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Skeena Cat Skiing - Backcountry Basecamp

Skeena Cat Skiing - Backcountry Basecamp5/55
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USD 1,896

BASECAMP CATSKI PACKAGES
Min 2 Days | Lodging in Backcountry Tents

Location: Canada | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on 2-day/2-night package twin-share in high season.
Base/invoice currency is in CAD ex taxes (5%).
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,896
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, quality meals + hot tub. Min 2 day package options. Easy access via helocopter.
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Fixed Date(s): Dec 30 - Jan 02, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,844
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 03 - Jan 06, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,528
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 07 - Jan 09, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,370
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 10 - Jan 13, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 3,160
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 14 - Jan 16, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,844
Availability: Almost Full
Fixed Date(s): Jan 17 - Jan 20, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 3,476
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 21 - Jan 23, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,844
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 24 - Jan 27, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 3,792
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 28 - Jan 30, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,844
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Jan 31 - Feb 03, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 3,792
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Feb 04 - Feb 06, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,844
Availability: Sold Out
Fixed Date(s): Feb 07 - Feb 10, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 3,792
Availability: Sold Out
Fixed Date(s): Feb 11 - Feb 13, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,844
Availability: Almost Full
Fixed Date(s): Feb 14 - Feb 17, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 3,792
Availability: Almost Full
Fixed Date(s): Feb 18 - Feb 20, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,844
Availability: Almost Full
Fixed Date(s): Feb 28 - Mar 04, 2022
Days: 5
Price: USD 4,740
Availability: Almost Full
Fixed Date(s): Mar 05 - Mar 08, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 3,792
Availability: Almost Full
Fixed Date(s): Mar 09 - Mar 12, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 3,792
Availability: Filling
Fixed Date(s): Mar 13 - Mar 14, 2022
Days: 2
Price: USD 1,580
Availability: Almost Full
Fixed Date(s): Mar 15 - Mar 18, 2022
Days: 4
Price: USD 2,133
Availability: Sold Out
Fixed Date(s): Mar 19 - Mar 21, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 1,580
Availability: Sold Out
Fixed Date(s): Mar 22 - Mar 23, 2022
Days: 2
Price: USD 1,264
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Mar 24 - Mar 25, 2022
Days: 2
Price: USD 1,264
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Mar 26 - Mar 28, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,133
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Mar 29 - Mar 30, 2022
Days: 2
Price: USD 1,264
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Mar 31 - Apr 01, 2022
Days: 2
Price: USD 1,264
Availability: Available
Fixed Date(s): Apr 02 - Apr 04, 2022
Days: 3
Price: USD 2,133
Availability: Available
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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.

Access

You fly from Vancouver to Smithers (1.5 hours) and whilst this is a remote wilderness experience, the basecamp is accessible by helicopter from Smithers airport in just 30 minutes making it one of the easiest and fastest access cat skiing operations from a major city in North America. 

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...

Itinerary

Day 0- Arrival day (the day before the first day of skiing)

Helicopter transfer from Smithers airport directly to basecamp approx 30 mins).

If helicopter transfer isn't available, 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 - 2/3/4/5 – 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.

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.

Ideally you will transfer via helicopter or via oversnow & road if helicopter service is not an option.

There are evening flights to Vancouver or you may choose to stay in one of the Smithers' hotels.

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

2022 Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons

2 day package:$2,400
3 day package:$3,600
4 day package:$4,800
5 day package:$5,600

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

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....
  • Comfy bedding & towels, shampoo, conditioner & soap
Add-ons
  • Ski rentals - $40 per day
  • Helicopter transfer from Smithers Airport to Basecamp (CAD $400 p.p. round trip)
Not Included

SKEENA CAT SKIING INC. ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TERMS AND CONDITIONS Updated July 8, 2020 in response to current travel restrictions

GENERAL TERMS & CONDITIONS


All-inclusive packages include hotel pick up (3 pm on the day before first ski date) and delivery back to the Smithers Airport or hotel after skiing on the last ski day, all meals, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, lodging 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), emergency medical and evacuation insurance. 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 cancel a ski day or days as per Paragraph below Cancellation by Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. Transfers outside the scheduled pick up and delivery times are not allowed. In the event, that a transfer outside the scheduled times is required, the guest will pay all associated costs.

RESERVATION OF SKI DATES


To secure a reservation, each guest must fill out the online Registration form. Once the deposit of 10% of the full package price is received by Skeena Cat Skiing Inc. your trip is booked! Deposits must be paid by credit card. By paying the 10% deposit, you authorize Skeena Cat Skiing to charge to the same credit card, if less than 90 days before your ski dates, 15% of the full package price upon notice that travel between your country (and/or state) and/or Canada/British Columbia has resumed without quarantine restrictions before departure and/or upon arrival and the remaining balance of 75% of the full package price 90 days before your first ski date. If less than 90 days before your ski dates, the balance payable will be charged to your credit card, if travel between your country (and/or state) and/or Canada/British Columbia has resumed without quarantine restrictions before departure and/or upon arrival. The 10% reservation deposit is non-refundable. In the event that travel restrictions between your country (and/or state) have not resumed without quarantine restrictions before departure and/or upon arrival, Skeena Cat Skiing will issue a credit voucher to the guest(s) for the exact amount of the reservation deposit paid. Credit vouchers are valid for 2 years and will expire 2 years after the issue date.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY


Every guest is required to sign a Release of Liability form before skiing commences. A SAMPLE form can be downloaded here. 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 its’ discretion. In this event, all deposits and payments for the affected ski dates will be forwarded to a later ski date, within 2 years of the affected ski dates and as mutually agreed upon by the guest(s) and Skeena Cat Skiing Inc.

TRAVEL AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE

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