All your catskiing questions answered:
Q. Why choose Selkirk Snowcat Skiing?
A. Simply put – we invented cat skiing which means we had our first choice of terrain! Meadow Mountain is acclaimed for its spectacular, varied terrain and incredible annual snowfall. We welcome only 24 guests per week with 15 staff to attend to your every need. Our unique 5 day/6 night package affords 5 full days on the mountain. Your last day is not shortened and you spend the night with us which saves you approximately $300 – $400 in hotel, dinner and breakfast expense.
We run 2 snowcats with a spare cat on standby so you will never miss a day of skiing or riding. Our remote lodge is comfortable, warm and inviting. You will be served delicious, home cooked meals prepared with fresh, local ingredients. Our staff are second to none and many have been with us for many years and take great pride in providing the best possible experience for each of our guests.
We are locally owned and operated by the Osak family who love skiing as much as you do!
Q. Where are you located?
A. We are located in Meadow Creek in the SE corner of BC 100km north of Nelson, BC
Q. How do I get Meadow Creek?
A. Many of our US guests fly into Spokane WA, rent a car and drive to Meadow Creek. Our closest airport is Castlegar, BC and can be accessed via Calgary or Vancouver. There is a shuttle service from Castlegar Airport to Nelson. To book, contact Queen City Shuttle 24 hours ahead. Pick up to and from Nelson is available, with pre-booking, for $100pp each way. Either way, you can drive right to our office in Meadow Creek. We will then transport you up to our lodge by snowcat.
Q. What is included in the cat skiing package?
A. -Five full days of guided backcountry skiing
-Six nights accommodation
-Safety gear including transceiver, radio and one guest pack with shovel and probe.
Please note: Your package does not include rental equipment, alcohol or gratuities.
Q. How do I book?
A. Please contact our office to make a reservation:
Q. Do you have private rooms?
A. Yes. We have 10 single rooms and 7 double rooms. Standard accommodation at Selkirk Snowcat is double-occupancy with 2 piece bath. Private rooms, as well as a limited number of double suites, are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to a modest surcharge. Please contact our office if you would like to reserve one of these rooms.
Q. Do you have to be an expert skier?
A. In order for you to get the most out of the Selkirk experience, we recommend you:
– Be in strong physical shape
– Have skied in advance of your tour (come early and ski Whitewater or Red locally..)
– Be comfortable skiing at minimum, a black diamond resort level
– Have previous off piste experience
– Have prior experience and comfort skiing in trees
(many runs have an alpine component combined with a treed or partially treed portion)
Q. What is your terrain like?
A. Our terrain is as varied as it is spectacular. Any day you can expect to ski wide open high alpine bowls, moderate glades and more aggressive yet skiable trees, and challenging steeps and chutes.
Q. What is the annual snowfall and average temperature?
A. Over 10 metres (400 inches) annual snowfall. Average Feb. daytime
temperature is -6 deg. C (21 deg. F)
Q. How many runs do you average in a day?
A. 9-11 runs per day and approximately 15,000 to 18,000 vertical feet per day.
Q. What is the elevation of the lodge?
A. 1280m (4200’). What is the elevation at the peak? 2580m (8400’).
Q. How can the lodge be contacted?
A. By phone: 1-800-799-3499/250-366-4424, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our lodge can be contacted via our office in the valley. Messages are forwarded daily to the lodge. In the event of an emergency guests can be contacted via radio 24/7.
Q. What kind of certification do your guides have?
A. Our lead and tail guides are fully certified according to the standards set by the Helicat Canada Association. Visit our safety page for more info on our guides and their certification.
Q. Do you provide avalanche safety gear?
A. All of our guests are provided with a digital Barryvox Pulse transceiver and are trained in its use. Besides the avalanche safety gear that our guides carry, we provide each guest with a radio, pack, shovel and probe. Packs are carried by guests every run.
Q: Do you rent skis and snowboards?
A. Yes, we offer a wide range of rental skis appropriate for our snow and terrain.
Q. Are tips included in my tour package price?
A. No, tips have not been included in the package price. Tipping is an accepted practice in the industry.
Q: What is the recommended amount for a gratuity?
A: You have to be comfortable with how much you choose to leave as a gratuity. There is no hard and fast rule. During your stay there are as many as 15 staff looking after your every need and it is very much a team environment. We pool all tips and divide them up among all staff working at the time of your stay. On average, most leave $75 – $100/day.