Cat Skiing in Pemberton


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Pemberton is a small village of 2,500 people that sits two hours to the north of Vancouver. This small resort town relies on two main industries, logging and tourism, to sustain its economy. Tourism in particular draws in millions of visitors each year who come to Pemberton to enjoy world-class skiing.

Cat skiing is quickly becoming one of the most popular outdoor sports for native Pemberton residents and tourists alike. Given its location in the Lillooet Ranges, the village receives more than 384 inches of fresh powder snow each year. This snow accumulation creates the ideal conditions for backcountry cat skiing.

In fact, cat skiers of all skill levels are welcome on the alpine and subalpine runs. Skiers are paired with experienced and highly trained guides who remain with them during the time they are in the backcountry. All of the guides are Level 2 Avalanche certified and are now or have previously been professional snow patrollers. Skiers also meet with their guides at least twice a day to review safety procedures on the mountain as well as learn how to make smart decision while out on the backcountry runs.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region NamePemberton
Region StateBritish Columbia
Region CityPemberton
Region CountryCanada
Closest ResortHurley Mountain Lodge
Optional ResortPemberton Valley Lodge
Optional ResortChatter Creek

Cat Skiing Pictures in Pemberton

Area Details
Acres (sq. miles)15,000
Skill LevelAll Skill Levels
Annual Snowfall (inches)384
Snow TypeCold, Dry
Mountain RangeSouth Chilcotin Mountains
Elevation (feet)8,370
Tour Details
Runs per DayNo Limit
Apprx. Vertical Feet per RunN/A
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day12,000+
Rentals AvailableYes
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person$950 - $1,069
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat$11,400


The mountain offer 15,000 acres of alpine and tree skiing terrain. The base elevation for cat skiers is 5,000 feet, but the summit, however, is found at 8,370 feet.

Cat skiers are encouraged to bring along safety gear like goggles, a helmet, gloves, and other outerwear to protect them while they are in the backcountry. They also are required to sign a liability waiver before they are allowed to board the snowcats and enjoy a day of cat skiing.

When they are not out cat skiing on the mountain, visitors to Pemberton can enjoy a range of amenities and activities at their lodge. For example, they are treated to family style dining and home cooked meals consisting of local meats, fruits, vegetables, and beverages.

Guests also can enjoy resting in their spacious rooms that come with fresh linens as well as amenities like Wi-Fi, a coffee maker, and hair dryer. They also can meet up and relax with their fellow cat skiers in the lounge area.

Cat skiing enthusiasts who want to visit Pemberton can book one of several package options found at area resorts. A typical four-day package, for example, averages around $3,800 and above per person. Two-day trips cost around $2,000 while three-day options start at around $2,800. If the available dates and rates do not suit a skier’s budget, custom packages and rates are also available.

Transportation to and from Pemberton is available through the village’s municipal airport. The airport serves fixed wing, rotorcraft, helicopters, and small jets. It also accommodates a small ski plane that flies to and from the area’s backcountry lodges once a day. Tourists can also reach Pemberton by taking a two-passenger train that offers round-trip service to and from Pemberton each day.

  • FULL DAY (After breakfast – dark)

    Includes breakfast, lunch, snacks, and water.

    2-day, 3-day, 4-day packages available, starting around $2,000
  • PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 12 people)

    May not be available at this time.


Closest Airport
Airport NameAirport CodeMiles to Region
Pemberton Regional AirportYPS3.6 mi
Vancouver International AirportYVR103 mi
Distance From
Los Angeles International AirportLos AngelesCALAX13082h 45mDirect
O'Hare International AirportChicagoILORD22834h 30mDirect
John F. Kennedy International AirportNew YorkNYJFK31066hDirect
San Francisco International AirportSan FranciscoCASFO10582h 20mDirect
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSeattle/TacomaWASEA25855mDirect
Newark Liberty International AirportNew York/Newark/New JerseyNJEWR30825h 50mDirect
Logan International AirportBostonMABOS32808h 32m1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMinneapolis/St. PaulMNMSP19053h 42mDirect
Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphiaPAPHL30627h 53m1
LaGuardia AirportNew YorkNYLGA30977h 58m1
Washington Dulles International AirportWashington, D.C.VAIAD29897h 32m1
San Diego International AirportSan DiegoCASAN14962h 58mDirect
Midway International AirportChicagoILMDW23105h 52m1
Portland International AirportPortlandORPDX4131h 10mDirect


Hurley Mountain Lodge
28-7339 Old Mill Rd, Pemberton, BC V0N 2L0, Canada