Simply The Finest Cat Skiing In America
Nowhere else in North America do easy access, the amenities of a full service resort, and awesome cat skiing intersect so perfectly. There’s no need to camp out in remote lodges for days on end, because Selkirk Powder’s vast backcountry terrain is adjacent to Schweitzer Mountain Resort. Now you can come up to ski powder for the day, or stay for many more to experience a rich variety of skiing that you just won’t be able to get enough of–because it’s so huge and fun to play in!
Fun fact: Selkirk Powder’s cat skiing terrain alone would rank 6th in size overall when compared with North American Ski Resorts by acreage.
Some other quick facts:
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
Terrain: 4,350 acres of dedicated cat skiing terrain, an area larger than most ski resorts in North America. Powder fields, pillow lines, cornices, chutes, cliffs, and some of the finest hand-cut and natural tree runs in North America. Slopes range from gentle cruisers to 40 degrees.
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
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″ during an average season, with a stable 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
Private Cat Charters
Here’s What A Typical Cat Skiing Day Looks Like:
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 6 hours of powder skiing, we’ll return to our Summit Operations Center. Your final hoorah will be a run down one of the Schweitzer ski trails to our village-based reception area. After checking back in and returning your beacon and swapping stories of epic powder turns with your new friends, you can opt to hoist a glass of your favorite beverage at one of five village bars, unwind in the hot tub of your hotel or condo, or head straight back to your car in the lot.