Chatter Creek

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Golden, BC  V0A 1H0
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About Chatter Creek

In the spring of 2005 Chatter Creek was granted a 90 square km addition to its current operating area. We now have 238 square km of skiing terrain to offer. That is almost 7 times the size of Whistler / Blackcomb. All this for 36 guests per tour. Our terrain extends through alpine, glacier, trees, old burns and clear cuts.

Whatever the weather we can normally find great skiing conditions. The peak elevation at Chatter Creek for skiing is just under 10000 feet with most runs between 1500 and 2500 vertical feet. Most of the skiing is above 6000 feet.

Chatter Creek Catskiing is located in South East British Columbia, Canada. Just north of Golden. We have the best Glacier Skiing access for snowcat skiing in North America. Skiing the glaciers at Chatter Creek brings you close to 10000 feet in elevation and gives you incredible views. The treeline at Chatter Creek is at 7000 feet so there is almost 3000 verticle feet of alpine skiing. The lodge is located at 5250 feet.

We have been in operation for 9 years and have 3 snowcats to service 36 guests.

Chatter Creek Quick Facts

The Basics Terrain
Helicopter Trips: Yes
Snowcat Trips: Yes
Years in Business: 9
Capacity Per Trip: 36
Trips Per Season: 33 tours of 3 to 4 days
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 6
Packages start at: $1235.00
Summit: 9,750 Ft / 2,972 M
Base: 5,450 Ft / 1,661 M
Vertical: 4,300 Ft / 1,311 M
Acres: 950,000 Ac / 384,465 Hc
Annual Snow: 160" / 406cm
Season
Starts Around: 12/7/2007
Ends Around: 4/4/2008
The Basics
Helicopter Trips: Yes
Snowcat Trips: Yes
Years in Business: 9
Capacity Per Trip: 36
Trips Per Season: 33 tours of 3 to 4 days
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 6
Packages start at: $1235.00
Terrain
Summit: 9,750 Ft / 2,972 M
Base: 5,450 Ft / 1,661 M
Vertical: 4,300 Ft / 1,311 M
Acres: 950,000 Ac / 384,465 Hc
Annual Snow: 160" / 406cm
Season
Starts Around: 12/7/2007
Ends Around: 4/4/2008

Guide Certifications & Experience

At Chatter Creek we take safety very seriously. Each 12 person group is lead by a ACMG, UIAGM or CSGA qualified lead guide. The lead guide goes through an extensive training program to teach them to safely lead skiers and snowboarders through the mountains.

The last person in the group is the tail guide. The tail guide follows the group making sure every person gets down safely.

Chatter Creek also belongs to Helicat Canada Association. Helicat Canada is an oganization of helicopter and snowcat skiing operators in British Columbia. This organization performs its own internal inspections of members and has rigid bylaws for safety.

Equipment Used

Chatter Creek uses 3 Bombardier snowcats with heated passenger cabs to transport guests through the mountains. Each snowcat carries 12 guest plus their two guides, a lead and tail guide.

All guests are transported to and from our remote lodge by Alpine Helicopters in Golden BC. The flight is about 22 minutes and has some fantastic scenery.

Ski Areas Nearby

In Golden, BC you can get warmed up at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. This is a great way to get your legs ready for the powder.

We are just an hour from Lake Louise and 1.5 hours from Panorama and Sunshine Village

Booking Policy

To book a tour simply contact our office and make a reservation. There is a 25% deposit required at the time of booking to hold the tour. The deposit and final payment can be made by Visa, Mastercard, cheque or bank transfer.

Training & Instruction

Chatter Creek does not groom or maintain any of the runs within our ski area. Guests should be familiar with skiing in the powder and in the trees. Any advanced intermediate skiing should be able to get the hang of skiing the powder at Chatter Creek. The guides are very good at giving instruction to you if you need some pointers.

Packages & Pricing

Chatter Creek offer 3, 4 and 7 day snowcat skiing tours from early December to early April. Our tours begin in Golden at Alpine Helicopters Hanger. Guest are flown by helicopter to the lodge 80 km north of Golden.

Peak Season Tour Rates
3 day tour - $2405 Cdn.
4 day tour - $3105 Cdn.
7 day tour - $5205 Cdn.

The tour costs above include the helicopter transport to and from the lodge, food, lodging, guides and skiing plus all taxes. Retail purchases, alcohol, rental skis and massage are extra.

A tour deposit of 25% of the full tour cost is required at the time of booking. This is to cover any losses in the event of a cancellation. It is non-refundable unless the tour can be rebooked. If the tour is successfully rebooked Chatter Creek will retain $100 per person and will refund the difference.

What's New

In the spring of 2005 Chatter creek recieved a 90 sq km addition to our current 148 sq km ski area. This gives us a total of 238 sq km of terrain. This is almost 7 times the size of Whistler / Blackcomb and all for 36 guests at a time.

In the spring of 2006 Chatter Creek operated a 2 week helicopter skiing trial season from our current lodge. This was to explore a new helicopter skiing area adjacent to our current ski area.

Local Lodging

Our main lodge , Vertebrae Lodge, has 12 sleeping rooms with ensuite baths. Each room has 2 comfortable double beds with duvet. Solitude Lodge has 6 double bedrooms similar to Vertebrae Lodge. The 18200 sq feet of overall space gives us a large bar and games room, spacious dining and living areas, a well-equipped commercial kitchen and quiet areas for reading or relaxing.

All our lodge buildings are built from very large spruce logs, harvested and constructed by the owners on site.