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Big Red Cats - Day Cat Skiing

Big Red Cats - Day Cat Skiing4.5/511
Big Red Cats - Day Cat Skiing4.5 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
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Big Red Cats - Day Cat Skiing - Reviews

Big Red Cats - Day Cat Skiing - Reviews

Being Large Has Great Advantages

25/03/2019

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    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    5

Being Large Has Great Advantages

25/03/2019
Very nice powder out of the wind
Top Dog shredding pow
Magic carpet
Lots of amazing advanced terrain
Way better than a chair lift
Being a large well-oiled machine has some great advantages, with the most obvious one being the highly likelihood of being matched with those of similar proficiency and speed (because when there’s a mismatch, your day is only half as good). You can pick an ability group to start with, and they may do a little shuffling of guests between snowcats if the fit isn’t quite right.

Being large also enables them to have extra snow safety officer/s in the field, so less of your precious skiing time is wasted waiting for your guide to dig a pit or eyeball a run (only to pick another), plus the safety benefits. It is also assumed that having lots of lead guides adds to the brains trust of knowledge regarding avalanche mitigation.

The safety briefing was done very efficiently and effectively and they have the resources to pull together various snow safety videos to supplement the face to face session.

On this trip, we went out for a couple of days. The snow quality varied a little but overall it was quite lovely without being super deep. One day the guides tried to keep us away from wind affected slopes, and thankfully there was an array of treed areas to choose from. All the runs varied a fair bit. There were only a couple that were super steep and very technical, and others just solidly steep and ideal for letting the boards go a little.

We had an incredible time with BRCs. The skiing was so much fun, the vibe in the snowcat was great, and the stoke kept going during après ski whilst Kieren showed us some pics. We stayed at The Josie Hotel at the base of Red Mountain, which as you’d expect for such a deluxe hotel, really topped off the overall experience.

See our full review of Big Red Cats for more information.

Big red cats - red resort feb 2019

Jasper
21/02/2019
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  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    Netherlands
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

Big red cats - red resort feb 2019

Jasper
21/02/2019
What an awesome experience we had with Big Red Cats! As first timers, the whole package was a great experience for us! Loved the tree runs with fresh powder down, and enjoyed the professional and organized way the guides kept us safe all day.
Thanks a lot! Jasper from flatland Holland

Great day with big red cats

scott riddell
01/01/2019
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  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Intermediate
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    United Kingdom
  • Month:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    3

Great day with big red cats

scott riddell
01/01/2019
Had a day with big red cats on the 29th of December 2018 and what a day it was. I haven't tried heli skiing yet but this must be close.  Really good friendly team,  nobody rushing you and the group was from intermediate to advanced . A few were a good bit better than myself but nobody was rushed and we had between 9 and 11 runs, and the cat in between was good for getting a recharge of the legs.

Would definitely recommend this to anyone as it's probably the most memorable days skiing I have done. And very safe also without being too tame. If you are reading this guys from big red cats,  thanks so much for a great day!

5 day New years cat trip

Jeffery Martin
05/01/2016
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  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

5 day New years cat trip

Jeffery Martin
05/01/2016
I stayed with Big red cats for a 5 Day Cat Skiing package over the 2015/16 new years holidays. I was a little apprehensive booking the trip after the lackluster snow years we have had lately. But boy am I glad I did. Mother nature delivered the goods, over 3 feet of fresh powdery goodness. It stopped snowing after my second day but even after 3 days of no fresh snow the guides were still getting us untracked powder.

I have only cat skied with Monarch and Steamboat powdercats so I didnt know what to expect. But i must say it was amazing my first run was 45 degrees and trees. "welcome to BC cat skiing" we did steeps, glades, cliffs from 1 meter to 5 meters. the guides were great the safetey training was very thorough and the lead guides did lot of scouting before we were sent down to check for conditions and terrain. I boarded with a lot of people this trip, that have skied with half the cat and Heli operators in BC and they all had Hi praise for the terrain and experience we had.

I stayed in the Red shutter lodge right next to the cat office and their restaurant "Fresh" for 8 nights stay (single occ) the red shutter is an economy lodging with a nice rustic feel, the walls are a little thin thugh so bring your ear plugs if you're a light sleeper. Hot tub, fireplace, wifi all of the basics. the reasturant was great as well, and close.

I cant wait to book next years trip with them.

One cat ski day in january 2015

Bourrecoud Cédric
14/05/2015
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  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    Suisse
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

One cat ski day in january 2015

Bourrecoud Cédric
14/05/2015
It was the first time in catski and the first winter experience to Canada. I have spent a very great day in these remote Monashee mountains. Snow was excellent, very dry and light. The guides were excellent and friendly. The organisation was very professionnal. We have runned 8 times so it's good money worth.

