out snowcats Celebrating the joys of powder Fabulous terrain

We had an absolutely phenomenal time with Keefer Lake Cat Skiing!

Pros

  • The snow was phenomenally deep and dry. The only downside was that my tree buddy left big clouds of cold smoke in his wake when he was out in front and it was hard to see (not really a problem!!).
  • Keefer Lake Cat Skiing has plenty of steep terrain and some very steep terrain, and unlike some BC cat skiing outfits, the slopes don’t bench out to boring mellow slopes before you hit the cat track.
  • Whilst all the terrain is below the treeline (with a little sub-alpine terrain), the runs are all very varied and you won’t suffer from déjà vu.
  • The two lodges are new and lovely, and single rooms with ensuite are available for those who don’t want to listen to someone else snoring. The lodge design has been really well thought out, and the ski rooms are very cleverly laid out.
  • The lodge staff provided exceptional levels of service, and there was superb attention to detail.
  • The snowcats are new and fast and the snowcat cabins are very well designed with attention to detail. As one example there are individual overhead storage compartments with heating outlets so you can dry your gloves and helmet/goggles between runs.
  • Whilst the operation is very new, the owner came with extensive experience with a very reputable BC snowcat skiing operation. The guides are very proficient and professional.

Cons

  • A degree of glading and alder clearing has been undertaken, but the exits from some of the runs were a bit heinous. Additional glading over time will enhance the lower parts of the terrain.
More detailed review of all aspects of the operation coming soon.
Keefer Lake Lodge Cat Skiing Packages
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USD 2,482

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
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USD 2,482
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): Mar 12 - Mar 16, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 3,723
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 16 - Mar 19, 2019
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,482
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2019
Days: 5
Price: USD 3,285
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 23 - Mar 26, 2019
Days: 4
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 26 - Apr 06, 2019
Days: 12
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