Brundage Cat Skiing
Written by Greg and Heather Burke • Oct 14, 2014
Brundage Mountain Resort in central Idaho offers 1,500 acres of terrain, plus 19,000 acres of backcountry snow cat skiing. Brundage is blessed with up to 400 inches of snow each winter. They even trademarked "the most snow in Idaho"!
Brundage’s summit is 7,640’ with 1,800’ vertical of snow filled glade runs and luxuriously groomed corduroy trails. Brundage is open from Thanksgiving thru mid-April.
Add to your Idaho vacation a half day of cat skiing, or better yet, a full day of guided snow cat skiing. You will have your own private snow cat as your coach limo for the day, two expert guides, fat skis, and a catered lunch in a mountain top yurt. Run after run of pristine powder awaits you, the Payette National Forest is your playground for the day. Between each run, you rumble back up the mountain in the cozy cat cabin with your ski mates and your guide who explains your next descent. By the day's end, you will also have new ski buddies and a powder eating grin.
Cat skiing is far less costly than heli skiing, without the pricey jet fuel and a star helicopter. Other advantages of cat skiing over heli skiing is less concern over weather - you can cat ski in heavy precipitation, snow, wind and fog, when helicopters can't fly and you are grounded. Because cat skiing is usually around tree level, there is less concern for avalanches than in helicopter skiing (there is still danger in cat skiing, but it is less pronounced given the terrain). Cat skiing often has more lenient age restrictions, kids can cat ski at Brundage with their parent's permission, it's rare that heli ski operations allow children - because of all the safety protocol and concerns involved in flying in a chopper, entering and exiting a helicopter, and skiing in more avalanche prone territory.
Brundage Ski Resort is located in the charming Idaho resort town of McCall on Payette Lake and offers great Idaho snow and skiing. After a day of cat skiing, you will be ready for the hot tub overlooking the Lake. For luxurious lodging in McCall, The Shore Lodge offers all suite lodging, a lake view restaurant, a lounge with après ski specials, and a full service spa on the resort property, plus a steamy outdoor hot tub.