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 (Mel Woods) 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.
Locals 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, cultural tours. Not ot 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 away. Visit the Smithers Chamber of Commerce website for a full business listing.
SKIING & 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!
Skeena Heliskiing (heliskiing adventure in same Skeena tenure)
Hudson Bay Mountain (skiing in winter; mountain biking in summer)
Harvey Mountain Adventures (snowmobile tours)
Bear Mountaineering (backcountry adventure)
Adventure Camp Tourism (adventure tourism booking).
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.
- Boarding for Brant – created to carry on the legacy of Brant Holenstein, and raise money to get gear, passes and lessons to those with obstacles for participation
- Extreme Everest Challenge – skin up and ski down 18 times to equal the total elevation of Mt. Everest, with all proceeds going to the Live it! Love it! Foundation
- 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 trick ski and board competition
- Burns Lake Rotary Club Annual Auction
- Smithers Rotary Club Annual Auction
Arriving to Hudson Bay Mountain from the U.K., Claire began her relationship with the mountains at the age of two. In the early years, time on the slopes wasn’t a priority as she preferred lounging in the cozy family cabin, playing underneath the Hudson Bay Mountain Day Lodge, or seeking out a quiet hiding spot in the prairie trees to nibble snacks. However after gradual exposure to the world of competitive skiracing, she fell into a rhythm of training with the Smithers Ski Club. Claire developed skills that took her to race all over the world and ultimately led to a diverse ski career of coaching, action modelling, writing, and work in the media industry. She has been featured on countless magazine covers and advertising campaigns as well as in motion as a host for Ski TV. Her Ski Fit programs have also been published in print and online. Though Claire loves to travel and ski new places, there will always be a special place in her heart for the mountain where it all began.
Tosh Krauskopf has been snowboarding at Hudson Bay Mountain since the age of two, on a harness and leash with his parents Jason and Joscelyn. As the owners of Local Supply Company, snowboarding in the mountains was always a family sport, and it sparked a passion in Tosh from an early age. As a member of Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club By the age of 8 Tosh was sponsored by Burton Snowboards when the local sales representative saw the potential for his talent. Tosh was on the podium from an early age, taking medals at local competitions before his first international competition in 2018/2019 Men’s Slopestyle at Canada Olympic Park. In 2019/2020 he competed in three North American Cups, earning a top ten position in the Men’s Big Air. Tosh resides in Pemberton BC and trains with the Whistler Valley Snowboard Club.
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. His home club is Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club, and his favourite discipline is slalom. In his time off, you’ll find him cruising the groomers on Hudson Bay Mountain, or chowing down on roast moose. Liam has competed all over the province, with multiple first place prizes, including: High School Provincials; North Zone Finals Overall; North Zone Under 16; Westerns Dual Team Event Under 16.
Georgia Simmerling made history at Rio 2016 by becoming the first Canadian athlete to compete in a different sport at each of three different Olympic Games. Competing in track cycling’s team pursuit, she helped Canada win its second straight Olympic bronze medal in the event for her first Olympic podium finish. It was just her fourth ever team pursuit race.
Simmerling made her Olympic debut in alpine skiing at Vancouver 2010 before switching over to ski cross in 2011. After proving her potential during summer training camps, she earned a spot on the national ski cross team. In February 2012, she caught an edge during a race and fell, breaking three vertebrae (C7, T2 and T3) in her neck and back. She was in an upper body and neck brace for seven weeks but did not require surgery. She returned to competition in December 2012 and earned her the first World Cup podium of her career later in the month. Simmerling competed at her first ski cross world championships in 2013 and advanced to the 1/8 finals at Sochi 2014. But after breaking her wrist at the world championships in late January 2015, she decided to start her summer Olympic journey. Simmerling had already done a couple of camps with the track cycling development program and knew that she would be a better fit for endurance racing than sprint racing. With plates and screws in her wrist, she started training on her bike within a week of undergoing surgery. She made her UCI World Cup debut as a track cyclist in Hong Kong in January 2016, winning team pursuit gold. She went on to win team pursuit silver at the 2016 UCI World Championships.
Immediately after Rio 2016, Simmerling resumed her ski cross training and returned to the FIS World Cup circuit. She posted two podium finishes in 2016-17 and advanced to the Small Final at the 2017 FIS World Championships. She earned two more World Cup podium finishes in December 2017, bringing her career ski cross total to nine. In January 2018, just days before she would have been named to the Olympic team for PyeongChang 2018, Simmerling crashed during a World Cup race in Nakiska, breaking both of her legs in three places and tearing multiple ligaments, requiring four surgeries. She announced her retirement from ski cross in May 2018, but still wasn’t done with elite sport. By September 2018,
despite not being fully recovered, she was back on her bike. She returned to the track cycling World Cup in January 2019, helping Canada win team pursuit silver in New Zealand.
Currently, Georgia is preparing to compete 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
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