If you haven’t seen Tanner Hall’s film Retallack about, well… Retallack, maybe you’ve seen any one of the myriad of film segments or photo shoots that have been produced there including Red Bull’s seminal Cold Rush event. If you’re not a huge consumer of ski media, the fact that this cat skiing outfit is partially owned by Tanner Hall and Seth Morrison, and was chosen as the venue for the world’s most-prestigious freeride event should be an indication of what to expect.
Each ski day begins at 8 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. Lunch, beverages and snacks are all served on the cat, maximizing your ski time and ensuring you get 8 to 15 runs a day, with their longest run clocking in at over 4,200 vertical feet. After a long day on the mountain, enjoy an Aprés party at the lodge followed by a gourmet dinner.
Be prepared for the best powder days of your life at Retallack, and if you’re lucky, cat rides from the world famous mountain-man-poet Karl the Gnarl.
If You Go:
Travel: The nearest major Canadian cities are Calgary to the east and Vancouver to the west. Driving to Retallack on winter highways from these destinations will take you approximately 8 and 10 hours respectively. If you are traveling from the US you may want to consider Spokane, Wash., which is about a five-hour drive from Retallack in winter conditions. Alternatively, you may choose to fly into a regional airport such as Castlegar (approximately a two hour drive during winter), Trail (about a two and a half hour drive) or Kelowna (about a five hour drive).
Basic Package: Retallack offers guided backcountry snowcat skiing and riding, accommodations at Retallack Lodge (based on double or triple occupancy), three gourmet meals, aprés ski hors d’oeuvres, and use of an avalanche transceiver. Packages start with dinner and accommodation on your arrival date and end after your last day of skiing or riding.
Years in Biz: 14
Size of Tenure: 10,000 acres
Snowfall: 7 to 13 meters (25 to 40 feet) annually
Size of Group: 12 guests in one cat, maximum of 24 guests or two cats at any one time