Load into the snowcat at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and you’re in for a powdery treat. Three giant bowls south of the resort provide a playground of wide aprons, chutes, and glades in British Columbia’s Selkirk Range, an area where weather patterns frequently deliver the deep powder that skiers and riders can wallow in.

Here are a few reasons why you should make your reservations now: Only three cat ski trips go out per week, allowing time for new snow to cover the previous trip’s tracks. The quality of the Revelstoke cat-skiing experience cause trips to be booked early in the fall.  Best of all, by booking now you can get a break with early season trip prices, as peak season pricing (starting in late January) costs $450 per person for a full day of cat-skiing. 

Until then, you can catch a ride on the cat for less. From Dec. 15-24, 2012, a full day of cat skiing runs $300. From Dec. 26, 2012 through Jan. 25, 2013, a full day cat trip costs $400. To book a cat trip, call 250-814-5060. Revelstoke’s cat skiing starts up in mid-December, running only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 

Rates for cat skiing include lift access to the summit, where you’ll ski or ride down Jalapeno Run to meet the snowcat. Powder board rentals are included in the price, as is a sack lunch that you can nibble on between each run. Contrary to some other cat ski operations that limit the number of runs, Revelstoke lets the group pace and ability dictate the number of runs for the day. After skiing, the guides treat you to appetizers at the Rockford Grill.

Revelstoke also offers special cat trip packages that add in lodging at the Sutton Place Hotel. The hotel, located at the base of the Revelation Gondola, houses the Revelstoke Outdoor Centre, the morning cat-skiing meeting place. Package rates start at $400 per person, based on double occupancy. To book a Cat Ski and Stay package, call
250-814-5000.

For more information on cat skiing at Revelstoke, go here.