The Selkirks, a sub-range of the Columbia Mountain system, span from Sandpoint to Revelstoke and are probably the most famous ski range in North America. Parked laterally to the Pacific jet stream, the Selkirk Range defines orographic lift. To say the snowpack is deep is an understatement. Accumulation really starts to develop in November–December, and all the way through April–May, we’re consistently blanketed with fresh powder snow.
Our cat skiing terrain, which is separate and distinct from heli operations, lies behind Schweitzer Basin and rides on 4,350 acres. We groom a 6½ mi summit ridge road, and from it we drop into an amphitheater-like layout of three distinct bowls divided into 8 riding zones and 78 runs. Vertical drops range from 2,200 to 1,000 ft. Large cornices, big boulders, and well-dispersed natural terrain features lend to some great airtime while our timbered and wildfire-affected slopes make for thrilling-yet-comfortable powder runs from top to bottom.
Our helicopter terrain lies north of snowcat operations. This separate permit puts us on peaks a little taller and all together badder. Steep alpine cirque bowls, huge snowfields, along with a great mix of mellow to steeeeep coniferous forest provide the playfield.
We ski a large portion of the famous Sundance Forest Fire. This terrain provides a magical combination of relatively safe snow conditions and lots of steep, challenging skiing and riding. We are fortunate this vast swath of the Selkirks additionally offers many areas that allow novice skiers to ski and ride in comfort.