Cat skiing began in BC over 30 years ago when a couple from Meadow Creek, BC realized that ski resort grooming machines (snowcats) could also access the backcountry for skiing. More skiers could participate by adding a passenger cab to the snowcat. Development of snow roads, combined with the snowcats, create cat skiing! Building begins once there is enough snow, and requires nighttime temperatures that are cold enough to stabilize the road. A steady pushing of snow and time to freeze results in a snow road. Road building usually begins in late-November or early-December to ensure they are ready for season startup.

Snow roads are designed to minimize turnaround times and maximize skiing time. Drop-off and pick-up points are strategically identified so skiers are never left standing around waiting for the cat.

Snowcats are powerful machines but snow conditions and the weather always dictate when and where we can ski.

As health and safety is always a priority, the snowcats are equipped with safety gear. The rescue and safety equipment is kept on the top of the snowcat passenger cab. The guides and a few guests carry shovels and probes in their back pack, and oxygen and a defibrillator are carried in the driver’s cab of the snowcat. Skeena provides transceivers for our guests, a lesson on how to use them and how to probe and assist in a rescue.







Cat skiing is comparable to heli-skiing:  It is done in the remote undeveloped back country of British Columbia where powder snow abounds.    Some cat skiing operations are small in size and only at treeline and below.   Skeena is one of the few cat skiing companies that operate on big alpine terrain.   Cat skiing also costs less, and you can ski every day regardless of weather. Similar to heli-skiing, the skiers are led by a certified ski guide and followed by a certified tail guide. There is no vertical guarantee, as with heli-skiing, but you can expect to ski between 12,000 feet to 15,000 feet (3,600 meters to 4,600 meters) per day.  At Skeena will make every effort to give you as much skiing as possible each day.

If you’re interested in a heli-ski adventure, check out our sister company Skeena Heliskiing, operating in an adjacent tenure.



Our BC cat skiing season runs late December to late March. CLICK HERE to check availability for the upcoming season, or click below if you’re ready to book now. We look forward to hosting you!