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Great Northern Snowcat Skiing

Shred Deep Pow every day with Catski Canada

Catskiing is gaining momentum as the best way to backcountry in Canada. It’s difficult to describe the sensation of freeriding in the Great White North. So many factors make this special place the most unique in the world: high peaks, versatile terrain, ski areas, world-class infrastructure and massive snowfalls of dry pow. While you can’t exactly predict the weather for your trip, you can minimize the risk of bad conditions ruining your session. By choosing a snowcat trip, you can rest assured that you won’t have any down days.

Can you ski here during COVID-19?

Disclaimer: We're trying our very best to keep up with the latest global travel restrictions. Our updates summarise changes reported by various sources, but with the ever-changing nature of the situation, please take this information as a guide only.

No restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter without or just limited restrictions:
  • Currently there is no data about countries in this group.
Some restrictions
Residents of the following countries can enter, but with specific protocols:
  • Germany

    Entry Restrictions in Canada

    All fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Canada.

    Passengers must have:

    • A negative molecular COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS; or
    • A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most one day before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 5 years;
    • Passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 10 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

    All travelers must submit their information and COVID-19 vaccination certificate electronically, at most 72 hours before arrival, through the ArriveCAN app or online and have an ArriveCAN receipt with letter I, V, or A beside your name.
    The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must show that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival. The certificate must be in English, French or accompanied by a certified English or French translation.
    Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.
    This does not apply to:

    • Nationals of Canada;
    • Permanent residents of Canada;
    • Persons registered under Canada's Indian Act with the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) or the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS);
    • Passengers with an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for compassionate entry;
    • Passengers with a Canadian Refugee Travel Document or a Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada;
    • Passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
    • Passengers with an application for permanent residence. They must have a written notice issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
    • Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival.

    The certificate must be in English or French or be accompanied by a certified translation to English or French.
    Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.

    Passengers could be subject to COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival.

    Updated on April 22nd, 2022

    Germany - Canada Trip Specific Restrictions

    Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed enter Canada.
    Passenger could be subject to COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival.

  • United Kingdom

    Entry Restrictions in Canada

    All fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Canada.

    Passengers must have:

    • A negative molecular COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS; or
    • A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most one day before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 5 years;
    • Passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 10 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

    All travelers must submit their information and COVID-19 vaccination certificate electronically, at most 72 hours before arrival, through the ArriveCAN app or online and have an ArriveCAN receipt with letter I, V, or A beside your name.
    The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must show that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival. The certificate must be in English, French or accompanied by a certified English or French translation.
    Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.
    This does not apply to:

    • Nationals of Canada;
    • Permanent residents of Canada;
    • Persons registered under Canada's Indian Act with the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) or the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS);
    • Passengers with an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for compassionate entry;
    • Passengers with a Canadian Refugee Travel Document or a Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada;
    • Passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
    • Passengers with an application for permanent residence. They must have a written notice issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
    • Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival.

    The certificate must be in English or French or be accompanied by a certified translation to English or French.
    Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.

    Passengers could be subject to COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival.

    Updated on April 22nd, 2022

    UK - Canada Trip Specific Restrictions

    Fully vaccinated foreign nationals may be allowed enter Canada.
    Passenger could be subject to COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival.

  • United States

    Entry Restrictions in Canada

    All fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Canada.

    Passengers must have:

    • A negative molecular COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS; or
    • A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most one day before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 5 years;
    • Passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 10 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

    All travelers must submit their information and COVID-19 vaccination certificate electronically, at most 72 hours before arrival, through the ArriveCAN app or online and have an ArriveCAN receipt with letter I, V, or A beside your name.
    The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must show that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival. The certificate must be in English, French or accompanied by a certified English or French translation.
    Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.
    This does not apply to:

    • Nationals of Canada;
    • Permanent residents of Canada;
    • Persons registered under Canada's Indian Act with the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) or the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS);
    • Passengers with an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for compassionate entry;
    • Passengers with a Canadian Refugee Travel Document or a Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada;
    • Passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
    • Passengers with an application for permanent residence. They must have a written notice issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
    • Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival.

    The certificate must be in English or French or be accompanied by a certified translation to English or French.
    Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.

    Passengers could be subject to COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival.

    Updated on April 22nd, 2022

    USA - Canada Trip Specific Restrictions

    Fully vaccinated passengers traveling from the USA can now enter Canada.
    Passenger could be subject to COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival.

