What abilities do you accept?

You should have advanced 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.

What kind of physical shape do I have to be in?

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.

Is a cat or heli a good place to learn to ski or ride powder?

Catskiing can be a great place to learn if you are willing. Most people who book catskiing with Powder Mountain are more advanced. Please understand if you 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. One option could be to book a private helicopter, we have 4, 8, or 10 seat options. This kind of day would be completely tuned to your ability. Please email or call us to discuss ability, and for information and pricing on private helicopters.

My buddy isn't as good as me, can we both go at the same time?

Typically yes. The cat can only get back to the bottom at a certain speed to pick your group up, so there is some time there. However, if anyone is holding the group up, they could be asked to sit out a run, or stay in the cat for your own safety. If asked to sit out, there is no refund. Please respect the guides decision to keep you safe.

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.

 

What ages do you accept?

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.