Nowhere else in North America does awesome cat skiing, the amenities of a full service ski resort, and easy access intersect so perfectly. There’s no need to commit to far flung backcountry lodges for multiple days because Selkirk Powder’s vast backcountry terrain is adjacent to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Now you can come up cat skiing just for the day, or stay for many more to experience a rich variety of skiing, both on and off-piste, that you just won’t be able to get enough of!
Fun fact: Selkirk Powder’s cat skiing terrain ranks 6th overall by acreage when compared with all North American Ski Resorts, and we only let in up to 20 skiers and riders per day!
Cat Skiing Facts:
Terrain: 4,350 acres of dedicated cat skiing terrain chock full of powder fields, pillow lines, cornices, chutes, cliffs, and some of the finest hand-cut glades and natural tree runs in North America. Slopes range from gentle cruisers to 40 degrees.
Snowpack: Reliable and consistent. We draw moisture from the north and south, so we’re usually in the path of storm systems all season long. That equates to over 300″/25’/10m during an average season, with a predictable snowpack averaging about 120+ inches in depth holding from February thru April (measured at 6350′)
Safety: Selkirk Powder is a licensed Level II Alpine Ski Outfitter, and also operates as its own professional division of National Ski Patrol. Our guides are seasoned and well trained, balancing safe skiing and snowboarding with maximum fun
Snowcats: We operate powerful Pisten Bully snowcats, with custom-built “in-the-round” seating cabins designed to accommodate up to 10 riders comfortably. Cabins are heated, vented, have wireless speakers and comfortable, padded seats
Location: The West facing bowls just off the “back side” of Schweitzer Mountain Resort, above Sandpoint, Idaho, just over an hour’s drive from Spokane International Airport. Guest reception area in the village, and operations lodge on the summit
0800 AM Register at our desk in Schweitzer Mountain’s Lakeview Lodge. You’ll complete registration documents and be fitted for an avalanche beacon, then watch a safety video and receive your complimentary lift pass for the ride up to our Operations Center on the summit
0900 AM As you offload from the lift you’ll be met by your guide and led towards our Summit Operations Center to complete your safety briefing and gear check. Now you’re ready to drop into the backcountry for skiing and riding fun! Our snowcat will be waiting for you at the bottom of your first run, warmed up and ready to whisk you back up for more powder cat skiing. We’ll provide specially prepared lunches and drinks to keep the fun going.
3:00 to 3:30 PM After about six hours of cat skiing, we’ll return to our Summit Operations Center. Your victory lap will be to ski down one of the resort’s trails on the front side to our village-based reception area. After checking back in and returning your beacon, you can opt to head straight back to your car for a quick ride home, perhaps wind down in the hot tub of your hotel or condo, or hoist a glass of your favorite beverage and swap stories of epic powder turns with your new friends at one of Schweitzer’s Village pubs.