No travel allowed from these countries
Residents of the following countries are currently not allowed to enter:
  • Australia

    Entry Restrictions in Canada

    All fully vaccinated travelers are allowed to enter Canada.

    Passengers must have:

    • A negative molecular COVID-19 test taken at most 72 hours before departure of the last direct flight to Canada. Tests accepted are: CRISPR, Ct, detection of the E gene, detection of the N gene, detection of Orf1a/b, detection of the RdRp gene, detection of the S gene, ddPCR, isothermal amplification, LamPORE, NAAT, NAT, NGS, PCR, qPCR, RNA, RT-LAMP, RT-PCR, sequencing and WGS; or
    • A negative COVID-19 antigen test taken at most one day before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 5 years;
    • Passengers with a positive COVID-19 test taken at least 10 days and at most 180 days before departure of the last direct flight to Canada.

    All travelers must submit their information and COVID-19 vaccination certificate electronically, at most 72 hours before arrival, through the ArriveCAN app or online and have an ArriveCAN receipt with letter I, V, or A beside your name.
    The COVID-19 vaccination certificate must show that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival. The certificate must be in English, French or accompanied by a certified English or French translation.
    Vaccines accepted are AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.
    This does not apply to:

    • Nationals of Canada;
    • Permanent residents of Canada;
    • Persons registered under Canada's Indian Act with the Certificate of Indian Status (CIS) or the Secure Certificate of Indian Status (SCIS);
    • Passengers with an authorization from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) for compassionate entry;
    • Passengers with a Canadian Refugee Travel Document or a Single Journey Document for Resettlement to Canada;
    • Passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
    • Passengers with an application for permanent residence. They must have a written notice issued under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

    Passengers could be subject to quarantine for 14 days.
    This does not apply to:

    • Passengers younger than 12 years traveling with their vaccinated parents/guardians;
    • Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 15 days (day of vaccination + 14 days) before arrival.

    The certificate must be in English or French or be accompanied by a certified translation to English or French.
    Vaccines accepted are: AstraZeneca (Covishield), AstraZeneca (SK Bioscience), AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Covovax, Janssen, Moderna (Spikevax), Nuvaxovid (Novavax), Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty), Sinopharm or Sinovac. A combination of vaccines is accepted.

    Passengers could be subject to COVID-19 molecular test upon arrival.

    Updated on April 22nd, 2022

    Australia - Canada Trip Specific Restrictions

    People living in Australia are currently not able to travel overseas, unless granted an exemption. We'll keep you up-to-date as best as we can with the latest information and changes.

For more information please check our COVID-19 info page or visit the official website
Why Book With Us

LUEX offers the most extensive and best selection of snow trips worldwide.

Provider independence and quality are our mission.

Our goal is that our customers can find the perfect snow trip, tailored to their needs, in one place.

All our experts are surfers and part of the lifestyle.

Our experts know the destinations/spots personally or are in close contact with local skier or suppliers.

We are supplier-independent. We only offer trips that fit the needs of our customers.

We guarantee to beat any price on the market.

It is not cheaper to book directly with the supplier.

We do not charge a fee for our expert advice.

We offer professional booking tools for our customers.

Secure payment functions for all currencies.

Payment options for groups and instalments.

You're talking to real people, not automated chats or bots.

We'll stand up for you when the going gets rough.

We are insiders and want you to enjoy the snow lifestyle as much as we do.

Unbiased, independent, technology driven! We don't own, run or control any of the trips but rather connect travelers with operators/suppliers of once-in-a-lifetime sports travel experiences and products. Your trip - orchestrated according to your taste, budget, style and skill level and backed by our technology-driven booking services and support

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Meet your expert

Our Head of Sales travel is a true board rider. From starting out skating as a kid back home in the UK, to snowboarding in the European Alps and Canada, to chasing waves all across the globe, Mister Jenner has done it all. Now spending his time flipping between the mountains and the ocean, Martin is your go-to guy for Snow Travel and Maldives Surf Trips.

What our customers say

"...It’s a little less intense with a snowcat. It takes longer to get the group to the top, but that’s the time when I can get some rest, chat with the others about the lines we just skied or eat a sandwich. And believe me, you’ll still get to ski from morning til late afternoon and come back to the lodge tired and satisfied. Talking about the lodge, it’s a modern and cozy house with sauna that offers very good food and great atmosphere. I’ll be back next year."

