ABOUT CAT SKIING IN PEMBERTON
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.
|Region State||British Columbia|
|Closest Resort||Hurley Mountain Lodge|
|Optional Resort||Pemberton Valley Lodge|
|Optional Resort||Chatter Creek|
|Acres (sq. miles)||15,000|
|Skill Level||All Skill Levels|
|Annual Snowfall (inches)||384|
|Snow Type||Cold, Dry|
|Mountain Range||South Chilcotin Mountains|
|Runs per Day||No Limit|
|Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run||N/A|
|Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day||12,000+|
|Apprx. Cost per Day per Person||$950 - $1,069|
|Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat||$11,400|
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT CAT SKIING IN PEMBERTON
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.
HOW TO GET TO PEMBERTON
|Airport Name||Airport Code||Miles to Region|
|Pemberton Regional Airport||YPS||3.6 mi|
|Vancouver International Airport||YVR||103 mi|
|Los Angeles International Airport||Los Angeles||CA||LAX||1308||2h 45m||Direct|
|O'Hare International Airport||Chicago||IL||ORD||2283||4h 30m||Direct|
|John F. Kennedy International Airport||New York||NY||JFK||3106||6h||Direct|
|San Francisco International Airport||San Francisco||CA||SFO||1058||2h 20m||Direct|
|Seattle–Tacoma International Airport||Seattle/Tacoma||WA||SEA||258||55m||Direct|
|Newark Liberty International Airport||New York/Newark/New Jersey||NJ||EWR||3082||5h 50m||Direct|
|Logan International Airport||Boston||MA||BOS||3280||8h 32m||1|
|Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport||Minneapolis/St. Paul||MN||MSP||1905||3h 42m||Direct|
|Philadelphia International Airport||Philadelphia||PA||PHL||3062||7h 53m||1|
|LaGuardia Airport||New York||NY||LGA||3097||7h 58m||1|
|Washington Dulles International Airport||Washington, D.C.||VA||IAD||2989||7h 32m||1|
|San Diego International Airport||San Diego||CA||SAN||1496||2h 58m||Direct|
|Midway International Airport||Chicago||IL||MDW||2310||5h 52m||1|
|Portland International Airport||Portland||OR||PDX||413||1h 10m||Direct|
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