The terrain was something funny with trees but not too many so you have space to follow your way! Comparing to heliski it is very enjoyable because you ski more and for less money. It is a very good alternative for freeride. I would highly recommend.

Great Day With BRC

Matt
20/01/2015
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  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    4

Great Day With BRC

Matt
20/01/2015
My son and I had the opportunity to ski with BRC in mid-January. Being our first time cat skiing (or in the back country for that matter) I was a little concerned about avalanches and other dangers that exist outside the safety of a ski resort. The overnight snowfall was 20-25 cm on top of a not so stable base and Avalanche Canada had raised the avalanche warning to high. We were also placed in an advanced/expert group and as snowboarders I wasn't sure that we'd be able to keep pace with all of the skiers. Turns out all my worrying was completely unfounded.

Our lead guide, Kauri, did a superb job of keeping us safe and educating us on back country risks and hazards. Our tail guide, Kine, kept us all organized and pointed in the right directing while Kauri scouted ahead to find the best lines. After my first two turns any apprehension I had was gone and all I wanted was to get back in the cat and head up for the next run. We had no problem keeping up with the skiers and everyone in the group was very nice. All-in-all it was probably my best day riding ever. If I lived closer I would certainly be keeping an eye out for open seats whenever a storm rolled through. Hopefully we'll get a chance to cat ski again soon and it will be with BRC.

Big Red Fun

Mario
06/03/2014
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    Skier
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    Expert
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    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    1

Big Red Fun

Mario
06/03/2014
First cat ski trip. Will definitely not be my last. Great group equally matched in our cats every day. Great environment, safe and quick pace which I liked. Shredded a ton of terrain.

Spectacular scenery, great runs and excellent guides.

Basil & Denise
06/10/2013
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    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Spectacular scenery, great runs and excellent guides.

Basil & Denise
06/10/2013
Spectacular scenery, great runs and excellent guides. We skied with Big Red Cats for 3 days in January 2013. The snow pack was excellent and despite lack of recent snow, the guides found us some great powder runs.

Big Red Cats have a very well managed operation and access to plenty of varied terrain. The guides made sure that each individual was well taken care of and worked hard to find runs to suit everyone's ability.

We also stayed on the mountain and skied Red Mountain Resort which offered excellent on and off piste skiing. No crowds, advanced terrain, and friendly locals willing to show us around. There is something for everyone at Red Mountain. Would love to go back soon.

One Slick Operation

01/03/2013

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One Slick Operation

01/03/2013
Big Red Cats has up to 3 (or even 4) snowcats going out each day and they designate these for intermediates, advanced or experts. This is a very unique characteristic. This gives them the flexibility to really cater for different ability levels, so it’s unlikely that you’d get stuck with people that are way above or below your ability or desire for speed. Not many other cat ski operations can cater well for intermediates, but BRC definitely can.

Other pros: BRC is a very slick, polished and professional operation; there is a variety of accommodation options, all offering good value for money; the attention to detail with regards to safety aspects is impressive; high quality guiding including a back-up guide to assist with snow safety; and fast cats. Being located near Red Mountain is also a bonus so that you can combine resort skiing and cat skiing.

One potential con is that BRC doesn’t receive as much snow as other parts of BC however the annual snowfall is still pretty impressive.

See our Big Red Cats review for more detail.

Big Red Cats

Bob Legasa
26/04/2012
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    Skier
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    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Admin Rating
    4

Big Red Cats

Bob Legasa
26/04/2012
Just 2.5 hours north of Spokane, WA on the Canadian border sits the Iconic ski town of Rossland, BC home to Big Red Cats. This former Gold Mining town carries some legit street cred as I learned from Aussie Transplant Kieren Gaul. The tiny town of Rossland has supplied more people to the Canadian National team than any other town in the whole of Canada and the local racing club here has won more world cup races than any other town in the whole world combined. This town is about the mountains and the riding!

Kieren and wife Paula moved from Australia a few years back and are the owner/operators of Big Red Cats. They run the operation from the base of Red Mountain Ski Area which is located in South Central British Columbia right in the heart of the world renowned Powder Highway. Big Red Cats is one of the biggest cat skiing operations in B.C, with five cats. They run up to four a day and each of their custom made snowcats are spacious and can handle 12 guests with your two certified guides comfortably. Big Red Cats is one of the few operations to split the cats up by ability and offer separate intermediate, advanced, and expert snow cat groups so you don’t ever feel out of place.

BRC has a huge tenure with 20,000 acres complete with some impressive terrain. This zone gets over seven meters of mind blowing snow a year and with the combo of steeps, glades and trees there’s something for all levels of riders.
 
There’s plenty of good après and food in downtown Rossland which is just a stone’s throw away from the base of Red. Make sure you drop into the Steamshovel for a pint and savour the down home, local vibe. Trust me you're going to go away with a fantastic riding experience at Big Red Cats.
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