SKEENA CAT SKIING
British Columbia is world renowned as the cat skiing mecca of the world and rightly so, with over 20 operations in the province. Skeena is the only cat skiing operation in Northern British Columbia, and operates from the only Backcountry Base Camp in Canada! Treat yourself to an adventure in the wilderness…. BEYOND THE CROWD
“Great team, great place! I would even say THE PLACE TO BE!“
CAT SKIING AND BOARDING IN NORTHERN BC
Skeena Cat Skiing is about skiing and boarding! Skiing and snowboarding with others who love snow and being in the backcountry as much as you do. Rippin’ the pow with friends and family, meeting other lovers and making new friends.
It’s about getting away from the hustle, bustle and responsibilities of life and immersing yourself in the pristine wilderness of Northern British Columbia. Discover YOUR wild side at Skeena!
A UNIQUE DESTINATION
- Unique location: Northwest B.C.
- Unique accommodation – the only backcountry cat skiing camp in Canada!
- Easy access – daily flights to Smithers, B.C. via Air Canada.
- No car rentals – airport/hotel service included in price.
- Excellent meals – organic, locally grown meats, wild seafood – prepared by our wild chef!
- Unique staff – all superb at their craft and love skiing & boarding.
- Canadian owned and operated.
Skeena’s ski tenure is located 80km directly north of Smithers, B.C. and approximately 200km from the Alaskan border. The tenured area is approximately 600 square kilometers! This area has long been known by local loggers and powderhounds as a crazy snow belt. It is here where the warm, moist Pacific air collides with the cold, dry air from the interior creating huge dumps of perfect powder snow. The local mountains further enhance the accumulation. If it’s snowing anywhere in BC, it’s most likely snowing at Skeena Cat Skiing!
The Smithers International Airport is the closest point of entry and is serviced by Air Canada. Guests can book their flight through Air Canada directly to Smithers from most major U.S. and Canadian cities, Frankfurt, Munich and London in Europe as well as Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia. Skeena Cat Skiing Team picks up our guests in Smithers at their hotel at 3pm the day before your first ski date and delivers you to the ski tenure. No car rentals!
Below: Jevon rippin’ the pow on the first descent of Bleuer Bowl, March 2017!
Skeena Cat Skiing Base Camp is positioned at approximately 1200 meters, half way up the Gail Ridge ski area. The trees and land formations provide sufficient shelter for the camp and the nearby glacial stream provides the camp with water. The heart beat of Base Camp is the powerful 46 kilowatt, 3 phase power generator which supplies electricity to the entire camp.
Base Camp consists of:
- 24 x 32 foot “Common” tent
- 9, 12 x 12 foot “bedroom” tents
The “Common” tent provides ample space for the kitchen, dining and lounging area. The woodburning stove provides the heat as well as a cozy atmosphere. A cold air boot dryer is also located in the common tent.
The “bedroom” guest tents each have 2 single beds with comfy mattresses, warm bedding, a fluffy pillow, coat rack, night table, electrical outlet and high efficiency Toyo heaters.
The shower house has 2 shower stalls and 2 sinks with the water being heated by an on demand system. Skeena Cat Skiing supplies towels, organic shampoo, conditioner and soap.
All of our meals are prepared with love, on site, from scratch by our talented chef. The breakfast buffet includes yogurt, granola, fruit and pastry followed by a plated hot breakfast. Lunches are made fresh every morning. As there is no stopping for lunch guests may help themselves whenever they are hungry. Upon returning to the camp after your day of skiing, hors d’oeuvres are served in the common tent. Around 7pm, a 3 course (soup or salad, entre and dessert) plated dinner is served. Bar snacks are available during the evening.
We are proud to only use locally grown organic beef, pork, chicken and lamb as well as wild salmon and halibut.
BEST CHANCE FOR FIRST DESCENTS
The snowroads, drop off and pick up points have been designed by owner, Jevon Zyp. Jevon is well known in the B.C. cat skiing industry as one of the most talented snowcat operators in the province. With close to 20 years of experience, his accumulated knowledge of cat skiing, equipment operation, maintenance, as well as snow safety ensure smooth turnarounds between ski runs and an infrastructure built to maximize your skiing. Read more about Skeena Cat Skiing’s history and Jevon’s story here.
Skeena Cat Skiing is still a ‘baby’ in the BC cat skiing industry and has about 400 sq. km of terrain to develop. Your chances of getting first lines and first descents are the best chance that B.C. has to offer. In the 2018 season, 10 new runs were named! Last season, so many new runs were named that we’ve lost track!
Rally Ridge has now been opened since 2013! It’s hard to describe the feeling of going into new terrain but one of our guests from 2013 eloquently put it this way…
“Another great day. We pushed into Rally Ridge; it has never been skied. No human footprint until today..sad in a way but a palpable sense of crossing a frontier in another way.”
Skeena Cat Skiing has a huge amount of skiable terrain! From open alpine bowls to naturally gladed treed runs and everything in between. Here are some stats:
- Grand Central Station (heart of developed area) coordinates: 55deg. 29ft North, 127deg. 16ft West
- Highest elevation: 1800 meters (5900 feet)
- Run lengths: 400 meters (1300 feet) to 1100 meters (3600 feet)
- Average number of runs per day: 10 to 15 (depending on conditions and group ability)
- Average vertical per day: 10,000 to 15,000 feet (3000 meters to 4600 meters
To view more photos of our ski terrain please visit our Instagram page.
“The only thing that eclipsed the amazing skiing was your hospitality”
TAKE A CAT SKIING TRIP ON THE WILD SIDE!
Skeena Cat Skiing season begins mid January and continues to the end of March. You need to be at minimum an advanced skier to come to Skeena. We try our best to match abilities, ages, and often personalities.
Come on up, bring your powder lovin' friends! You will be warmly welcomed, well taken care of, and enjoy a truly unique backcountry cat skiing experience in wild Northern British Columbia!