Go by Cat for Perfect Powder
The old saying that one has no friends on a powder day holds true – unless you are cat skiing in the Canadian Rockies. A snowcat can transport 14 skiers and snowboarders up to backcountry ski areas where freshies are almost guaranteed and you only have to share the untracked powder with your small group of 14 friends-for-a-day.
A snowcat is a large tracked vehicle that somewhat resembles a bulldozer and is used at many ski resorts to groom ski runs after hours. These massive machines are designed to reach the highest- altitude runs at ski resorts and can transport skiers and boarders to backcountry areas with secret powder stashes that cannot be reached by lifts. While guests are guided safely down fresh deep powder runs by experienced mountain guides, the snowcat makes its way to the bottom to pick them up and transport them to the next fresh run.
Cat skiing provides a similar experience to heli-skiing at a much lower cost. Another big advantage is the fact that they can run in all types of weather. Helicopters are often grounded during snowstorms, so a snowcat is the best option for visitors who want to lay tracks while the powder is falling.
In Alberta, enjoy cat skiing at Fortress Mountain
and Castle Mountain Resort
. Be warned though – this unique sport can be addictive. Visitors who try it once typically come back for more – and they bring 14 new friends.