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 Name Pemberton
Region State British Columbia
Region City Pemberton
Region Country Canada
Closest Resort Hurley Mountain Lodge
Optional Resort Pemberton Valley Lodge
Optional Resort Chatter Creek

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles) 15,000
Skill Level All Skill Levels
Annual Snowfall (inches) 384
Snow Type Cold, Dry
Mountain Range South Chilcotin Mountains
Elevation (feet) 8,370
Tour Details
Runs per Day No Limit
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run N/A
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day 12,000+
Rentals Available Yes
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 Name Airport Code Miles to Region
Pemberton Regional Airport YPS 3.6 mi
Vancouver International Airport YVR 103 mi
Distance From
Airport City State Code Miles Time Stops
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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