If you have been watching the weather at all, you know that BC has been getting hammered this early season. With a good base from early December snow, Valhalla Powdercats was primed for a good dump. And DUMP it did! With 80cms falling in just a couple of days, conditions were primo. Fortunately, the crew from Peak Travels was able to go and test it out for all of us. This video is evidence of the epicness.
The big man delivered deep pow and blue skies!
Kieren and Paula, owners of Big Red Catskiing in Rossland BC must have been extra good this year because Santa delivered big time. With massive amounts of early season snow, the crew from Peak Travels arrived and showcased the goods that were left under all those Christmas trees.
WARNING: if you have powder fever, don't watch!
The folks at Valhalla Powdercats are definitely on the Nice List!
Tis the week before Christmas and there is much powder to shred
Mom's and Dad's down in the valley doing the shopping they dread
Meanwhile Santa was up at Valhalla Powdercats
Showing us where the snow was at
"Don't fret about the busy-ness of the holiday" he said
"Grab your skis or boards and get some turns instead!"
All the little boys and girls at VPC have been getting ready
For you and your friends, every ski bum and boarder Betty
It doesn't matter if you've been naughty or nice,
Come to Valhalla and ski some pow, Santa's best advice!
We agree! The season is off to an incredible start. Get more info here >>>
Santa slashing from fresh Kootenay Pow!
Santa doesn't always need his reindeer to get airborne...
Naughty or nice?
Santa's new sled perhaps....
All photos by Geoff Holman
Nick McNutt and friends session a massive booter!
Island Lake Catskiing seems to be a mecca of sorts. A place where the current pros of the day go to check out and see what the allure is to all the skiers and boarders of years gone by. First it was Scot Schmit and Craig Kelly. Today it is the likes of Nick McNutt, Tim Durtschi, Dane Tudor and Dash Longe.
They all come up to Island Lake for some reason or another. In this edit it is to session a massive booter against the backdrop of the jagged peaks of the Lizard Range. There is one common thread between all the pros and all the years: they are always taken by the magestic setting Island Lake is found in. The peaks, the snow, the lodge, the lake. It is all astounding. Pro or not, who wouldn't want to come here.
3 Pisten Bully 600's covered in snow....cue heartbeat rising!
It is that time of year. The time where it is snowing in the mountains, new ski edits are released daily, climate scientists are predicting weather patterns and the stoke and anticipation is at an all time high. And then we see pictures like this. Three glorious machines covered in a blanket of the white gold we all covet.
Soon my friends. Soon.
Photo: K3 Catskiing Facebook
Here is a great article written by Jonathan Desabris from Teton Gravity Research. It really dives into the story of how Baldface Lodge came about and why it has become the mecca of snowboarding world wide. From it's humble beginnings, the influence of Craig Kelly to the birth of Travis Rice's Supernatural event. If you ride a board, Baldface should be on your radar.
Check it out: Baldface - The temple of snowboarding
Henrik Windstedt, Dave Treadway and Matilda Rapaport sample some epic Kootenay powder!
The winter of 2016 is one to remember when it comes to skiing in the Kootenays. After a 2015 season that everyone wants to forget, 2016 came back and totally redeemed winter for us! Fortunately, Henrik Windstedt, Dave Treadway and Matilda Rapaport planned a trip to the heart of powder country for a what looks like an epic trip.
The first half of this video features Valhalla Powdercats. One of the staples of the catskiing world here in BC. Using the latest drone tech combined with some beautiful and effortless skiers makes for some mouth watering viewing.
After a few days of endless powder at Valhalla, they moved a little north up the valley to Kaslo BC - home of Stellar Heliskiing. More snow and sun followed them there. You can really get a sense of the skiers appreciation for the mountains and nature in this part of the world.
Henrick, Dave and Matilda put together an amazing video with the Kootenay region as their co-star. Sadly, the world lost Matilda too soon in an avalanche this summer in Chile. She left a hole in the skiing world but has certainly left her mark as one of skiings best. As the film says, she will be forever missed.
Enjoy this featurette. Get stoked and remember that we are here for such a short while. Enjoy it to the fullest.
Steep, deep, rowdy, and free to stream online
It's out live now and you can view it for free online! After 2 years of production and a few teasers thrown our way, Tanner Hall's Ring the Alarm is out for your viewing pleasure. Filmed in locstions like Haines, Lake Tahoe, Mt. Hood, Detroit, Park City, Nelson & Squamish it is a rowdy mix of everything skiing. It really shows off Tanner's versatility as one of the most innovative skiers out there.
You will also see some snipits from one of Tanner's favofrtie places, Retallack Catskiing. So sit back, grab a cold one and enjoy.
Click here to watch Ring the Alarm
A Story of weather, powder, terrain, inspiration and pushing your limits.
Following up on their hugely successful Balance of Powder film, Island Lake Lodge Catskiing is back with their latest feature film: Winter of Our Content. It is a story of the allure of powder, the power of natures storms, and the joy of skiing the wild backcountry. Island Lake is one of the pioneers of catskiing. It is a place that should be on your bucket list... if you haven't been already. If you haven't, this video should be enough to get you to prioritize your life, call your buds and book your trip.
Watch for the powder shot at 3:08 in the film. So sick...
Enjoy - Winter of Our Content