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Cat Ski Capital


The deep powder and terrain in the Nelson and Kootenay Lake region is home to five local cat ski operators: Baldface, Selkirk Snowcat Skiing, Retallack, White Grizzly and Valhalla Powder Cats. Together, they have earned us the designation as the Cat Ski Capital of the World.

You can ski their powdery terrain and carve fresh lines with each turn from December to April. Enjoy your private cat, decadent dining, and comfortable accommodations up at the lodges on the mountains or in the nearby towns. Does it sound a bit like heaven? It is.

  • 97,000 acres of terrain
  • 4 metres (13 ft) of snowfall annually
  • 2500 metre (8200 ft) elevation at the peaks
  • 5500 square km area
  • 14 cats daily – each holds up to 12 people
  • Terrain varies from open bowls to perfectly spaced trees, steep powdery chutes, boulder gardens, uninterrupted fall lines and high peaks with glorious views
  • You will ski 12,000 to 20,000 vertical feet per day (3658 to 6096 metres)
  • Stay 1 day to 8 days, or longer if you choose – length of stay varies with each cat ski company
  • Cat Skiing originated here at Selkirk Wilderness Skiing in 1975 by Allan and Brenda Drury (now known as Selkirk Snowcat Skiing)
  • Warm up the legs a day or two before cat skiing at Whitewater Ski Resort (1184 acres), just 20 minutes from Nelson
  • Spend a couple days of heli skiing at Stellar (80,000 acres) or Snowwater (150,000 acres), with an additional 152,000 acres of powder to play in
  • Accommodation is available in Nelson, Ainsworth Hot Springs, Kaslo and Meadow Creek
  • We are also recognized as the Best Ski Town in North America 



Baldface Lodge

Baldface Lodge — Cat Skiing in the Kootenays.

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.” We are renowned for our consistent deep powder snow and steep terrain

Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

We offer 3 and 5 day deep powder snowcat skiing and snowboarding packages. These include accommodation at our high mountain lodge with all meals, and guide service. 

White Grizzly

White Grizzly

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



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