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..... Anyone been out with them? (near Rossland/Big Red) or any other offer in the Rossland/Nelson area?

Just wondering whether it'd be worth dipping a toe into the land of BC cat skiing if there's a bit of last minute availability next week. On the plane tomorrow.
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On the plane tomorrow.



I'm not jealous, not at all!

Cat skiing for a day? Great fun, much better value than the heli skiing days I've done. Not been with the lot you mentioned though.
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Oh I'm pretty much off the deep end right now.......... It has snowed in Whitewater for 15 of the last 16 days.............
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rogg wrote:
Oh I'm pretty much off the deep end right now.......... It has snowed in Whitewater for 15 of the last 16 days.............

Good, don't use it all up, heading out there again next month. Toofy Grin
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Not been with them but assume they'll be ok, bearing in mind Red has about the highest average punter skill level of any resort in the world. They are a resort based op though rather than having a unique tenure so expect the terrain to be pretty similar. Elsewhere Valhalla have a pretty good rep but @philwig has the most comprehensive view.
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Be interested to hear how you get on, I'm with them in two weeks.
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@Mosha Marc, I've nothing booked with them, I'm just going to see if I can snag a last minute booking.If I'm successful I'll post up about it.
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I have heard good things about them. Been with Valhalla it was amazing! Red have a lot of options
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@Dave of the Marmottes,

Not quite sure what you mean by resort based? They have accomodation at the base of red mtn (red shutter lodge, plus I think a few other places - though red has a whole lot more now then when big red cats started I believe).
The place they run the cats is a shuttle bus ride from there.
I've been several times with them - was good (first time extra good due to epic pow!).
A lot depends on the group you're skiing with. Some a really good bunch, some not so much. I think if I was doing it again (and BRC is more expensive now than when I last went skiing with them), I'd want to book the whole cat and go with people I know how they ski.
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stuarth, I think what Dave means, is they are part of the resort rather than a separate co. ?
The area they use is part of Red Mtn Ski, Where the Grey Mtn lift and Mt Kirkup is, is their old cat skiing area Smile They have now included this as lift served and moved the cat skiing further over.
Probably in time with resort expansion this too will be accessible via lift, and the cat op. will move again.

Have known folks use them without complaint, and have also skied in their old area - Grey Mtn & Mt Kirkup, via their resort cat, and that's a sweet place to ski for $10 a ride.
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I’ve got the resort cat ride on the radar, but not sure it’s running yet(?). It appears as ‘closed’ on the resorts list of open lifts so far. A mate who’s sister did a couple of seasons out there a few years back reckons it’d be a good area for a hike if it’s not open.
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stuarth wrote:
... Not quite sure what you mean by resort based? ...
I've been several times with them - was good (first time extra good due to epic pow!).
A lot depends on the group you're skiing with. .... I'd want to book the whole cat and go with people I know how they ski.
It's a common industry term meaning that the operator is located close to a resort. Ownership is a different thing and isn't really important in practice.

Resort-based as opposed to lodge-based is the single most important factor influencing the type of people you can expect to ride with in a public cat or heli.
It also affects the ratio of safety training/ riding; the speed of the group; the sort of terrain you can expect to be taken to; and the style of guiding.
People at resorts tend to be less experienced than those found at remote lodges.

It is less important for cats than heli, because you're limited by the cat speed, and people can ride down in the machine if necessary.

As @DoM understands the concept, he's likely a good bet to ride with wink

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If they're not running it's probably worth asking why.

I doubt you could sensibly hike (!) into decent cat terrain, but it's public land so you can try.
I've never seen anyone other than the odd sledder out there scaring the Caribou.
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