Cat Skiing in Montana


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The Revelstoke, Montana area is home to some of the best cat skiing terrain in the country. Thousands of skiers visit each year to try their hand at cat skiing in the Bad Shot Mountain Range of the Selkirks.

This part of Montana receives on average 600 inches of snow each year, making it an amazing spot for extreme cat skiing. The terrain here features impressively steep chutes, spread over wide open mountain faces, and powder-filled bowls. Skiers who come here find some of the best turns and deepest powder in the country.

To accommodate the influx of cat skiers to the mountains each year, Great Northern has invested in four snow cats to take skiers to the top of two mountains they will ski on exclusively. The snow cats are Pisten Bullies and include a 600, 400 Edge, and two 300’s named Delta and Beta. The variety of snow cats can accommodate either multi-day or single day skiers.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region Name Montana
Region State British Columbia/Montana
Region City Revelstoke
Region Country Canada
Closest Resort Great Northern Snow Cat Skiing
Optional Resort Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Optional Resort K3 Cat Ski

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles) 12,000
Skill Level All Skill Levels
Annual Snowfall (inches) 500
Snow Type Deep Powder
Mountain Range Selkirk Mountains
Elevation (feet) 11,545
Tour Details
Runs per Day No Limit
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run N/A
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day 12,000 - 15,000
Rentals Available Yes
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person $983 - $1,119
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat N/A


Rides in a snow cat to the summit typically take around 15 to 20 minutes. During the time, cat skiers can warm up, enjoy a homemade snack, and share powder stories with their fellow skiers. They never have to worry about loading or unloading their gear. This task is handled by the resort’s staff.

Every cat skiing party is paired with at least two experienced and certified guides. The guides are certified and trained in avalanche and backcountry safety. They are also professional members of the avalanche association.

Before heading out to the backcountry for a day of cat skiing, skiers are required to sign a liability waiver. They are given a comprehensive rundown of avalanche and backcountry safety and given safety gear to use like trans-receivers, backpacks, probes, and shovels. Skiers are also briefed on the weather and avalanche conditions.

People coming to Montana for cat skiing are advised to bring along safety gear of their own. These items should include layers of clothing to wear outdoors, goggles, anti-fog spray, bib, snow pants, snow or ski boots, jackets with powder skirts, skis and poles, a helmet, and at least two pairs of gloves or mittens. Skiers should bring the appropriate attire if they plan on using the sauna.

When they are not out on the mountain, guests can relax and warm up at their lodge. Lodge accommodations include a lounge area, double or single rooms with single or double beds, a full private bathroom, hair dryer, and clean linens. Wi-Fi is also available for people who need to stay connected to work or home. Meals are served and enjoyed family style.

See below for airport destinations into this region as well as flight distances and times from major cities.

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Closest Airport
Airport Name Airport Code Miles to Region
Kelowna International Airport YLW 116 mi
Calgary International Airport YYC 267 mi
Distance From
Airport City State Code Miles Time Stops
Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles CA LAX 1367 9h 15m 1
O'Hare International Airport Chicago IL ORD 2000 6h 55m 1
John F. Kennedy International Airport New York NY JFK 2824 8h 45m 1
San Francisco International Airport San Francisco CA SFO 1045 4h 55m 1
Seattle–Tacoma International Airport Seattle/Tacoma WA SEA 333 1h 10m Direct
Newark Liberty International Airport New York/Newark/New Jersey NJ EWR 2800 9h 46m 1
Logan International Airport Boston MA BOS 2997 9h 1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport Minneapolis/St. Paul MN MSP 1622 5h 41m 1
Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia PA PHL 2780 7h 53m 1
LaGuardia Airport New York NY LGA 2814 7h 28m 1
Washington Dulles International Airport Washington, D.C. VA IAD 2706 9h 15m 1
San Diego International Airport San Diego CA SAN 1482 5h 26m 1
Midway International Airport Chicago IL MDW 2028 7h 53m 2
Portland International Airport Portland OR PDX 492 3h 10m 1


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3300 Ski Hill Rd
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