Its terrain is also a little different – a little less extreme perhaps, but with the benefits that virtually all of it is skiable virtually all of the time. The snow cats will haul you to 7000ft, so the first 2000ft of skiing is on snow that rarely sees any rain. All this makes this the place to be when conditions on the ski hill (and the adjacent Island Lake) are marginal.
The catskiing trips are ideal for strong intermediate skiers and boarders and better, to whom the company guarantees 10000ft of vertical, or around ten runs every day.
Finally, it’s possible to book catskiing trips without staying in the lodge – to discuss and book this, call or drop by the desk in the Park Place Lodge. The price of a day’s catskiing lies around $450 per day ($350 in spring), but last-minute specials are not unheard of.
In summer the experienced local owner, an energetic mountain-man character, runs a whole host of wilderness expeditions. He’s game to provide whatever people want, though grizzly bear safaris and fishing trips are favourites.
Whatever the trip, the emphasis is on providing a wilderness experience and getting away from it all.