Cat skiing backup – A good idea?

Elemental Adventure •

Snowcats at Heli-Ski Operations

We like cat skiing – not as much as heliskiing – but it’s pretty awesome. We often get asked whether this or that heliski lodge has ‘cat skiing backup’ and if it is somewhere that we offer as a destination, the answer is probably no. There is a good reason why.

Cat skiing backup sounds like a great idea on the label. If the weather is terrible and the helicopters can’t fly, you jump in the snowcat and up you go to the powder. Perfect - never a wasted moment. You will be up skiing whatever the weather. So why doesn’t everyone have one?

Cat skiing backup - a good idea?
Having a snow cat on standby can be a recipe for paying heliski prices to go cat skiing…

Paying Heli-Ski Prices To Go Cat-Skiing

The truth is that you don’t invest money in snowcats and the logistics involved to operate them unless you REALLY REALLY need to.

We’ve been involved in the heliski industry for over 20 years now and during that time a clear picture has emerged: the helski operations that invest money and time into snowcats are usually the ones that are located in areas where the weather is terrible and frequently incompatible with flying helicopters.

We’re not saying that it is necessarily bad to have a snowcat but we are saying that choosing where to go heliskiing based on the seemingly good idea of the place having a snowcat, can be a good way to pay heliski prices to go cat skiing

So our tip is this: If you want to go cat skiing -- great idea, it’s awesome! Go cat skiing, and do it somewhere good like Mustang Powder in Canada. BUT if you want to go heliskiing, go heliskiing and choose somewhere that is reliable enough to not need a snowcat…there are plenty of them.

helicopter at hot springs

Relaxed Booking Conditions

By Elemental Adventure •

We understand that the world is now a different place to just several weeks ago and that putting down significant amounts of money for a holiday that is many months away, represents a new level of risk.

We have been looking (and continue to look) at ways to reduce that risk in order to give you some peace of mind as well as the much-needed excitement of an epic ski trip to look forward to.

The Kuril Islands at Sunset

The Kuril Islands & Kamchatka

By James Morland •

A more distant, end of the earth type place would be hard to imagine and for the past four years I had dreamed of skiing these gigantic volcanoes that rise so abruptly from the mythical sounding, Sea of Okhotsk.

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Heliskiing Iceland, Image copyright Mathis Dumas

Luxury and Adventure in Iceland

By Elemental Adventure •

Now, to complement the rustic charm and family history of Klaensholl; guests have the choice of opting for on-the-edge-of-the-fjord luxury. Or, for those ready for the adventure of a lifetime – jump aboard the ‘Ring of Fire’ heliski tour.