You should have intermediate or better skiing ability, with experience in a variety of conditions including powder, trees and steeper terrain.
Our more relaxed experience lets you concentrate on enjoying the day and learning to ski or ride better. Our guides are all fully certified instructors who can help you with tips and pointers throughout the day to help you get comfortable in powder snow and ski better. Untracked snow is great for learning to ski or ride in powder.
We match the ability of the group to the terrain.
We will take you powder shredding even if you're not the best rider, but if you are holding up the group then you may be asked to sit out a run, or to stay in the cat for your own safety. If you are asked to sit out, there is no refund. Please respect the guides' decision to keep you safe.
We highly recommend that you rent fat skis or a powder snowboard from Whistler village. The right skis or board makes powder easier and more fun.
The fitter you are the less tired you will be at the end of the day.
Our highest elevation is about 6,500 feet, so altitude is not a problem.
Catskiing is a great place to learn if you are willing. Please understand that if you feel you are ready to go Catskiing but end up holding up the group you may be asked to sit out with no refund. Please respect the guides if they ask you to sit out for the happiness of the group or for your own safety.
Heliskiing can be a great place to learn if you are in a group who are willing to wait for you, although we can't hold up the rest of the group should you be unable to keep up. If you're unsure about your ability, please call us to discuss your options. In some cases cat skiing may be a better place to start because it's more flexible with respect to skier/ rider ability.
Absolutely! In the Cats with our two guide system, everyone skis and rides at their own pace within the group. This makes for a relaxing day without the intimidation that is sometimes felt by friends "trying to keep up".
One of the nicest things about catskiing is that people of different abilities can ride together because the cat can only get to the bottom of the run at a certain speed.
In helicopters, the group moves more quickly and there is a single guide for the four guests, which can be a challenge if the group isn't well balanced.
If you are unsure, please give us a call and we'll work out the best experience for you.
It doesn't matter how old you are, as long as you want powder runs!
Our average age is mid-20s to mid-40s. If you want to bring your kid or kids in the cat or heli, please keep the rest of the group in mind when you judge their skiing or riding ability. If your child is unable to keep up with the group, then they will have to ride in the cat with no refund.
If you book a private cat or heli then as it's your machine, you can ski or ride at the speed you want.