Big Red Cats based at the bottom of Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, British Columbia offers Kids who are twelve and older the opportunity to experience cat skiing for their first time. This is a great first step introductory into backcountry powder skiing. The runs are normally in the 20 degree range with very little risk of an avalanche, so the riders feel comfortable quickly. This is a great start even if you have not had much powder skiing experience.
Our snowcat consisted of a small group of riders all between the ages of 12 and 17 who had never experienced cat skiing. To say these young first timers were excited is an understatement! As parents our worries were quickly put as ease as we saw how the guides put safety first from the moment the kids arrived at the Big Red Cats pick up point. It all starts with a safety and transceiver lesson preparing the kids for the first powder experience.
Our day started with some gentle, wide open runs and quickly moved up to some easy glades with widely spaced trees. Throughout the day the guides gave the kids powder skiing tips and a helpful hand after the occasional fall. By the end of the day, the kids were skiing some advanced runs linking one powder turn after another even getting a few first time face shots.
These kids are hooked for life and can’t wait to get back up to Big Red Cats for the next powder skiing adventure.
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