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Selkirk Powder - Day Cat Skiing

Selkirk Powder - Day Cat Skiing4.5/54
Selkirk Powder - Day Cat Skiing4.5 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
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Selkirk Powder - Day Cat Skiing - Reviews

Selkirk Powder - Day Cat Skiing - Reviews

Awesome introduction to cat skiing!

Jennifer Weaver01/03/2016
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February

Awesome introduction to cat skiing!

Jennifer Weaver01/03/2016
Ken describing the terrain
Snow ghosts protecting the open terrain
My trip with Selkirk Powder Company in late February 2016 was my first cat ski adventure and was instantly one of my favorite experiences in my 25 years of skiing.

I was initially nervous (remember, first timer), but our guide, Ken, was outstanding and quickly put me at ease. He was full of energy ("right on!"), excited to introduce us to his mountains. He knew a ton about the area; in addition to providing helpful guidance about what to expect with the terrain ahead, he also gave us historical and geographical lessons - it's cool to learn about the area you're skiing. He really could not have been nicer or more encouraging.

The rest of the crew was great, too. Our booking and check-in experience was very smooth. The snacks and lunch they provided were tasty. And our cat driver was chill and safely/quickly transported us from the end of our runs up to various drop in points.

We had a beautiful bluebird day, so the views were terrific. Even though it had been a few days since the last snow, we had plenty of opportunity to lay down fresh tracks. Ken was great about tailoring the trip to his clients' skill level and interests.

This quote from Ken really summed up the attitude with which we attacked the day: "It's a big wide world, let's all go grab a slice of it and have a good time."

What a Great Trip(s)

Jamie Holliday22/12/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    United States
  • Month:
    January

What a Great Trip(s)

Jamie Holliday22/12/2015
I have skied with Selkirk Powder Company numerous times and it is consistently the best off piste skiing experience you can count on. They are friendly, happy to show off their vast terrain; they feed you (piping hot pizza if you want it) too! The logistics are the best I've experienced, you get your beacon and training in the main Lodge (Schweitzer Mountain Resort), jump on the Great Escape Quad zooming to the top of the Resort, then after counting heads and testing beacons you get to go through Selkirk Powder Company Gates onto the untouched shaded and gladed backside of the resort. Normally off piste, it's now yours, and just a few of your friends. This is a wonderful opportunity to see what all the fuss is about getting first tracks all day long, with no lines, no hurries and no worries. You will love this if it's your first experience in the back country, or one in a long list of great places to make deep turns. I'm booked for this year, watching videos from past trips, already excited for what will surely be another Great Trip with Selkirk Powder Company!

Selkirks Powder

Ken01/03/2013
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Selkirks Powder

Ken01/03/2013
Kens Review of Selkrik Powder
SPC offers a complete backcountry experience. Access is super easy -- no long ride in on a bumpy cat road, just a quick ride up Schweitzer Mountain Resort's Great Escape high speed quad. At the top, you meet your guide and the day begins, ducking through a backcountry gate into SPC's vast acreage.

SPC'S terrain is primarily forested glades, both densely wooded and thinly wooded. While not offering any super steep terrain, SPC makes up for it with tremendously fun terrain, a virtual natural terrain park. There are no long traverses and boarders and skiers alike may have a pleasurable experience.

Guides are very familiar with the terrain and maximize the experience. The guides are enthusiastic backcountry riders and enhance the riding. As is true with all cat skiing operations, a group of good skiers will beat the cat down.

In six consecutive years of visits, snow quality has been consistently excellent. The guides are proficient at maximizing the fresh snow. Even after a week of no new snow, plenty of untracked can be found.

Insider tip: have the hot, pizza lunch delivered by skier to the snow cat for consumption on the ride back up. No wasted time, one more run in SPC's delicious powder!!

Silky Powder Turns

POWDERHOUNDS.COM01/03/2013
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  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Silky Powder Turns

POWDERHOUNDS.COM01/03/2013
Powderhounds Review of Selkirk Powder
Selkirk Powder Company is up there as one of the best cat skiing outfits in the USA. If you’re trying to decide on your next ski vacation destination in the US, I’d head to Schweitzer just so that you can go cat skiing!

Like other USA cat skiing operations, it’s not in the same league as most of the Canada cat skiing companies with regards to terrain size, run length and safety regulations, but it’s still a pretty remarkable experience.

We had such a great day out cat skiing with Selkirk Powder. None of the terrain was particularly challenging and the snow was delightfully silky, so it was fabulous for a relatively cruisy experience and a lot of fun.

Major pros of Selkirk Powder include: the guides know the terrain and all its intricacies really well; tree skiing with lots of variety in tree spacing; and fast easy access to the cat skiing terrain.

For more detail, see our Selkirk Powder Company review and our heli and cat ski ratings.

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