Cat and Heli Skiing

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Cat and Heli Skiing

Backcountry Skiing Adventures

Skiers standing next to cat-ski on mountaintop near Nelson, BC.Our deep snow and steep vertical attracts pro skiers, snowboarders, heli-skiiers and ski-touring fanatics from around the world. We have more Cat Ski operations here than anywhere else—appropriate because cat skiing was born here in 1975 with Selkirk Wilderness Skiing (now Selkirk Snowcat Skiing).

From the easily-accessed peaks outside the Whitewater ski area, to the remote alpine bowls of Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park, to the mystic Monashees and rugged Selkirk mountain ranges, adventure awaits.


Access incredible scenery and virgin powder through heli-skiing with Stellar Heli Skiing or Snowwater Heli Skiing. Experienced guides can take you on everything from long powder descents to slalom runs through old-growth tree glades. They also offer training and avalanche checks to help ensure your adventures are safe.

Cat Ski Capital of the World badge, for Nelson and Kootenay Lake.Cat-Skiing Near Nelson and Kaslo

As the Cat Ski Capital of the World, the region offers incredible snowcat-accessible terrain, serving up wide bowls, 360-degree vistas, and day-long vertical drops of up to 18,000 ft or more.

Operators include:

  • Baldface, host of the Red Bull Supernatural event
  • Retallack, one of the first operators to gain the exclusive 4-Key Green Key rating for environmental sustainability
  • Selkirk Wilderness Skiing, where it all began
  • White Grizzly, where you will experience an intimate adventure with well trained guides and diverse terrain.

Baldface Lodge

Baldface Lodge

With over 32,000 acres of skiable terrain, open bowls, peaks, perfectly spaced trees and 500+ inches of snow - you never have to worry about competing for fresh tracks. 


Retallack — Cat skiing in the Kootenays

Retallack is a remote mountain wilderness that prides itself on “being in the right place.” For cat-skiing or mountain biking you'll want to check us out!

Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

Catskiing (the industry!) started here at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing in 1975. Today, we still have the best snow and terrain anywhere.

White Grizzly Cat Skiing

White Grizzly Cat Skiing

Steep treed snowcat skiing for experienced powder enthusiasts. Based in the Selkirk Mountains of Meadow Creek, BC; the birthplace of cat skiing.

Stellar Heliskiing

Stellar Heli skiing

Stellar Heliskiing specializes in total satisfaction for both expert and intermediate skiers who want to ski the Kootenay’s legendary peaks and majestic glaciers. 

Snowwater Heli Skiing

Snowwater Heli Skiing

We operate in three separate mountain ranges and have never run out of fresh snow yet. Remember, only 3 groups of 4 guests a day means volumes of light, Kootenay powder.



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