​​Fresh mountain air, incredible breathtaking scenery, and the best powder anywhere – that’s cat skiing in Canada!

Cat skiing, also known as snowcat skiing, is a unique way to experience backcountry skiing and snowboarding. While experiencing some of the best powder skiing on the planet! 

Outdoor adventurers are simply drawn to skiing in the BC backcountry. And it’s no wonder, given the magic and majesty of the breathtaking scenery and pristine wilderness that British Columbia offers. Skiing fresh backcountry powder provides a unique and thrilling experience that is hard to replicate on groomed runs at a resort, no matter how beautiful or well-maintained. 

Getting into the backcountry to ski and snowboard is a chance to explore remote areas and experience the peace and quiet of the alpine wilderness. It allows for greater freedom and flexibility, with no lift lines or in-bounds restrictions to follow. Skiing and snowboarding BC’s backcountry powder is a chance to challenge yourself and improve your skills in one of the most exhilarating and beautiful environments.

The origins of cat skiing

best cat skiing in BC with fresh powder all winter

While it may seem like a relatively new sport, cat skiing has a fascinating history in Canada, beginning in the late 1970s. Since then, it’s allowed untold numbers of enthusiastic and eager skiers and snowboarders trips of a lifetime, enjoying the very best of the Canadian backcountry.

Cat skiing was first developed as a way to access remote backcountry skiing areas that were inaccessible by foot or ski lift. The concept involves using a snowcat, a tracked vehicle similar to a bulldozer, to transport skiers and snowboarders to the top of a mountain.

The first cat skiing operation in Canada was established in 1975 by Selkirk Wilderness Skiing in the Kootenay Mountains of British Columbia. The company used snowcats to transport skiers to remote mountain areas, where they could enjoy untracked powder runs.

As the popularity of the sport grew, more companies started offering the service, making it a very popular way to experience the thrill of untouched, pristine backcountry powder. Today, cat skiing is a popular activity in many areas of Canada, including British Columbia, Alberta, and Quebec.

White Grizzly

Team photo of cat skiing guides at white grizzly in front of the cat ski

One of the most renowned cat skiing operations in Canada is White Grizzly Cat Skiing, nestled here in the breathtaking Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia. As one of the oldest cat skiing operations in the world, we’ve been delivering authentic mountain experiences at our private mountain playground since 1998.

Offering unforgettable ski trips, we have access to over 15,000 acres of terrain. White Grizzly ski experiences include alpine bowls, steep chutes, and glades. Our team is comprised of an expert crew of experienced guides, excited each and every day about leading groups of skiers and snowboarders on unforgettable adventures in the backcountry.

Ski trips with White Grizzly

Our ski trips offer an incredible experience that combines the thrill of backcountry skiing with the comfort of a cozy lodge. We have a range of packages, from day trips to multi-day expeditions, to suit all skill levels and preferences.

Our ski trips typically start with a safety briefing and equipment check before heading out on the snowcat to explore the backcountry. The snowcats are equipped with comfortable seats and heaters to ensure that you stay warm and comfortable during the ride.

Once you reach the top of the mountain, the guides will lead you on a series of powder runs through the untouched snow. The terrain is varied, with options for both advanced and intermediate skiers and snowboarders.

At the end of the day, you’ll return to the cozy lodge for a well-deserved hot meal and a chance to relax by the fire. The lodge is fully equipped with modern amenities, including a sauna and hot tub, to help you unwind after a day of skiing.

The future

Cat skiing has come a long way since its origins in the 1970s, and the sport continues to evolve. Advances in technology, such as improved snowcats and safety equipment, have made it safer and more accessible than ever before.

In recent years, there has been a growing interest in sustainable and eco-friendly skiing practices. Many cat skiing operations, including White Grizzly Cat Skiing, have implemented sustainable practices to reduce the impact on the environment.