Cat Skiing in Whistler


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Located in Southeastern British Columbia, Whistler is most well-known for hosting several events during the 2010 Winter Olympics. This ski resort town is located 125 miles north of Vancouver and is home to 11,000 year-round residents. However, millions of ski enthusiasts flock to the town during the winter months with most tourists coming from Australia and Europe.

One of the town’s most popular ski resorts, Powder Mountain in particular, is a lure for people who want to experience the thrill and excitement of cat skiing. The mountain receives more than 164 inches of powder snow each year. The bulk of the snowfall there arrives during the months of December, January, and February when it receives more than 40 inches of snow on average each month.

This powder snow makes the resort an ideal location for people who want to venture out to the backcountry to try their hand at cat skiing. The cat skiing resort recently invested in several Pisten Bully 300 snowcats that are designed for taking up to 12 people at a time up to the backcountry of the mountains. The cabins of the snowcats are heated and have large windows that provide panoramic views of the mountain on the climb up to the top of mountain runs.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region NameWhistler
Region StateBritish Columbia
Region CityWhistler
Region CountryCanada
Closest ResortMountainside Lodge
Optional ResortWhistler Peak Lodge
Optional ResortTantalus Resort Lodge

Cat Skiing Pictures in Whistler

Area Details
Acres (sq. miles)4,300
Skill LevelAdvanced +
Annual Snowfall (inches)418.7
Snow TypePowder
Mountain RangeCoast Mountains Tricouni Peak and Cypress Peak
Elevation (feet)2,200
Tour Details
Runs per Day6 - 9
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run800 - 3,000
Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day8,000 -10,000
Rentals AvailableN/A
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person$599
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat$6,999


The mountain itself boasts more than 7,000 vertical feet or 4,300 acres of ski runs that permit cat skiers between six to nine runs per day. The cost for a single day of cat skiing at Whistler’s Powder Mountain averages around $600 per person and does not include any resort fees or GST skiers may be expected to cover. The resort does not charge more for extra runs, however.

To qualify for a day of cat skiing here, parties need to consist of no more than 11 people. The snowcat cabins can seat up to 12 skiers along with a photographer and guides for each run. Each cat skiing party is assigned two experienced, certified guides. Each skier is also provided with a trans-receiver from the resort for safety’s sake.

Cat skiers are also required to sign a waiver before they are allowed to board the snowcats and head to the backcountry runs. They also are given brief safety instructions designed to keep them safe during their excursions.

For safety and to help skiers avoid crowds, only 24 cat skiers are permitted to take to the backcountry runs at a single time. Skiers should always anticipate encountering fresh powder snow rather than hard found on other ski runs at the resort. Fans of this extreme winter sport also can enjoy the fact that the snowcats are designed to run in the heaviest of snow conditions. They are not grounded like the helicopters used for heliskiing by the resort.

Whistler is served by the Vancouver International Airport where tourists can arrive and depart on flights on major airliners. VIA is located 140 miles south of Whistler. Tourists who charter private flights to this ski resort town can fly into Pemberton Regional Airport that serves smaller commercial and private aircraft. Pemberton is located 38 minutes to the north of Whistler.


    Includes snacks, lunch, and drinks on the cat.

  • PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 11 people)

    Includes snacks, lunch, and drinks on the cat.



Closest Airport
Airport NameAirport CodeMiles to Region
Vancouver International AirportYVR84 mi
Seattle-Tacoma International AirportSEA231 mi
Distance From
Los Angeles International AirportLos AngelesCALAX12802h 45mDirect
O'Hare International AirportChicagoILORD21824h 25mDirect
John F. Kennedy International AirportNew YorkNYJFK30076hDirect
San Francisco International AirportSan FranciscoCASFO9572h 20mDirect
Seattle–Tacoma International AirportSeattle/TacomaWASEA13955mDirect
Newark Liberty International AirportNew York/Newark/New JerseyNJEWR29825h 42mDirect
Logan International AirportBostonMABOS31798h 29m1
Minneapolis–Saint Paul International AirportMinneapolis/St. PaulMNMSP18033h 56mDirect
Philadelphia International AirportPhiladelphiaPAPHL29627h 57m1
LaGuardia AirportNew YorkNYLGA29968h 20m1
Washington Dulles International AirportWashington, D.C.VAIAD24977h 48m1
San Diego International AirportSan DiegoCASAN13953hDirect
Midway International AirportChicagoILMDW22098h 49m1
Portland International AirportPortlandORPDX3121h 10mDirect


Mountainside Lodge
4417 Sundial Pl, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada