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“Outstanding snowcat operation!”

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing
Ranked #22 of 28 things to do in Revelstoke
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Owner description: Have you ever dreamed of floating effortlessly over acres of virgin powder then dropping spectacularly into a treed bowl of equally untouched terrain? For 31 years Great Northern Snowcat Skiing has been bringing those dreams to life. Since 1979, GREAT NORTHERN has strived to provide a quality wilderness skiing experience for our valued guests.We are passionate and focused on maximizing the uniqueness of our operation with highly personalized service and a refreshing attitude towards the ski vacation experience. Distinguished by our individuality, Great Northern’s exclusive “boutiqueness” offers a smaller, more personalized backcountry skiing alternative. By choice, we operate only one state-of-the art passenger snowcat, with just one group of 16 skiers per week. Our signature service from friendly and professional reservation, mountain and lodge staff guarantees our guests' comforts and well-being are first and foremost. With 45 square miles of pristine terrain and over 600 inches of snow annually, Great Northern skiers experience a truly unique sense of intimacy and adventure in the heart of the majestic Selkirk Mountains of British Columbia.
Reviewed January 7, 2018

We spent three wonderful days powder skiing with friends at this operation, which is based in a very rural area of the Selkirk Mountains. It is about a 1 3/4 hour drive from Revelstoke; this includes a ferry across a lake which takes about 20 minutes (ferries leave on the hour from the Revelstoke side and on the half hour from the other side). The lodge is at relatively low elevation (<1000 meters) while most of the skiing is done between 1700-2100 m. The food is excellent and plentiful including a hearty breakfast, snacks and lunch during the day while skiing, more snacks (including many raw vegetables and protein) after skiing, and a fine 4 course dinner at 6:30 pm each day. The lodge has a large, challenging pool table, a ping pong table, and darts. There is a variety of terrain for skiing and snowboarding. The guides can break groups up, if desired, to allow those who desire to ski more extreme runs. However, on average, the runs are manageable even for advanced intermediate skiers. Overall highly recommended!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank David H
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Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

We had a group of buddies go for 3 days, had over a meter of fresh before we arrived and another 50cm while we were there. Some of the best boarding I've ever done but not enough runs/day. Large group (16) and long traverses made for pretty slow going when most runs requires 15-30 min treks to start. Food was amazing and lodge was good but for $1000/day I want more vert/ day. Definitely more geared towards skiers.

Date of experience: March 2017
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Reviewed January 14, 2017

Just returned from another wonderful week at GN. The new owners expressed a strong desire to preserve the magic Brent has created and maintained over the last 30 years. He took what mother nature created here and turned it into a sustainable business that has kept many of us returning year-after-year. Thanks Brent !

As always, you can expect phenomenal light powder, great terrain, safety conscious guides and great food. Fortunately, the new management team from Norquay knows Brent, has skiied GN and is interested in making the experience better, not different.

Our guides Patrick and Elliel did a great job picking runs, back at the lodge Lucie made us feel perfectly at home while Janine kept us more than well-fed. Thanks to all the fine, dedicated staff and the new management team for another great ski week at GN !

Date of experience: January 2017
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Reviewed March 19, 2016

We came on our second visit this year (March 2016), and boy did we hit the jackpot. We had 6 days of storm skiing. Most of a metre of snow came down and we had light fluffy powder the entire time. Brent, Pat, and Ellial managed to find the best lines safe from any slides. The terrain at GNSS is the best around. Rolling hills, wide bowls, steep trees. The glades are some of the best I have ever skied with good natural spacing between the trees. Luckily, we got to ski the frontside burn (old fire zone) this year, which is a magical place. As usual, the hospitality, company, and food was fantastic. And when we accidentally left ski pants behind, Billie-Lou overnight couriered them to our hotel in Vancouver. It is a long way to come from NZ, but definitely worth it.

We will definitely be back. Thanks Brent for a fantastic operation.
David and Sara, Auckland, New Zealand

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed February 2, 2016

I`ve been with GN for the past 4 years. It would be hard to spend winter somewhere else than here. Always looking forward to catch up with returning guests ...meeting new ones...

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank Sandy B
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