Cat Skiing in British Columbia


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Cat skiing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in British Columbia. To enjoy this sport to the fullest, cat skiers head to Nelson, home to the Meadow Mountain cat skiing lodge.

Nelson is a small ski resort town close to the Canada-U.S. border. Nestled in the Selkirk Mountains along Kootenay Lake, Nelson is famous for its eclectic small town vibe as well as it numerous cafes, coffee houses, art galleries, and restaurants.

Accessible only by snowcat, cat skiers are encouraged to show up to the lodge the day before their scheduled cat skiing excursions. Guests of the lodge are instructed to meet at Meadow Creek at 4:00 p.m. the day of their arrival. They are then taken in two groups of no more than 12 people to the lodge where they check in with their luggage, at the 4,200 feet mark in the Selkirk Mountains.

Nelson receives more than 600 inches of fresh powder snow each year with the bulk of that snow falling at the rate of 20+ inches during December and January. This amount of powder snow particularly benefits the Meadow Mountain cat skiing resort, which welcomes thousands of international and domestic skiers each year.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region Name British Columbia
Region State British Columbia
Region City Meadow Creek
Region Country Canada
Closest Resort Meadow Mountain Lodge
Optional Resort Powder Hounds
Optional Resort Cariboo Snowcat Skiing & Tours

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles) 12,000
Skill Level Advanced
Annual Snowfall (inches) 600
Snow Type Dry, Unpacked Powder
Mountain Range Selkirk Mountains
Elevation (feet) 11,545
Tour Details
Runs per Day No Limit
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run Not Predetermined
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day 15,000 - 18,000
Rentals Available Yes
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person $832 - $1,259
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat $9,984 – 12 people


Cat skiing gets started each day during the season at 8:30 in the morning and continues until 4:00 that afternoon. All guests of the lodge are given a brief rundown of safety practices before being taken by snowcat to the top of the runs.
Skiers and guides break for lunch, consisting of homemade sandwiches, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a home baked dessert.

The final run of the day is a 4,200 foot descent from summit to the front deck of the lodge. There, guests are treated to a roaring fire, appetizers, music, and drinks. In total, cat skiers can expect to ski anywhere from 15,000 to 18,000 vertical feet of dry unpacked powder snow each day. We put emphasis on having fun and forging friendships with fellow cat skiers.

When they are not cat skiing, guests of the lodge are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous amenities that are offered. Some of these perks include a retail shop for buying Meadow Mountain lodge memorabilia and gear, an outdoor covered hot tub, an indoor wood-fired sauna, a morning stretch class, massage therapy, a quiet room for reading or relaxing, and a drying room for wet gear.

Skiers have several different options for getting to Nelson and its nearby mountain cat skiing lodge. They can fly into the Canadian Rockies International Airport in Cranbrook where they can rent a car and drive the 229 miles west to Nelson. Another option would be to take a flight into the Kelowana International Airport in Kelowana. There, rentals are available for the 346 mile drive east to Nelson.

Finally, skiers can fly into Spokane International Airport in Washington State. They then can drive three hours directly north across the Canadian border to Meadow Mountain Lodge in Nelson, British Columbia. The following table lays out a couple of other choices when making arrangements to Nelson.

  • FULL DAY (8:30AM – 4:00PM)

    Includes a lunch of sandwiches, fruits & vegetables, and dessert

    $832 - $1,259
  • PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 12 people)

    Includes a lunch of sandwiches, fruits & vegetables, and dessert.

    $9,984 +


Closest Airport
Airport Name Airport Code Miles to Region
Kaslo Airport N/A 26 mi
Nelson Airport CZNL 67 mi
Distance From
Airport City State Code Miles Time Stops
Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles CA LAX 1397 6h 23m 1
O'Hare International Airport Chicago IL ORD 1892 17h 52m 1
John F. Kennedy International Airport New York NY JFK 2717 15h 38m 1
San Francisco International Airport San Francisco CA SFO 1075 4h 53m 1
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport Seattle/Tacoma WA SEA 473 3h 38m 1
Newark Liberty International Airport New York/Newark/New Jersey NJ EWR 2691 19h 18m* 1*
Logan International Airport Boston MA BOS 2887 18h 2m 2
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis/St. Paul MN MSP 1513 9h 23m 2
Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia PA PHL 2672 10h 23m 2
LaGuardia Airport New York NY LGA 2706 17h 48m 2
Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C. VA IAD 2598 16h 37m 2
San Diego International Airport San Diego CA SAN 1491 6h 48m 1
Midway International Airport Chicago IL MDW 1919 n/a Direct
Portland International Airport Portland OR PDX 542 6h 23m 1


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