Andrea
(Great Northern Snowcat Skiing)

"That was the best experience EVER! Snowboarding on the fresh powder and enjoying every run. Super satisfied with the 8 runs we did. At the end I was quite tired, but in conditions like these I could another 3 or more runs if it was possible. Crew was great, they really know what are they doing. I recommend it to everyone who wants an ultimate powder day! :)"

Kali
(Powder Mountain Catskiing)

"Canada is simply FANTASTIC. I’m from Seattle and I’ve been coming back to B.C. every winter for a decade. As I have a limited budget, catskiing seems like the best way to shred the best powder without spending life’s savings. This trip stands out. Guiding and terrain are on the highest level, while lodge is a little more basic… but hey! This makes it more affordable than other trips and trust – just as much fun!"

Matthew
(Backcountry Snowcats)

"Island Lake Lodge is professional service. I enjoy comfort lodge much and my friend too. We skied amazing routes, different than Europe Alps. We get all skis, avalanche equipment, guides and it is very good. Great experience, because powder runs are many kinds of terrain and all by snowcat, so if is snowy or clouds we go freeriding too..."

Glaucia
(Island Lake Lodge Catski)

Why you should go Catskiing in Canada

01

Catski affordable for the adventurer

Gorgeous vistas, deep dry powder, and cozy mountain lodges add up to an unforgettable ski trip. But catskiing in Canada has a lot more to offer. Snowcat skiing is perfect for skiers and snowboarders who want to experience all the extreme terrain and wide-open spaces Canada is famous for, but at a much more affordable price than heliskiing. Catskiing is pure value for many, and a much more laid-back travel style, without all the hassles of heliskiing or the crowds of resort skiing.

No matter where you choose to go snowcat skiing or snowboarding, you can almost guarantee that you’ll get the most vertical for your money. Snowcats don’t have to be grounded for bad weather days, while this is the risk of heliskiing trips. And because it’s much more economical for snowcat operators to provide you with a full day’s worth of skiing, you’ll have more time on the slopes and less time waiting for a ride or sitting out bad weather.

02

A great alternative to heli skiing

Snowcat skiing has long been thought of as the “little sister” to heli skiing. And although heliskiing ticks a lot of boxes for backcountry enthusiasts, there are excellent reasons to choose snowcat skiing, beyond just saving money.

For those eco-conscious skiers and boarders, snowcat skiing has a lesser impact on the environment than its helicopter alternative. It’s also known for offering a more relaxed travel experience, starting from the beginning of your day, when you don’t have to worry about the long list of safety rules for riding in a helicopter. It’s a cozy ride from bottom to top, with relaxed trips up the hill between runs. Crank some tunes instead of listening to the roar of a helicopter, and enjoy a few snacks, warm drinks and a little conversation with friends, old and new.

03

Canada is the wild west of catskiing

There’s no place like Canada for catskiing. From the cozy and luxurious lodges to the well-developed catskiing tenures and of course, the epic terrain, cat skiing in Canada is sure to be the trip of a lifetime. Canadian catski operators are known as some of the best in the business, with decades of experience developing the best routes. These legends offer the highest level of service and are among the world’s elite guides for anyone new to catskiing.

Canada is the “wild west” of skiing, welcoming all types of powder cowboys, and offering a much different atmosphere than Europe. In this vast, beautiful country, you’ll find plenty of fresh powder, untracked slopes and incredible views at every turn. In many ways, Canada is the ultimate skiing destination. What Hawaii or Indo is for surfers, Canada is for powder hounds: the biggest mountains, best snow and some of the most expansive terrain you’ll find anywhere on the planet.

04

Endless budget and travel options for Catski Canada

LUEX offers more catskiing trips in Canada than you’ll find anywhere else in the world and we have a great selection to choose from perfect for families, couples, solo travellers and groups. We understand everyone is different and know how to tailor a trip for anyone – from party people to ski bums.

Catski trips in Canada also come in every price range, with multiple budget options available for any wallet weight. Of course, choices are even broader for those interested in a medium to luxury-priced trip. Our catski trips are best suited to intermediate to pro skiers and riders with mostly steep terrain, tree runs, and open chutes and bowls. But it doesn’t mean newbies need to stay on the bunny hill, with guides able to hunt down friendlier terrain for less advanced riders. Adventure, luxury, and endless champagne powder: you can have it all with a catski trip in Canada.

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