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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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Story by Bill Wanrooy of Untracked Guides.We're at K3 Cat Ski, a backcountry cat-skiing outfitter based out of Sicamous, British Columbia, not far…

Story by Bill Wanrooy of Untracked Guides.

We’re at K3 Cat Ski, a backcountry cat-skiing outfitter based out of Sicamous, British Columbia, not far from Revelstoke. “We received nine centimeters of fresh snow overnight and will be heading to South Park to find some fresh tracks,” explains guide Karl Salter. As the snowcat comes to a stop in the South Park portion of K3 Cat Ski’s tenure, guests climb out with their mouths gaping open. In the land of steep trees, South Park is truly a visual treat. Acres of steep burnt trees allow skiers to scope lines that wouldn’t be visible in a traditional forest.

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…

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.

While K3 Cat Ski is in its infancy as an operation, word of mouth has led to two seasons of solid bookings. Future expansion plans include an…

While K3 Cat Ski is in its infancy as an operation, word of mouth has led to two seasons of solid bookings. Future expansion plans include an additional snowcat next season along with plans for construction of a backcountry snowcat-accessed lodge for multi-day cat trips. Development of designated alpine touring areas of the tenure will also be offered to guests in the near future.

Lodging: The Best Western Sicamous Inn serves as the base of operations for K3 Cat Ski. Mornings begin with waiver signing in the lobby of the…

Lodging: The Best Western Sicamous Inn serves as the base of operations for K3 Cat Ski. Mornings begin with waiver signing in the lobby of the Sicamous Inn, followed by a short ride eight kilometers up the mountain to the staging area. The Best Western Sicamous Inn offers indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a sauna, and a swimming pool.

Terrain: Over 33,000 acres of terrain, with runs ranging between 1,200 and 3,000 vertical feet. While there are alpine runs and some long cruisers,…

Terrain: Over 33,000 acres of terrain, with runs ranging between 1,200 and 3,000 vertical feet. While there are alpine runs and some long cruisers, K3 Cat Ski really shines when it comes to steep tree skiing, with some slopes boasting pitches in excess of 50 degrees.

Food: Continental breakfast is included with lodging at the Best Western Sicamous Inn. Lunches in the snowcat include gourmet sandwiches, cookies, and more. Guests are on their own for dinner with many opting for local’s favorite Moose Mulligans.

Price: From $950 per person for two days cat skiing and three nights of lodging.

Additional Info: k3catski.com, sicamousinn.ca, moosemulligans.com