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Skeena Cat Skiing

Company Intro

Locally owned and operated, Skeena has been open since 2011 and operates from a backcountry basecamp located at the tree line. We have one of the largest and most skiable tenures in the province, with big expansion plans!

Partner Businesses

The members of the Skeena Cat Skiing ownership group also operate these amazing businesses. Check out the links below, and consider a trip to visit them all!

Skeena Cat Skiing

Team Profiles

Skeena Cat Skiing founder, Jevon Zyp, joined forces in 2021 with new partners to create a BC backcountry dream team: Gary Mathiesen, Owner and President of Hudson Bay Mountain Resort; Nick Holmes-Smith, Owner of Mustang Powder; long-time Skeena employee, Kevin Rankin; and Skeena Heliskiing. This new ownership group will take advantage of the depth of their combined knowledge and history in the industry, to expand and enhance the Skeena experience. Learn more about our owners and the incredible Skeena team below.

Jevon Zyp

Partner, Founder

Jevon was born and raised in the Monashee Mountains, and his love for snow sports and heavy equipment led him on the path of helping to start three of BC’s biggest cat ski operations. He moved North with a dream of starting his own, and Skeena Cat Skiing was born in 2011.

Jennifer Zyp

Operations Manager

Jennifer is a Gitxsan k’ubawilksihlkw (princess — Chief’s daughter) raised in the Skeena Mountains and has a vast knowledge of the land, culture, and people. Married to founder Jevon, this duo manages the operations at Skeena Cat Skiing. Jennifer has a diploma in Adventure Tourism and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. When not working or adventuring with her family she is investing in cultural revitalization programs within her Nation.

Gary Mathiesen

Partner, President

Gary has been an avid backcountry and downhill skier his whole life. His diverse business career includes over a decade as the owner and operator of Hudson Bay Mountain.

Nick Holmes-Smith

Partner

Nick Holmes-Smith and his wife Ali have been in the cat skiing industry for 22 years, developing two operations: Monashee Powder Snowcats and Mustang Powder Cat Skiing.

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Land & Community

Skeena Cat Skiing acknowledges and gives thanks to the Gitxsan Nation for allowing us to operate on their unceded traditional territories. We recognize and honour the Gitxsan peoples’ land rights and title, and are appreciative to all those fighting to protect the land, resources, and environment.

The tenure of Skeena Cat Skiing is situated in the mid-south eastern section of the Gitxsan Laxyip (Territories) of Simgigyat (Chief’s) Djogaslee (Ted Mowatt) laxyip Xsu Gwil Gwalgit , Yagosip (Bill Turner) laxyip Max Hla Gandit, Luutkudziiwus (Charlie Wright) laxyip Madii Lii, and Gutginuxw (Phillip Stewart) laxyip Lax Xsin Djihl.

Skeena Cat Skiing founder and director, Jevon Zyp, takes great pride in being a part of the Gitxsan community as his wife and children are also Gitxsan. Jevon has been a supporter and ally to the First Nations people as well as many Hereditary Chiefs with their endeavours for over a decade and looks forward to continuing to build relationships with the Simgigyat and people of the Gitxsan Nation.

Community

Skeena Cat Skiing is proud to enhance the socio-economic status of the region through local hiring; sourcing local food and supplies; using local trades for all repairs and maintenance, and supporting the local tourism industry.

Skeena Cat Skiing is also proud to have involvement in the community through local event sponsorship. 

The following is a highlight of some organizations and programs we support:

Local Towns

Skeena’s nearest towns are the District of New Hazelton, ten minutes away; and the Town of Smithers, a one-hour drive.

Locals of the Hazeltons refer to the area as “The Land of the Totems”. Visit Love The Hazeltons for more information on the area, and a listing of the unique accommodations, excursions, and cultural tours. Not to mention some of the best steelhead fishing in the world.

Smithers’ downtown shopping area replicates a small Swiss ski village and has lots of shops and restaurants to explore. The Smithers airport is right in town, and the base of Hudson Bay Mountain is also just 20 km away. Visit the Smithers Chamber of Commerce website for a full business listing.

Skiing and Adventure

The fun never ends in the #PlaygroundoftheNorth. Arrive early for your Skeena trip and check out some of these other great adventure destinations in the area. And come back in the summer, for incredible fishing, golf, mountain biking, and more! Visit the Smithers Ski & Stay website for great package deals!

Accommodation and Tourism

Visit Tourism Smithers for more information on all the activities to do in Smithers, and the surrounding area, and for a full list of accommodation options.

Here are a few of our favourites:

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