Skeena Cat Skiing - Backcountry Basecamp4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
  • Recommend
    100%
  • Would Revisit
    100%
Skeena Cat Skiing - Backcountry Basecamp Enquire
BASECAMP CATSKI PACKAGES
Min 3 Days | Lodging in Backcountry Tents
From price based on 3-day/3-night package twin-share.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD ex taxes (5% for Canadians / 2.5% for foreigners).
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
Price p/p
From price based on 3-day/3-night package twin-share.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD ex taxes (5% for Canadians / 2.5% for foreigners).
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,262
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Looking for an amazing powder adventure with a difference? This amazing backcountry base camp package offers incredible snowcat accessed powder skiing with lodging in well equipped tents in the backcountry. Min 3 day package options.
View Inclusions & Add-ons
Inclusions
  • Guided cat skiing (max group of 12 with 2 guides)
  • Double or twin-share backcountry tent-style accommodation with heating
  • Avalanche transciever use & instruction
  • Transport between Smithers airport and backcountry basecamp
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (buy alcohol as you go) & more....
Add-ons
  • Ski rentals - $30 per day
Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Click here for rates, dates & availability
These dates are for fixed date tours. Most fixed date tours are for mixed groups i.e. you can join a group as a solo, couple or small group Fixed Date(s)
These tours have a set number of days as shown below Days
Price
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
  • Almost Full = 2 or less spots

Please “enquire” to get a definitive answer
Availability
Jan 16 - Jan 19, 2018
4
USD 2,964
Filling
Jan 29 - Feb 02, 2018
5
USD 3,666
Available
Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2018
5
USD 3,666
Available
Feb 27 - Mar 01, 2018
3
USD 2,262
Filling
Mar 06 - Mar 09, 2018
4
USD 2,964
Available
Future rates & dates are currently not yet available for this operator. Click here to enquire.
Skeena Cat Skiing has been providing northern BC cat skiing tours since 2011. The Skeena Cat Skiing team consists of people that are passionate about delivering a high level of customer service and qualified guides who ensure a safe and fun adventure. Click here for more information about Skeena Cat Skiing>>

Backcountry Base Camp

Stay in a unique tent-based village in northern British Columbia's backcountry and step out the door each day straight into the snowcat where you will be riding in just a few minutes. These aren’t little tents that you have to squeeze into on your knees and then sleep on a mat or camp bed – it’s not roughing it! The insulated rigid frame tents (like Quonset huts) are large, have proper single or king beds, heating, lighting and power points. And the communal tent is huge and includes comfie couches, a combustion fire, a bar, and plenty of dining space where you’ll partake in lovely meals.

The camp is in a remote location but because you stay in tents it seems to make it feel more remote, which adds to the special experience. At the backcountry base camp you’ll really feel like you’re getting away from everyday life.

If you’re looking for luxury cat skiing this is probably not the trip for you, but if you have an adventurous spirit (you don't need to be hard-core!) this is a fabulous backcountry trip with a unique backcountry slant on the style of lodging.

Other Info

See the Skeena Cat Skiing location tab for info on where this adventure takes place. See the Powderhounds’ full review and terrain & snow tab for information on the cat skiing.

Here is a taste of what you can expect on a Skeena Base Camp package...

Lodging

For guests at the Skeena Cat Skiing backcountry camp there are six, 12 x 12 insulated "bedroom" guest tents, each with 2 single beds (or a king bed), a propane heater, coat rack, night table and electrical outlets so you can charge your phone/camera/computer. Comfortable bedding and towels are supplied.

There is a 24 x 32 "common" tent which provides ample space for the kitchen, dining and lounge area. The wood-burning space heater provides the heat as well as a cozy atmosphere. A cold air boot dryer is also located in the common tent.

The well heated shower house has 2 shower stalls and a sink, with the water heated by an on-demand system. Skeena Cat Skiing supplies organic shampoo, conditioner and soap. There is also a double outhouse.

The base camp has a well heated tent for the massage service.

There is no TV, no cell service and very very limited internet access. In addition to skiing and snowboarding gorgeous powder, a major objective of your stay at base camp is to fully relax and get away from it all.


Backcountry base camp

Your cozy room

..the communal tent

Itinerary

Day 0- Arrival day (the day before the first day of skiing)
Transport from Smithers Airport (or a hotel in Smithers) at a pre-arranged time to the snowcat staging area. Transfer luggage into the snowcat for trip up to the backcountry base camp. Settle into back camp.

