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Over the course of three days, guide Karl Salter is able to serve up a smorgasbord of terrain to guests of all abilities. Runs transitioned from open, alpine bowls, to steep tree runs. For the adventurous in our group, Karl delivers big-mountain lines and spines that are reminiscent of  coastal British Columbia and Alaska. There are open powder runs, huckable cliff drops, and plenty of tree jibs to keep the youth in the group stoked.

K3 Cat Ski, BC

Previously called Monashee Snowcats, British Columbia's K3 Cat Skiing is back with a new name and all the same features, including 50-degree pitches, 33,000 acres of terrain, and piles of fresh powder. Here's how to plan a trip there.

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Bring a Cat, Ski For Free

"Pheline Phridaze" snowcat-skiing promotion begins this week.

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Cat-Skiing In Chile

Venture to South America's only cat-ski op for untracked terrain, cheap beer, and "summer" fun.

Steve Romeo drops in.

Destination Antarctica: More Skiing

Skiing Magazine's Senior Editor Sam Bass is logging a lot of vertical this week. Check out his images to see what skiing in Antarctica is like.

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Ode to Cat Drivers

One reader's story of faith lost and found, ski bum economics, and the weird stuff you find on the night shift.

Martin Winkler at Nordpark

Austrian Ski Photos

We sent Tom Winter to Austria to see if he could become an Austrian, or at least grind skis in some factories or fit boots in some shops. Turns out, all he did was ski powder. Here are shots of his trip.

If you start around say Thanksgiving, and ski every single weekend through April without fail with a few extended periods and perhaps even a few missed opportunities thrown in there as well 50 ski days is more than a reasonable goal to strive for. In fact, 50’s pretty good. Heck, 20’s even good.But 183 takes more than that. In most ski towns, the snow sticks enough to think about skiing by October. It’s not so much the random day or two of skiing in August that makes 183 work. Sure, those days to keep it going all year are fun and good excuses for going on a hike with a heavier pack, but it’s the full engagement from the time the snow flies to start a “ski season” to the days when the resorts are closed and driving for turns is beyond a leisurely stroll across town that locks in why 183 ski days is a worthy goal to shoot for.

Ski 183 Days a Year

Want to be on snow half of the calendar year? Here's how to make it happen, including subpar skiing, minimum daily requirements, and why 183 is the magic number.

Helicopter pilot Chet Simmons, one of the original members of Valdez's "Ski to Die Club," played a critical role in bringing heli-skiing to Alaska. He was flying supplies to the interior during the oil pipeline's construction when he started charging skiers $25 a drop. We caught up with him on Thompson Pass after a day of skiing and got to fire off a few rounds from his rifle.

Can Skiing Save Valdez, Alaska?

What happens when an oil town runs out of oil? What if that town happens to access some of the best skiing in the world? We sent Devon O'Neil to Valdez, Alaska, to report on just that for a story in our November issue. This is what he saw.