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Valhalla Day Cat Skiing - Reviews

Shitty Season. Great Day!

Dan
18/03/2015
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    Canada
Despite it being just about the worst season that most locals can remember, the guides still managed to find some nice, soft snow. The freezing level was above where their highest terrain was but we still got some turns in boot deep snow. In addition, it hadn't snowed in at least a week or maybe even a month (which is almost unheard of in this region) and there was still nice snow to be found. So if you book with Valhalla and you're checking the weather religiously leading up to your trip and it's looking dire, fear not.

In sum, I had a great day and I can only imagine what it would be like during a regular season.

Finally, a word of caution to intermediates. Valhalla says you should be an advanced rider and they mean it.

From a Brit perspective

Bruce Sutherland
16/02/2013
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Bruce Suherland Review of Valhalla Powder Cas
This is our third visit to Valhalla - probably best trip but we did get a good dump on one day when no where else got much, and both days were led by guides on boards which does help.

The day goes pretty much as the brochure says. New to us was the video on the bus and the avalanche safety thing would be good if you could hear it!

Guides were keen to point out good lines to pop off or not, and were quite young and up for a laugh.

Food is excellent and there's plenty of it - having also been to Wildhorse there is now naturally a question over value. However the amount of kit that Patric and Maria have bought and the spare cat etc etc would justify the extra cost if you were there on a day a cat broke down.

There are apparently plans to expand to three cats per day presumably plus media cat. What do all these media cats do as surely there is a limit to how much BC snow people want to see on video?

The only thing we see as a could do better would be some coffee back at the office when everyone gets off the bus! Apart from that very slick and professional operation.

Valhalla Powdercats

Bob Legasa
11/10/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
Ever since my first days on skis the fascination and allure of blasting through bottomless powder has been an infatuation for me and Valhalla Powdercats made my fantasy a reality. There’s something to be said about skiing the infamous “Kootenay Cold Smoke”.

Valhalla Powdercats name says it all. Situated between the coast range Valhalla Powdercats zone gets a lot of precipitation, but without the moisture since it gets dumped before it gets there. Combined with a combination of cold temps, lots of precip, their reputation and rightfully so is for a lot of deep, cold, dry powder.

A typical day riding at Valhalla you get anywhere from 8-12 runs which measures out to about 15-20,000 vertical of untracked. Valhalla provides each cat group of 12 riders with 2 certified mountain guides. At the beginning of the trip each group goes through mandatory safety training in the morning working with transceivers, probes and shovels. Valhalla has this training procedure dialed in and the guide really stresses skiing as a group, not only for safety which is a huge part of it, but it increases peoples’ enjoyment of the terrain. Their experienced guide staff have a tremendous amount of knowledge about their zone making your experience one you’ll remember for a lifetime. Rumor has it they just opened up a bowl which doubles their terrain!

When Cat skiing you work up a mean appetite and back at the cat lunch containers are filled with sandwich wraps and plenty of homemade treats that are prepared daily by the Valhalla staff. Definitely some good eats!

Valhalla offers up a variety of different packages, from 1 day to 5 day trips. You can also hook it up for the ultimate trip with Valhalla’s Sister company Snowwater Heli skiing and do their “Kootenay Sampler” One day at red Mountain, Two days Valhalla cat skiing, One day Ainsworth Hot Springs to rejuvenate and then fly into Snowwaters mountaintop lodge for the pinnacle in skiing, 3 days of heli skiing. Now that’s the Mother lode!

Steep and Deep

JW
18/08/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
This place had the best snow and terrain of any snowcat operation I've been at (4 different places including AK) and compared to some of the heli terrain I've done. The steep chutes, trees and deep powder were great fun and the guides put us on greatly varied terrain run after run.

We were lucky to have 3 continuous days of puking snow, almost 4 feet in 3 days. By the 3rd day the snowpack was getting loose and the guides had to really pick the terrain wisely to keep us safe, but also steep enough so that we didn't have to walk on the outruns to the cat. They did a GREAT job and we lapped run after run of short (maybe 1k vert feet) but steep treed face-shots all day.

Only complaint was that we had some would be hot-shots that wanted to huck off of anything and everything (that's OK) but couldn't land it (NOT OK) and we spent several valuable and costly runs worth of time searching for their skis and poles. In my opinion 3 strikes and you're out...no more hucking if you can't land it. Not fair to the group to miss 2 or 3 runs because of your ineptitude. Unfortunately the guides did not reel these guys in so the group suffered.

Other than that it was a great experience and I highly recommend checking them out.

Valhalla Powdercats

simon rees
12/08/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
The Valhalla mountains just outside Nelson B.C are fantastic - I was lucky enough to have a blue bird day with no wind. The snow was reasonable (it hadn't snowed for 2 weeks) but the terrain for most part was steep and narrow. It tested most of ski group and I must say it was exhillarating. The guides were great and I found the experience totally worthwhile. Put Valhalla Powdercats on your list of things to do.

Heaven for Powder Warriors

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
16/07/2010
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
Valhalla sits in the Powder Triangle of BC and is generally blessed with lots of lovely powder. The terrain is also kick-arse for advanced and above riders with lots of variety and amazing tree skiing.

For a more detailed review see our Valhalla cat skiing review.