British Columbia is well known as the world’s premier destination for snowcat skiing and riding. Owing to the spectacular backcountry and ridiculously great snow, there are now over 20 operations serving powder all winter long in BC. So what sets Valhalla Powdercats apart from all the rest?
Simply put: it’s the terrain, terrain, terrain. Skiing or riding in the Valhalla Mountains is a most compelling, addictive experience that keeps people yearning for more, year after year. Our clients continue to rave about the engaging and varied mix of terrain that we offer, from steep, uninterrupted fall lines to dreamy pillow fields and expansive alpine bowls. With aggressive fall lines and fabled old growth tree skiing, Valhalla is primarily suited to advanced and expert skiers.
Secondly – it’s the abundance of prime snow. Valhalla Powdercats is located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains and is renowned for having some of the lightest, most consistent powder in the world. We receive up to 13 metres (40 ft) of snow per year that blankets our glades, meadows and tree runs. With only 2 snowcats sharing over 21,000 acres of terrain (that’s 6 times the size of Whistler/Blackcomb) we have more than enough untracked powder to go around.
Since the purchase of Valhalla, owner Patric Maloney has been obsessed with an incessant need to constantly improve the product. The guest expectations and wishes are our yardstick for innovation and change and we strive to meet those demands with a continued commitment toward terrain expansion, new equipment, and a diligent focus on current safety standards and practices.
Our snowcats are the cream of the crop: the Piston Bully 400. They offer a faster ride than other models, resulting in more skiing for you at the end of the day. The ride is smooth, and with ipod docks and new seats in back, the rest between runs is a welcome retreat. We cater to all food needs, and provide fresh, homemade lunches and snacks through out the day, as your appetite desires.
We offer a range of trip options, from single to multi day packages. Most cat operations are lodge-based in the mountains– which means the prices can often rival those of heli skiing. Valhalla is based out of Nelson, BC, a charming heritage city with a large selection of accommodation to choose from. Our multi day trips include a hot breakfast, lunch, work out centre with pool, a $10 bar voucher, and accommodation at the Prestige Lakeside and Convention Centre right on Kootenay Lake. We also offer heli/cat combo trips - the Kootenay Sampler – which includes heli skiing at Snowwater, our sister company, Whitewater Resort, and a visit to Ainsworth hot springs!
Finally, Valhalla Powdercats is wonderfully unique. It is a company bursting with personality and character. Most of our staff have chosen the Kootenays not only because of the captivating beauty of the mountains and rivers, but because of a slower, more organic way of living. They return year after year to a job that has become a way of life, and one they are proud of. Our staff can work and play in their own backyard, and return home to their families at the end of the day. It makes for happy employees.
“What an epic time, snow was the best I have ever had! Great crew made for an unforgettable trip!”
“The best riding around, great guides & runs! Well done Valhalla!”
Carmen Philleps – Edmonton, AB
“Deep pow, sweet terrain & perfect weather... Thanks Valhalla crew!”
Romy and Mark – Boise, ID
“Unreal! So much fun, powder turns galore! Thanks for the hootin' & hollerin'!”
M.Bratsafolis – New York NY
“I was captivated by the almost mystical poetry of your terrain! Just wonderful!”
John Schultz – Mad River Glen, VT
“Fantastic! My first ever cat skiing – perfect weather, great snow, fantastic guides! Loved it!”
M.Wood – Calgary, AB
“This was simply awesome!! Great terrain, great people and great snow!! BIG thanks to everyone!”
Jarger B. - Norway
“HUGE terrain! Love it! Much appreciated... keep up the good work guys!”
S.S. - Abomosu, Ghana
“In one run we skied everything from mellow alpine pow to natural halfpipes and cliffs...”
John P. - Colorado