Freeride Chronicles – Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

Posted By: Freeride Chronicles on February 17, 2016 4:17 pm

The Freeride Chronicles Media crew stopped in at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing in Meadow Creek, BC the last couple of days of January. Selkirk has a long history of serving up deep powder experiences to riders for more than 40 years. In fact, Selkirk Snowcat Skiing was the first cat skiing operation starting the business in 1975 and with that they were able to chose the best location to set up their operation.

Today, