As the interest in randonnée continues to escalate, so do the offerings of where and with whom. After a super-successful pilot project last season, the almost fully booked Chatter Creek Cat-Skiing has launched a new Guided Ski Touring program to run January through March.
Guests get a bump up into the alpine in the morning in the cat, and then your guides and group are on your own to explore and play. Reaching terrain not accessible by cat is one reason the program is drawing attention, but the rewards of doing it under your own steam are just as important to most AT skiers.
Not sure of your ability to ski AT? “Most moderately active people who are happy to go for a hike or bike ride can enjoy ski touring,” says Josh Milligan, an ACMG ski guide. “We recommend that folks should be of intermediate ability and comfortable in a variety of terrain and snow conditions.”
Aside from the safety, knowledge and naughty jokes of a mountain guide, the same lodging, gourmet meals, hot tub, massage and heli-transfers are included in Chatter’s touring groups. For first-time-evers or seasoned pinheads, it’s worth investigating more at chattercreek.ca.backcountry, BC, British Columbia, Chatter Creek Cat-Skiing, heli-snowcat skiing, ski touring