Retallack Cat Skiing BC Canada
Are you addicted to skiing powder? Do you hate the sight of egg shell carton shaped ski runs? Do you despise the crowds at the ski resorts? Thankfully at Retallack Cat Skiing there are no moguls to be found, there’s more than enough elbow room for any powder mutt, and Retallack has plenty of the awesome fresh powder that you’re obsessed with. Throw in loads of fun and steep tree skiing, and you’ve got powderhound ecstasy.
Where is the Retallack Lodge Located?
Whilst it’s not the easiest place to get to, the remote location is part of the appeal of cat skiing at Retallack. The Retallack Lodge is located in the Selkirk Mountains of BC Canada between the towns of Kaslo and New Denver, approximately 90km north of Nelson. A snowcat or helicopter is not required to get to Retallack Lodge. You can drive there on a well maintained highway, so you can pack as many suitcases as you like!
Gateway airports include Castlegar (“Cancelgar”) which is about 2 hours away, or Spokane in Washington which is about a 5 hour drive. Gravity Adventures
can assist with ground transportation if you don’t have a car.
Cat Ski Packages
Retallack offers cat ski packages that range from one day to seven day powder odysseys. Or you can stay as long as you like so long as you’ve got the budget to support your powder addiction! Accommodation is provided at Retallack Lodge which has rooms with a private bathroom. The lodge has plenty of areas for socialisation or relaxation, depending on what takes your fancy. Join the merriment in the bar, make the most of your competitive streak in the games rooms, retreat to the quiet lounge, soak in the hot tub, or enjoy a massage. It’s all good!
As a guide to rates, a package in high season costs CA$849/day (2013-14 rate) which includes accommodation, four meals a day (including après food), the guided cat skiing, and use of an avalanche transceiver.
Retallack Snow and Terrain
The reputation of the gnarly terrain and steep tree skiing at Retallack is well known amongst really strong skiers. Retallack cat skiing is definitely not for intermediate riders, the un-fit, or wimps! They have a run called “Keep Up or F*** Off” which provides a bit of an indication of their attitude to slow pokes.
They normally cover 8 to 15 runs a day with an average run length of 600 metres of vertical. One of the great things about the terrain is that most of the runs consist of fall line skiing with a consistent steep pitch. There are no mellow run-outs to get to the snowcat. Retallack are renowned for their steep tree skiing, but there’s also some alpine terrain on offer.
Retallack receives an abundance of snowfall. The powder is often beautifully dry talcum powder – the stuff that just blows over your shoulders. You can definitely keep your powder dry here. And considering that a lot of the terrain is in the trees, the quality of the powder is well retained, and with 3,800 hectares of terrain there is enough room to provide plenty of fresh tracks.
More Reasons to Cat Ski with Retallack
In addition to a high emphasis on safety and challenging terrain, Retallack has a culture that is incredibly fun. The operation attracts people from a range of ages, but they have in common a sense of adventure and exuberance. It’s not surprising that this is a very popular cat skiing operation which is booked out at times. Get in early, because it would be cat-astrophic if you missed out on cat skiing with Retallack!
See our Retallack cat skiing review
for more reasons to have a powder holiday with Retallack.
BTW “Retallack” is pronounced such that it rhymes with “metallic”.
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