The Best Cat Skiing Destinations in North America: Lake Island Cat Skiing

Whether it’s steep shots, luxe adventure, or family fun you’re after, cat skiing is one of the best ways to carve untracked lines

Jan 30, 2013
Outside Magazine
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Island Lake powder day.    Photo: Intersection Photos


With 2,600-vertical-foot runs and an annual 470 inches of snow, it’s hard to believe the skiing isn’t the best part about Island Lake. Located nine miles from Fernie, the facilities include a full spa with massage therapists, bedrooms with soaker tubs, and a bar that serves local beers like Ol’ Willy Wit, a Belgian white ale. You can’t beat elk osso bucco with truffle polenta in the Ancient Timbers dining room while you gaze up at the lines you skied on the Lizard Range’s 7,000 acres of terrain. From $730 per day; includes lodging, meals, avalanche safety equipment, and gear rental.