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Powder Cowboy

PO Box 1229, 602a 2nd Ave
Fernie , BC  V0B 1M0
(250) 423-3700 / (888) 4-CATSKI
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About Powder Cowboy

With 3,500 acres of new terrain, Powder Cowboy Catskiing now boasts 6,000 acres of awesome terrain, equaling the size of many North American ski resorts (imagine Whistler or Aspen with 2 feet of fresh powder open only for you and 23 friends). The Lizard range of the Canadian Rocky Mountains is legendary for deep dry snow; with an average of 350 inches of snow annually, it's a powder playground for skiers and boarders alike. The mountains and alpine bowls provide stunning open slopes, amazing rolling pitches and perfectly positioned trees for some of the best naturally gladed tree skiing in the BC Rockies.

Come and experience the powder of the Canadian Rockies at Powder Cowboy Catskiing.

Combining the legendary powder of Canada's Rocky Mountains and the western culture of the Columbia Valley, Powder Cowboy Catskiing is truly a unique experience! Whether you're skiing or boarding, the 8-14 daily runs will quickly become your most memorable. As the day ends, you'll have 10,000 to 14,000 vertical feet of bowls, open slopes and awesome tree skiing under your belt with the longest run stretching 2,500 vertical feet. You have the option to book three or four day tours from mid December to the end of March. Guests visiting Powder Cowboy Catskiing should be intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders in good physical condition. There are 12 guests and 2 guides per snowcat and only 2 snowcats' - that's 6000 acres of powder for only 2 dozen people. Saddle up and hold on!

Powder Cowboy Quick Facts

The Basics Terrain Season
Helicopter Trips: No
Snowcat Trips: Yes
Years in Business: 8
Capacity Per Trip: 24 guests (2 snowcats)
Trips Per Season: 30 tours/season
Guide to Client Ratio: 1:6
Packages start at: $375.00
Summit: 7,500 Ft / 2,286 M
Base: 4,000 Ft / 1,219 M
Vertical: 3,500 Ft / 1,067 M
Acres: 6,000 Ac / 2,428 Hc
Annual Snow: 600" / 1,524cm
Starts Around: 12/26/2008
Ends Around: 3/31/2009

Guide Certifications & Experience

Powder Cowboy has a Lead Guide on shift every day. This person has been trained and certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG) as a Mountain Guide, or Ski Guide. ACMG Mountain Guides have been trained and certified to work in all aspects of the back-country mountain environment. This includes all forms of back-country skiing such as snowcat, helicopter and ski touring, as well as other activities such as mountaineering, rock and ice climbing and hiking. The ACMG Mountain Guiding certification is at the same standard as the European member nations. (e.g. Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany). IFMGA Mountain Guide status is the highest level of formal certification available and is recognized world-wide.

ACMG Full Ski Guides have been fully trained and certified to work in all aspects of the back-country ski environment. Their back-country ski training is at the same level as a Mountain Guide; however they are limited to skiing activities.

Equipment Used

State of the art Pisten Bully Extreme II snowcats are used. Powder Cowboy Catskiing is proud to offer our guests skis, snowboards and teleskis at no extra charge. Just bring your boots and you're ready to go. Our fleet consists of K2's best. For the skiers, take on the mountain with the new K2 Apache Chief or Phat Luv (designed specifically for women) fat mountain skis designed for deep powder days.K2 powder skis (Coomba, Seth, Pontoon)

Ski Areas Nearby

Fernie Alpine Resort & Panorama Resort.

Booking Policy

A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required at the time of booking. The final balance is due 120 days prior to your arrival. Cancellations within 120 days are non-refundable. Trip cancellation insurance is recommended.

Packages & Pricing

single day tours $375 CAD/person
two day tours $1250 CAD/person
three day tours $1875-2250 CAD/person
Four day tours $2500-3000 CAD/person
Daily Schedule Wakeup at the ranch Hearty breakfast Avalanche speech (day one) Shuttle to Snow-cats Transceiver training (day one) 9am to 4pm catskiing - 8 to 14 runs Lunch on the mountain 4pm shuttle back to Ranch Apr├Ęs ski meal and beverages Hot tub, sauna and massage time Dining room - 3 course dinner Bar - story telling and bragging Sleep in your private cabin Start all over again

Local Lodging

10 log cabins including a brand new four suite cabin and the newly renovated "Honeymoon Cabin". One cabin for the hot tubs and sauna and the largest of the cabins is the new Big Horn Saloon. The cozy log cabins are equipped with in-floor heating, wood burning fireplaces. They have one private bedroom, two beds in the living area and a washroom with shower. The new Big Horn Saloon has a dining room, bar, kitchen and massage rooms. The lodge boasts a large covered deck with an outdoor fireplace.

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