Day 1 - 3/4/5 – Cat Skiing Days
Mornings
Each day you will awaken to a scrumptious breakfast. Daily breakfasts consist of fresh pastry, cake or muffins, home-made granola, yoghurt, home-canned fruit (peaches/pears) or fresh fruit, toast with home-made jams/jellies...set up as a self-serve buffet. A cooked breakfast is also served daily and is anything from simple bacon and eggs to fritattas, quiche and crepes. Breakfast is held in the common tent where you will also be briefed on the snow conditions.

During the Day
On your first ski day you will be provided with avalanche safety gear and you will be provided with a short session on how to use the equipment.

Throughout the day you will be provided with non-alcoholic drinks, snacks and light food on the snowcat so you don't miss any valuable skiing time.

An average day is 10 - 16 runs (10,000 to 14,000 vertical feet) and they have been known to do as much as 20,000 feet of vertical in a day. This highly depends on the speed of the group and whether you are there to max the vertical or to enjoy the moment and relax a bit.

Afternoon
In the late afternoon you can take a well earned rest in your tent, have a massage, or join in on après ski appetizers and drinks whilst socialising and reminiscing about the great day of skiing. There is very limited wifi internet available for you to catch up on emails with your family and friends (but not enough to download/upload photos and videos each day).

The bar will be open serving beer, wine and hard liquor.

Evening
Each night you will be refuelled with a 3 or 4 course dinner. The types of cuisine served include organic local beef, lamb and chicken, as well as wild meat (venison, moose, elk) and fish (salmon and halibut). After dinner if you are still peckish there is fresh fruit and cookies set out, plus a variety of other snacks to munch on (and any leftover dessert).

Then it's off to bed for a good night's sleep in your cozy tent to rejuvenate the body before doing it all again the next day.

Day 3/4/5 – Departure Day
After a full day of cat skiing (including breakfast and lunch on the run) and après ski appetizers in the afternoon, you will be transferred to Smithers Airport for your journey home or onwards. There are evening flights to Vancouver or you may choose to stay in one of the Smithers' hotels.

2018 Rates, Inclusions& Add-Ons

3 day package:$2,900
4 day package:$3,800
5 day package:$4,700 
+Additional days:$900

  • prices / invoice currency is in Canadian dollars
  • prices are ex tax
  • prices are per person

NB Jan 1 - 15 is snow condition dependent

Inclusions
  • Guided cat skiing (max group of 12 with 2 guides)
  • Double or twin-share backcountry tent-style accommodation with heating
  • Avalanche transciever use & instruction
  • Transport between Smithers airport and backcountry basecamp
  • All meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages (buy alcohol as you go) & more....
  • Emergency medical and evacuation insurance
  • Comfy bedding & towels, shampoo, conditioner & soap
Optional Extras
  • Ski rentals - $30 per day
Not Included

SKEENA CAT SKIING INC. ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS JUNE 1, 2016

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS

All-inclusive packages include airport pick up (evening before first ski date) and delivery back to the Smithers Airport, all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, lodging at the Suskwa Lodge or at the Backcountry Base Camp, full days of cat skiing, one guide for every 6 guests, use of a transceiver and a transceiver lesson (on first ski date). Packages do NOT include equipment rental, alcoholic beverages, transfers outside of the scheduled pick up and delivery times, travel and cancellation insurance, taxes. In the event of circumstances beyond the control of Skeena Cat Skiing Inc., at the Backcountry Base Camp, Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. reserves the right to deliver the package from the Suskwa Lodge.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENTS


To secure a booking, the appropriate deposit amount must be received by Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. Deposits are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another person(s). The balance owing is due 90 days before first ski date. If final payment is not received on time, Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. reserves the right to cancel the booking and retain the deposit amount. If booking less than 90 days before first ski date, the full package price is payable to secure the booking.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY

Every guest is required to sign a Release of Liability form before skiing commences. A SAMPLE form is provided on Page 2 of this document. Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. strongly suggests that you read and understand the Release of Liability before you arrive for your cat skiing trip.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

Ski packages are for specific dates and are fully transferrable to another person(s). There are no refunds, either total or partial for any unused services.

Cancellation by guest: If a guest cancels prior to 90 days before the ski date, the deposit amount will be retained by Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. If a guest cancels within 90 days of the ski date, the full amount paid will be retained by Skeena Cat Skiing Inc.

Cancellation by Skeena Cat Skiing Inc.: Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. reserves the right to cancel any cat ski package at it's discretion. In this event, all deposits and payments for the affected ski dates will be forwarded to a later ski date as mutually agreed upon by the guest(s) and Skeena Cat Skiing Inc.

INSURANCE

Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. strongly suggests that guests purchase trip cancellation insurance. See travel insurance options here >>