I had the great opportunity to go cat skiing with friends at Great Northern near Revelstoke
Here are some photos and video from some steep and deep powder.


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For a warm-up, we had a day at Revelstoke with some pretty nice snow. Here are the boys taking a
short hike along Lemming Line for a drop into North Bowl.


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A cool look around with a lot of fresh snow near the top of Stoke chair.

Video of Greg in the North Bowl



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Since there was lots of good snow but it was mostly skied off, we elected to take a short hike up to the
top of North Bowl for a different look. Here's Jim, who chased me the whole way up this boot pack.


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Jim and I hung out at the top for awhile while Kevin and Luca made the trip up as well.


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Luca at Revelstoke Mountain Resort in Feb 2018.


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Jim and Kevin at the top of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, called the 'Sub-peak' of Mount McKenzie at 2340m.

Video of Kevin and Luca coming off the sub-peak


Our tracks for the day - 23000 vertical feet: Garmin Connect

Great Northern Cat Skiing


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This was the first photo I took at the lodge, as it made me laugh out loud. I carefully checked out the skis
at the entrance, and was pleased to see no boards. :)


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The boys coming out of the cat as we get ready for our first run. We did some beacon work before we were allowed
to ski with the group. The cat seats 15 guests plus two guides and a cat-driver, so it's a big party.


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A look at some of the terrain that Great Northern has to play with, even on 3x High days.


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A very happy Kevin, as he enjoys shredding the gnar. They set everyone up with a radio, avalanche gear, and
a backpack.


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Kevin wound up finding the snow a bit deep here as he digs himself out of the snow. Tail guide Ross helps
him up here.


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Kevin and Greg showing how much fun they had the first day of our trip. Sorry Erik, you missed out.

Video of Greg and Pete skiing a nice line


Kevin and Luca skiing a nice line


Jim enjoying some powder



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Luca fell over in the snow here on the way down through the burn, which dates back to 2003.

Data from Day 1 is here: Garmin Connect


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On day 2, we had ~70 cm come down overnight making the avalanche conditions some of the worst I've seen. Here
you can see ~25 degree slopes cracking and sliding, so we elected to go home for the day. It's never an easy
decision to call off a ski day, but the guides were right to do so.


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Kevin and I were going to join Mike and Rob for a last look at trying to find good snow, but it wasn't to be.


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The whole roof had slid earlier in the day other than this big block.

Data from Day 2 is here: Garmin Connect

A reminder to myself that the 'Ski' activity doesn't track the up


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Some shots from inside the cat - Greg and Kevin.


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Jeff and I.


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Luca and I.

Video of Greg having an exorcism



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Here's our ski team on day 3 as we head down to the lodge. Note that Greg is inside the cat at this point.


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Jim and a look down to Trout Lake.


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Jim and Kevin looking into the burn area.


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Our new friend from Washington, Rob celebrated his birthday at the lodge with us. He's a real gentleman and
I enjoyed his company.

Data from day 3: Garmin Connect


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A look at Trout Mountain across the lake from the lodge.

Luca's photos


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Here is the birthday boy himself, Steve, at the ripe young age of 77 digging himself out of a tree well.


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This gives a bit of an idea how much snow we were skiing.


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Greg, showing what a lot of snow does to a smile.


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Greg was doing a bit more pizza than French Fries as shown here.


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Another comment about how much snow came down in the 4 nights we were at Great Northern (more than a metre).


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An old cat that isn't used anymore, with a look at the snow pack.


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This car was here 6 days at this point. Seriously.


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Kevin getting out of the cat and looking around to see the cloud bank above the horizon.


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Greg took a lap in the front of the cat.


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A look around the area from ~2100m looking down towards Trout Lake.


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Skiing down the cat road to our entrance for another run.


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Our comrades for the trip.

Rob's photos


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The dining table and a look inside the lodge.


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Getting ready for some powder.


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Rob and Mike enjoying a blue bird day after we left.


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A look at Great Northern Mountain.

A couple of Jeff's photos


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Me, getting ready for some powder.


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I dug out a snow profile to show the guys about snow density and snow tests.

Some morning turns with Dave H


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Dave and I went for some hot laps up Kenny's Ridge. The snow pack was excellent, although pretty skied out.


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A look off Graham's jump.

Data from this ski is here and note that this was the closest to accurate HR I've seen for BC skiing: Garmin Connect

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