New sign and fresh pow in Junuary 2016!
We were cruising back from some work in the backcountry the other day when we passed the turn off to BC's newest catskiing operator Keefer Lake Catskiing. They've installed a shiny new sign on the side of the highway so of course we had to stop and take a selfie!
This must be a "good sign" because a few days later is dumped a good amount of Junaury snow on the local mountains.
Check out Keefer Lake Catskiing for some catskiing goodness at: www.keeferlakelodge.com
We love skiing one you Earth
Today is the day we celebrate our home planet and bring awareness to taking care of this rock we call home. Us skiers have a different perspective on the planet and the environment. While there are lots of theories and politics on what is happening with the climate, there is no doubt that we must be better stewards of where we live. We think that if more people got out into the backcountry and experienced the wild, they would have more awareness of taking care.
So get outside, enjoy the day and Happy Earth Day 2016!
Some more epic BC Pow gracing the cover of Snow Magazine
It must have been some epic pow that December trip to White Grizzly Catskiing because this is our second cover from that trip! This one is of skier Todd Avison shot but our resident photographer Geoff Holman. We couldn't be more stoked to see our work gracing the cover of another magazine.
Spring skiing in the sun at BC's newest catskiing operation
We had the opportunity to get out and explore the new terrain that is now being offered at Keefer Lake Catskiing. Located just a short drive East of Vernon, British Columbia, and only a 2 hour drive the Kelowna International airport, it is easy to get to and sure to be attracting attention....
We are stoked to get another cover for our photographer Geoff Holman!
We made the cover of Ski Magazine! Our photographer Geoff Holman and skier Todd Avison grace the cover of the February 2016 cover. This particular photo was taken on a late March trip to Valhalla Powdercats just outside of Nelson BC. We have had some of our most epic skiing at Valhalla and this trip was no exception. One of the main differences though was that we were there in late season. Normally our visits to Valhalla occur in January when the days are darker and the snow is pounding on a daily basis. When you are up high and in a climate zone like Valhalla the snow stays fresh while the skies stay clear more often.
When Ski Magazine was looking for a "Spring" image, we had just the collection to show them. We want the skiers of the world to know that not all Spring skiing is Snik infused, goggle tan, patio drinking days (although those are nice!). Come to our neck of the woods in Canada and enjoy some Spring pow at Valhalla Powdercats.
We are pumped to get the cover and even more excited that the name of Valhalla Powdercats is getting in front of the eyeballs of skiers all over North America. Oh, and we love the title of this edition....Your Endless Winter.
Handmade in Vernon BC
We stopped by the Skevik Skis workshop the other day to pick up our new pair of Anton 112's and saw these beauties sitting there. It is a custom graphic edition of the Anton made specially for Keefer Lake Catskiing. This is a perfect match really. Skevik Skis are handmade in Vernon BC and Keefer Lake Catskiing is just 1.5 hours down the valley. Skis made for the mountains in this area of BC.
Check out that graphic too. Skevik is known for their artistic topsheets and this one fits the bill. Nice work guys. We know Keefer Lake will love em as much as we do!
Keefer Lake Catskiing
Experiencing team spirit in the backcountry
There is something about this pic that encapsulates the vibe of skiing with Big Red Cats. Kieren, owner and lead guide, believes that catskiing is a team sport. When I first heard him explain this is was foreign having grown up skiing and competing it always felt like I was the only on on the team. Fast forward a few years to the phase of my life that includes a fair amount of catskiing and Kieren's remarks begin to take hold on me.
The spirit when skiing with Big Red Cats is to be out exploring terrain and getting powder, but it is more than that. Kieren has instilled this philosophy of skiing as a group and cheering each other on. Watching the next guy's line, getting pumped when someone pushes themselves, helping out after a crash, that sort of thing. The BRC style is the exact opposite of "No friends on a powder day".
We got in on some early season El Nino snow mid-December at Big Red Cats. The BC Interior was blessed with ample early snow which was a well deserved gift considering the bleak conditions from the previous season.Big Red Cats toughed it out and was ready for some payback from Mothernature and her unpredictable sidekick El Nino.
Big Red Cats was experiencing one of the strongest openings in years and stability was of the charts stable. This enable the team to get into some interesting and more sporty terrain than some of our previous visits. In fact, we saw a whole new side to Big Red. We skied chutes, steeps, drops, tight and steep trees, deep pow...you name it, we skied it. It also helped that we had sunshine rolling in and out all day. Sun and pow in early December. Incredible.
We skied fresh powder under sunny skies for two days with the BRC team and the group from Freeride Media. It was an epic way to kick off the season. We were even treated to a fine mountain side meal at Big Red Cats restaurant Fresh Cafe and Apres. Delicious food and a great environment to get fueled up for the day and wind down afterwards.
Having skied with Big Red Cats since they opened I have to say, this may have been my most favorite trip. The conditions were exceptional and we got to ski some cool zones. But what I think sunk in the most was this team thing. Kieren is on to something and is shows in all the positive feedback they get and the repeat clients that come back year after year. So if you are looking for a confortable backcountry experience filled with good times and a team environment, check out Big Red Cats. They will do their best to make your day as memorable as possible.
A few pics from the adventure...
Words by: Todd Avison
Photos by: Geoff Holman
Christmas came early for us skiers and boarders in BC
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and all the best pow lines in the New Year! The 2016 season is shaping up to be one for the record books. If you have a trip planned, have an incredible time...if not, make it a New Year's Resolution and get after it!
Save big on deep powder skiing before Christmas. Just $299 (around $215 USD) for standby seats. Photo was taken this week! and snow continues to fall in the Kootenays.
Check out BIG RED CATS.