You’ll find lots of useful information about our cat skiing program below. And, our reservations specialists are always happy to share tips about the most suitable lodging for your group, suggestions on eateries about town, or even what gear is best for conditions. If you don’t see your inquiry in our cat skiing FAQs don’t hesitate to call–we enjoy consulting with our guests! (208) 263-6959 from 7:30AM – 4:30PM PST
We're good skiers, but with limited powder experience. How difficult is the skiing?
Our terrain would generally be considered moderately difficult. Each day, your guide will attempt to select runs that are compatible with the group’s interests. Keep in mind that conditions can change quickly. There are no groomed runs in the backcountry. Sometimes for best conditions we might be skiing in the trees. Terrain choices may vary at any time due to changing snow conditions.
How much vertical will we ski?
We average 8 to 11 runs per day. This typically adds up to over 10,000 vertical feet, but it depends on the ski conditions, as well as the ability of the group. Many groups achieve upwards of 14,000 vertical feet.
When can we go cat skiing?
Our season runs annually from the week before Christmas through early April, conditions permitting
When should we register?
To ensure you get the dates and size of group you want we encourage you to sign up as soon as your dates are established. Someof our guests make their reservations up to a year in advance, so don’t wait too long to contact us.
What is the maximum number of riders in a snowcat?
Our snowcat cabins seat up to 10 skiers/snowboarders plus your tail guide.
Do we need to bring lunch and water?
No. We provide you with lunch, bottled water and snacks. If you have special dietary needs, please contact our Reservations Desk a minimum of 72 hours in advance of your tour, and we will make every effort to accommodate you.
Can we bring packs?
Yes, there is plenty of room in our snowcats for backpacks. It is not practical to bring multiple skis or boards however, because we typically ski your first run from the summit down to an awaiting snowcat.
Does SPG supply us with a lift ticket?
Yes. We provide you with a single ride ticket to our summit lodge.
May we bring our own transceivers?
No. Guests will be issued a transceiver before skiing/riding.
What is the avalanche danger?
Avalanches do occur in alpine environments. However, our experience has been that we see few, if any, natural avalanches in our ski terrain. We issue BCA “Tracker” avalanche beacons to our snowcat skiing guests, and provide basic training in their use. You will watch a safety video before you depart for the slopes. Each group will also be provided with an emergency gear pack. The pack contains a radio, First Aid and basic rescue tools.
We're traveling as a group - some of them are not ready for the backcountry. What can they do?
There are plenty of other activities for your group to enjoy while you’re cat skiing including snowmobiling, skiing the resort, snowshoeing, tubing and zip lining, shopping in Sandpoint, or even sleigh rides. And don’t forget the Schweitzer Mountain Activity Center, a great source for all sorts of information and activities: 208.255.3081
What time do we need to show up?
8:00 AM, at our registration desk in the Lakeview Lodge in Schweitzer Village
Do we need powder skis?
Yes, we strongly recommend them. Use a ski with a minimum width of 100mm under foot. You can bring your own, or rent excellent equipment from Schweitzer Ski and Ride Center (208-255-3070) or the Alpine Shop (208-255-1660)
Does the price include tips?
No. Industry standard tipping is 10-20%, the same as you would for service in a restaurant or similar service industry. At Selkirk Powder, tips are pooled and shared between guides, snowcat drivers and your front desk representative.
What is the Payment Policy?
A 25% non-refundabledeposit is required upon confirmation of your reservation with us. If paying by credit card, please ensure the same credit card is used for both deposit and final payment.
Full payment is due no later than 60 days from your tour date. Failure to pay in a timely manner will result in forfeiture of your reservation and your deposit. Reservations made 59 days or less from tour date are payable in full.
What if we want to make changes to our reservation?
If you need to reschedule your tour during the current season (and we are in receipt of your full payment), you will be charged a $40 administrative fee. We will endeavor to honor new tour dates, but please be aware that any changes are subject to space availability.
What happens if we need to cancel our reservation?
If you must cancel your tour with us and we receive your notice more than 30 days in advance of your scheduled tour date (and we are in receipt of your full payment), you will be credited for a new tour with us for a period of up to 5 years from your original date.
Any cancellations 30 days or less from your scheduled tour date are 100% non-refundable. We encourage our guests to purchase travel insurance through an outside provider.
A Note About Weather: We have no control over Mother Nature. We tour in sun, snow, rain, wind or any combination of interesting weather. It is, after all, an alpine environment. Be prepared, and dress accordingly. We reserve the right to cancel a tour for safety or mechanical reasons, as conditions warrant. In such an instance you will be credited for a new tour with us for a period of up to 5 years from your original date.
Should we buy travel insurance?
If you want to be able to cancel your cat skiing reservation and be reimbursed for the expense, say the snow conditions are not to your satisfaction, we strongly recommend you purchase additional travel insurance like iTravelInsured LX with “Cancel For Any Reason” coverage from International Medical Group (IMG).
The iTravelInsured LX plan is specifically designed for luxury and adventure trips to exotic locations.
For this reason, the plan includes adventure sports and activities as covered reasons for emergency medical care. This can help to provide emergency medical coverage to you if injured while participating in an adventure activity. It’s excellent coverage for travelers participating in extreme skiing or mountaineering; be sure to read the full certificate for the full list of included and excluded sports and activities.
In addition to traditional trip cancellation and trip interruption coverage, the LX plan offers Cancellation for Any Reason and Interruption for Any Reason coverage for all travelers who purchase this plan within the first 20 days of their initial trip payment. This coverage will help to reimburse you up to 75% of the total trip cost if your trip must be cancelled or interrupted for any reason at all.We recommend travel insurance policies with “Cancel For Any Reason” coverage for peace of mind and reducing your exposure should you want to cancel or become ill.