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 NameMontana
Region StateBritish Columbia/Montana
Region CityRevelstoke
Region CountryCanada
Closest ResortGreat Northern Snow Cat Skiing
Optional ResortRevelstoke Mountain Resort
Optional ResortK3 Cat Ski

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles)12,000
Skill LevelAll Skill Levels
Annual Snowfall (inches)500
Snow TypeDeep Powder
Mountain RangeSelkirk Mountains
Elevation (feet)11,545
Tour Details
Runs per DayNo Limit
Apprx. Vertical Feet per RunN/A
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day12,000 - 15,000
Rentals AvailableYes
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person$983 - $1,119
Apprx. Cost per Day per CatN/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 NameAirport CodeMiles to Region
Kelowna International AirportYLW116 mi
Calgary International AirportYYC267 mi
Distance From
Los Angeles International AirportLos AngelesCALAX13679h 15m1
O'Hare International AirportChicagoILORD20006h 55m1
John F. Kennedy International AirportNew YorkNYJFK28248h 45m1
San Francisco International AirportSan FranciscoCASFO10454h 55m1
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSeattle/TacomaWASEA3331h 10mDirect
Newark Liberty International AirportNew York/Newark/New JerseyNJEWR28009h 46m1
Logan International AirportBostonMABOS29979h1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMinneapolis/St. PaulMNMSP16225h 41m1
Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphiaPAPHL27807h 53m1
LaGuardia AirportNew YorkNYLGA28147h 28m1
Washington Dulles International AirportWashington, D.C.VAIAD27069h 15m1
San Diego International AirportSan DiegoCASAN14825h 26m1
Midway International AirportChicagoILMDW20287h 53m2
Portland International AirportPortlandORPDX4923h 10m1


Great Northern Snowcat Skiing. British Columbia, Canada.