The time is gold on the snow…
Whistler is one of the top destinations for catskiing worldwide. Combined, the tenures of companies that operate in Whistler total nearly a million acres, meaning fresh tracks always await skiers and boarders on nearly every run.
Whistler Ski Experience offers a company that is specialized in day trips, semi-private and private packages. Single-day Cat-skiing is for those short on time but big on powder. Descend never-before-skied runs, and end the day where it started: in Whistler’s vibrant village.
There is no snowcat that can compare to the power, reliability, comfort and speed of the Pisten Bully Snowcat.
A couple of years ago we made a huge investment and upgraded all our cats to Pisten Bully 300’s from Cold Smoke Leasing Co. That took us from a really good day being 9 or 10 runs to an average day being 9 -10 runs. The old record for most runs in a day was 11…. now it’s 15. Our new cats are so fast everyone can have the same epic powder experience.
The Pisten Bully’s deliver superior comfort and reliability when it comes to getting up the mountain to get the untracked snow. The cats have bucket coach seats in all our passenger cabins. The bucket seats really let you relax on the way up the mountain in between runs. It’s amazing how much less energy you use over the course of a day not having to hold on to the seat in front of you and just settling back into your seat. Some guests said it made their day. Everyone has more energy to ski.
To ensure that your ride up is as comfortable as your run down is fun, the passenger cabins are especially designed for your group of 12 guests plus 2 guides and the photographer.
The cabins are heated, so even on the coldest day catskiing is a warm fun powder adventure. When it’s minus 20 and the snow is as good as it will ever get, having a heated 10-15 minute ride up for your next run will make you ready to really charge on each run. It might ruin you for chairlifts and t-bars forever! With the cabin’s big windows, you get the best view of the surrounding peaks that have made this part of the world legendary.
Depending on which peak we are skiing it takes about 25 to 40 minutes to get up to the top of the first run from our base lodge. That’s about the same time it takes to get from the village to the top of 7th Heaven on Blackcomb.
We have done extensive route work and road cutting in the last few years to make the run up from our base lodge as fast as possible. Irrespective of how powerful and nice the cat is, or how comfy and relaxing the seats are… we’re here to ski and ride, so we want that first run to come as quick as possible.
After the initial run, the runs come quickly. Your average cat time is 10-15 minutes per run. This gives time to catch your breath, grab a snack or a drink, compare face shot stories with your new best friends, and be ready and rested to hit it when you get to the top.