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Justin 04-07-2012 04:23 PM

Big Red Cats
I got to go cat boarding for the first time 2 weeks ago. Went with a company called big red cats in Rossland BC.

We got in 11 runs i think. They say between 6 and 16 is normal. I think if the snow was a bit more stable we would have gotten more in but we had to go one at a time often.

Conditions would have been better earlier in the year as it warmed up 12+ degrees through the day and we were pretty much on north facing slopes only and in the trees after the temps climbed.

In the afternoon the snow felt like it was carpet and there were some great bails because of it.

Our group rented the whole cat so we didn't have to have weak riders with us and i think this would be a good idea if possible when catting. They evaluate the group for the first couple of runs and then terrain is dictated by those runs.

The guides were great and cautious. Holding us to one person at a time when needed but we never had any problems.

atr3yu 04-07-2012 04:45 PM

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Wow man that looked like an epic great time. Rossland is only like an 1 hr ish from where I live so it was nice to see local terrain. No offense but I was happy to see you guys falling now and then as I am hopefully getting a few free days up at Bald Face and didn't want to feel like the jack ass that fell down a few times. Anyways, thanks a lot for sharing! I loved it!

Justin 04-07-2012 04:57 PM

ya it was a lot of fun.

Don't worry about falling, everyone does.

Is bald face heli or cat?

atr3yu 04-07-2012 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Justin (Post 501211)
ya it was a lot of fun.

Don't worry about falling, everyone does.

Is bald face heli or cat?

Bald Face is heli access to the lodge, then cat from there. My boss went for a few days this year and said it was the best few days of his life. I really hope I can get up there next year! Bald Face

Justin 04-07-2012 07:39 PM

ya that would be wicked.

The riding wasn't super different then riding at a good resort but it was like the best runs of your life but every run. The conditions were amazing every run.

killclimbz 04-07-2012 08:50 PM

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Embeded the video for you.

Looks like a good time to me. Cat Skiing is a nice luxury and it's also nice to not have to carry as much gear as you do as say if you are going splitboarding for the day. Plus you don't have to burn your quads up and down. Though I like doing that, but it's not for every one.

Bald Face cat skiing looks amazing. So does the Monashees.

Justin 04-07-2012 09:20 PM

thx for embedding.

Luxury is right lol, i think we got a pretty good deal and it was still around the $200 dollar mark. I bought a split a little while ago so i hope to get more good days in the back country next year.

Argo 04-07-2012 09:26 PM

$200/day? That's pretty good

Justin 04-07-2012 09:41 PM

i think it was closer to $250 not %100 sure. I think the guy that organized it got us a discount.

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