ABOUT CAT SKIING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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.
|Region Name||British Columbia|
|Region State||British Columbia|
|Region City||Meadow Creek|
|Closest Resort||Meadow Mountain Lodge|
|Optional Resort||Powder Hounds|
|Optional Resort||Cariboo Snowcat Skiing & Tours|
|Acres (sq. miles)||12,000|
|Annual Snowfall (inches)||600|
|Snow Type||Dry, Unpacked Powder|
|Mountain Range||Selkirk Mountains|
|Runs per Day||No Limit|
|Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run||Not Predetermined|
|Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day||15,000 - 18,000|
|Apprx. Cost per Day per Person||$832 - $1,259|
|Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat||$9,984 – 12 people|
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT CAT SKIING IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
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 +
HOW TO GET TO BRITISH COLUMBIA
|Airport Name||Airport Code||Miles to Region|
|Kaslo Airport||N/A||26 mi|
|Nelson Airport||CZNL||67 mi|
|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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