Skeena Cat Skiing – Northern British Columbia Cat Skiing
Based close to New Hazelton in the snow belt of Northern BC Skeena Cat Skiing is a wonderfully laid back cat skiing operation combining Northern hospitality with world class pow.
Now in its seventh year, Skeena Cat is quarterbacked by the mother son team of Lynn Schwartz and Jevon Zyp. Jevon already had a ton of experience working in cat ops being one of the original hands involved in Chatter Creek Catskiing – now one of the Canadian Rockies’ premier catski operators while Lynn had lots of experience running base camp for cat operations
Note the tenure sits on the Eastern Edge of the Coastal Mountains where the storms hit the drier interior. 45min from Smithers, 1:20 from Terrace.
When conditions in the South Coast of British Columbia become variable (ie warmer and moister), the colder drier Northern part of the province is a good option for your pow fix. We escaped the warming trend of Whistler to tour for a couple of days in Terrace and take advantage of the Snow Cat access of Skeena Cat Skiing. We joined a group of Spaniards for their first time in Canada! Also in the group were Bill and Kristy from Vernon who are long time powder skiing veterans..
It’s quicker to go door-to-door from Vancouver to this operation than to get to the Monashee cat ops. Prices here are more reasonable and snow is of tremendous quality but no-one seems to have heard of the place. This is part of both the good and bad of a location in North Central BC I suppose; a boon for guests who will find uncrowded pow. Choose your package from 1 to 5 days staying in their valley Suskwa lodge or the Backcountry Base Camp and skip the drive each day to the slopes.
Logan was our driver at Skeena Cat Skiing
The snow donkey!
Jevon works hard to put the cat roads in and maintain them.
Lots of options in this tenure
Kristy getting some pow as we watch
Christian, one of the Spaniards wanting more
Most of the runs ended in the trees to complete 500m shots.
Luis also not disappointed with the pow potential
POWco getting some!
Head back up to take advantage of the blue skies for another alpine run
Jevon points to more goods across the valley
Then sails it and nails it!
Luis taking a break from the Eagle vs Shimano debate to focus on the POW
Christian would like to go deeper, but is ok with the conditions!
Paco going deep!
Ok, Karla the snowboarder shows us how its done!
The group seems to be having a good time!
Oh, we have to go up AGAIN!
Thanks Jevon for showing us a great day in your backyard!
The group – Lee Lau, Kristy Charlton, Bill Charlton, Karla Charlton, Jevon Zyp, Carlos Merten, Luis Miguel de Dios, Miguel Blanch, ChristianWeigand, Paco Perez, Sharon Bader
Our tracks from our trip in 2014 in RED, Yellow is from Luis from our day in 2017.
Good representation of the tenure
Cozy Suskwa Lodge is a pretty nice place to hang out after banging out powder laps. It’s a gorgeous building with 5 double occupany bedrooms all with ensuites. A large living room and guest area adjoins a kitchen downstairs.
The lodge itself is at low elevations so guests are driven to the area where the cats are parked approx 40km away (about a 45 minutes drive). Some guests want the option to be closer to the goods so that is where the yurts at the Backcountry Base Camp would be a worthwhile option.
Chillin after a day of skiin’
To be fed so well
Appies, dessert, breakfast
And to sleep in your own room in a comfy bed with your own bathroom at Suskwa Lodge if you don’t opt for the Backcountry Base Camp experience.
If you’re looking to ski pow, be pampered, have massive terrain choices and see and hear literally nobody else but your group you might want to consider Skeena Cat Skiing!