Barely Scratching the Surface of Selkirk Snowcat Skiing’s Big Beautiful Terrain


Phoenix, the resident Bernese mountain dog at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing, greets us with something between a bark and a celebratory howl. Much like Selkirk’s West Kootenays tenure, Phoenix is big, beautiful, and friendly to all shredders. Though he doesn’t ski, this dog’s life is nonetheless enviable: he makes 24 new friends at Meadow Mountain Lodge every week—the maximum number of guests skiing or riding at one time in Selkirk’s terrain, almost double the size of Whistler Blackcomb.

by Ned Morgan   ::   photos by Glen Harris

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Jon Burak charges through gladed pillows.

Just once during our on-mountain time did we encounter the other guests, swooping down a chute so far in the distance they were less than gnat-sized. This is a portion of Kootenay mountain powder so generous that even in the 5 day/6 night package offered by SSS, you will barely scratch the surface.


Liam Osak, son of SSS owners Paul and Megan Osak, carves the sunny slopes above the lowland cloud cover.

The ML crew spent three powder-infused days at Selkirk, our guides leading us into countless pillowy glades, uncarved bowls, and joyous runouts. The snow quality here is evident by the fact that when we arrive it hasn’t snowed for almost a week, but our guides have no trouble finding freshies for us all day, every day.


Jon Burak samples some fine Kootenay powder thanks to Selkirk Snowcat Skiing.

Stay tuned this fall for our in-depth profile of the personalities and terrain of Selkirk Snowcat Skiing.


18-year-old Liam Osak is a solid skier. He’s going for his guiding certificate next year and will probably be running SSS one day.