Powder Stagecoach Cat Skiing
The best back country secret in the Rockies…ssshh!!

The Powder Stagecoach is one of the very few resort based Cat Ski operations in Western Canada. Join us for a one-day backcountry adventure to ride open bowls and secret powder stashes. Your adventure starts at the top of Huckleberry Chair where our Powder Stagecoach will meet you and climb up Mount Haig to access your personal powder lines in wide bowls, gladed chutes and breathtaking scenery. Come and share our 900 cms of annual snowfall across 800 acres of skiable terrain. Since our Cat adventure is resort-based, the powder hounds can have the adventure experience of Cat Skiing while other family members play on the rest of the mountain.

Plan your Day

7:45 am – Check in at Joe’s. Coffee & muffins provided while completing waivers and safety talk.

8:45 am – Ready at Huckleberry Chair ready for our first ride up to meet the Cat.

9:00am-3:30pm – Cat skiing all day long. No lunch break. We eat while riding the Cat!

4:00 pm – Reconvene at Joe’s to check out the photos from the day, share stories and enjoy an aprés ski beverage on us!  Sponsored by Big Rock Brewery.

Breaks: We come into the base area every run, so there is an opportunity for a quick break if needed.

2016 – 2017 Rates

$350 +GST Cat Skiing Day Rate Thursday through Saturday

$40 Discounts for CMR Season Pass Holders, Cruisin’ the Castle Card Holders & Lake Louise Season Pass & Card Holders!

Includes:

Coffee & Muffin
Ortovox Pack, beacon, probe, shovel
Bag Lunch
Fully Hosted full day of skiing/riding
Apres ski photo presentation & Celebratory Beverage

Fat Skis are available $40.00 (pre-booking is required!)

(minimum age to ride the Cat is 14 years of age)

Private Cat Rentals

One Private Cat for up to 12 Persons – $3500 +GST
Two Privates Cats for up 24 Persons – $6300 +GST

FAQ

How do I make a Reservation?

You can check availability on our online calendar here but we would like to talk to you directly when making your booking to ensure you have all the information you need and that you are prepared for your Cat Skiing Adventure!

Give us a shout on 403 627 5101 or shoot us an email at powderstagecoach@skicastle.ca

Can you give me a brief outline of the day?

Below is what a typical day looks like, there are lots of factors including weather, snow control and guests being on time that can alter the day slightly.

7:45am- Check in at Joe’s; coffee & muffins while completing waivers and we talk safety
8:45am- we are typically standing at the Huckleberry Chair ready for our first ride up
9:00am – 3:30pm  On the Huckleberry Chair to meet the Cat, on the cat up Haig Ridge, down the mountain, faceshots.  Repeat.
4:00pm- gather in Joe’s to check out the photos from the day, share stories and have a beverage on us!  Sponsored by Big Rock Brewery.

You can check availability on our online calendar here but we would like to talk to you directly when making your booking to ensure you have all the information you need and that you are prepared for your Cat Skiing Adventure!

Give us a shout on 403 627 5101 or shoot us an email at powderstagecoach@skicastle.ca

What is the terrain like?

Wide open bowls, trees, gullies, wind lips we’ve got it all!  If you’ve skied/rode the main mountain at Castle Mountain Resort before the Cat skiing area is a bit mellower than our main mountain.   Not sure if your skills are quite up to scratch, why not book a powder lesson with our ski instructors?!

How many Cats do you operate per day?

We operate one cat with two groups, while one group goes up the other group goes down!

What does "lift assisted" mean?

We run a combination of chairlift and snow cat for our Cat Skiing operation.  You start on the chairlift, ride the lift to the top then jump on the cat to go even farther up Haig Mountain.   This gives us the opportunity to ride 1500-2200 vertical feet per run!  Each run you return to the base area and ride Huckleberry lift to the top to catch the cat.

What is your cancellation policy?

Cancellations: Before 30 days $25 processing fee – 29-8 days $150 cancellation fee -7 days- no refund . If WE cancel the Powder Stagecoach due to weather or unforeseen circumstances an alternative date will be offered or a full refund will be provided.

Do you have bathrooms in the Cat Skiing Terrain?

We come into the base area every run, so there is an opportunity for a quick break if needed.   Ask your hosts where the nearest bathroom is so you don’t miss out on any runs!

I want the terrain to myself, what are my options (Private Cat Rental)?

We have private terrain rental(24 seats) and semi-private terrain rental (12 seats) from $3500 +GST per day.

Do I need to bring my own Avalanche Gear?

We supply all the avalanche gear you need and its included in the price.  An Ortovox backpack, probe, shovel & transceiver will be waiting for you at check in.   If you would like use your own equipment please bring it with you to check in with full batteries and show it to our hosts to approve use.

Should I rent Fat Skis?

Fat skis and boards generally make your day on the Powder Stagecoach easier and more fun.  Fats will help you “surf” through deep snow, riding on top and not sinking to the bottom.   You can book fat skis with us when you reserve your seat on the cat.  Click HERE to see some of the skis that are available to demo.   We recommend at least 90mm underfoot!

What should I bring?

Check the weather before you come to make sure you have clothing for the conditions, it never hurts to throw a variety in your car so you have it on hand.   Good long underwear,  warm gloves, goggles and a facemask are a must!   We pack you a lunch or if the weather permits provide a BBQ on mountain but its always good to bring a snack to keep your energy levels up!

Do you stop for lunch?

We will be chowin’ down in the cat on the way up, more time for turns!

How much vertical should I expect in a day?

On a typical day we average 6-10 runs of approximately 2000 vertical feet per run.  We don’t have a cap on how much you can do!

What if I get tired during the day?

You are welcome to skip a run and have a break in our day lodge if it is needed.  One of the great benefits of being resort based, you can grab a coffee, warm up in the lodge or just rest your muscles and catch the group on the next lap.

Can I see the waiver before I book my day?

Yes, Please click HERE to view the waiver.  If you have any questions please contact us directly.

Will I have cell phone reception or wifi available?

We do not have cell reception in the base area, depending on your provider you may get a signal at the top of the Cat Skiing Terrain!  Wifi is available in the base area (at check in/end of day).

Where should I stay?

Being Resort based allows you to choose from a wide variety of accommodation options.  Check out our accommodations page here for options and information.

Should I tip my hosts?

Gratuities are not expected or required however they are always appreciated, they are not included.