Skeena Cat Skiing office is located 10 minutes outside the small community of The District of New Hazelton, on Highway #16 in Northwest British Columbia. The Northwest is the least populated area of B.C. and has the highest Aboriginal population (30%) in the province. Locals refer to the area as “The Land of the Totems”. The Hazeltons offer some unique accommodations, excursions, cultural tours and some of the best Steelhead fishing in the world. Check out the “LovetheHazeltons” website where many of the local businesses showcase what they have to offer!
The closest shopping and services are a 1 hour drive south to the Town of Smithers. The Smithers Airport lies just 2 km. from town center on the north side. The downtown shopping area replicates a small swiss ski village….that’s how important skiing is to the locals! If you are coming to Skeena Cat Skiing, you might want to check out some of the other skiing opportunities in the area. Last winter Arcteryx, Northern BC Tourism and Destination BC took a Via Rail trip and experienced many of the skiing opportunities between Prince George and Terrace. You can view the story here: http://blog.hellobc.com/skiing-in-northern-bc-a-ski-trip-by-train/
A 2 hour drive west from Hazelton along Hwy #16 brings you to the City of Terrace. Terrace is also known for fabulous winters! As WestJet flys into Terrace, you might consider Terrace the beginning of your journey in northwest B.C. Shames Mountain, the locally owned ski hill is famous for huge dumps of powder and uncomparable backcountry skiing. Visit Terrace is a great place to gather information and start planning!
Rather have someone else do the planning? Hayley at Adventure Camp Tourism will be happy to put a purr…fect package together…just for you!
Skeena Cat Skiing is proud to enhance the socio-economic status of the region by:
- hiring “local” whenever possible..90% of our staff lives in Smithers or the Hazeltons
- buying “local” Skeena Cat Skiing sources beef, pork, chicken and lamb from local organic growers
- fuel is purchased from our local coop while 80% of our equipment repairs & maintenance costs are spent locally
- support the Smithers Airport by bringing guests in, as well as increasing the visitor days to our province
Here are some of the local events that we sponsor:
- The Annual Schussboomer – Fundraiser for the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club
- The Big Pig Bike Festival – Fundraiser for the Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association
- Trix ‘n the Stix – Local informal competition where skiers and snowboarders in each age group have an hour apiece to show off their best tricks.
- Boarding for Brant -created to carry on the legacy of Brant Holenstein, a local young man whose life ended far too soon. The foundation raises money to provide gear, passes, lessons and sponsorships to those who otherwise would not be able to participate.
- The Extreme Everest Challenge – Skin up, ski down 18 times to equal the total elevation of Mt. Everest with all proceeds going to the Live it! Love it! Foundation.
- Burns Lake Rotary Club Annual Auction
Smithers Rotary Club Annual Auction
- District of New Hazelton Canada Day and Christmas Celebrations in the park
Skeena Cat Skiing is honored and stoked to sponsor these two extremely talented and dedicated young men. No doubt the world will be hearing about them in the coming years.
Born: Jan 16 – 2005 in Smithers BC
Stared Snowboarding: 2006
Height: 4′ something…pip squeak
Weight: 93 lbs.
Board Stance: Regular, 19″wide, 15 deg and 15 deg
Favorite Snowboarder: Travis Rice
Favorite Event: Baker Banked Slalom
Favourite Trick: Anything Done With Style
Favourite Place to Snowboard: Backcountry POW!!!
Favourite Food: Beef Stroganoff
Best Recent Snowboard Results:
2016 – Baker Banked Slalom – Next Gen – 1st
2016 – DC Hit And Run – U16 – 3rd
2017 – Baker Banked Slalom – Juniors – 3rd
2017 – Dc Hit And Run – U16 – 1st
Tosh is also sponsored by: Burton, Electric, Sandbox, Hudson Bay Mountain, Sunlife Financial, Local Supply Company and his Nana & Papa
Here is another local young man that Skeena Cat Skiing is proud to sponsor! Liam started skiing about a year after he learned to walk! He loves to ski and it certainly shows. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this young man in the coming years!
Home Club: Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club
Born: July 25, 2002
Weight: 165 lbs.
Started skiing: 2004-2005
Favorite skier: Erik Read
Favorite event: Schussboomer Downhill
Favorite discipline: Slalom
Favorite place to ski: groomers on Hudson Bay Mountain
Favorite food: Moose Roast
Best Recent Results:
2018 Highschool Provincials – Overall 1st place
2018 North Zone Finals – Overall 1st place
2018 North Zone Finals – Under 16 1st place
2018 Westerns Dual Team Event – Under 16 1st place
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!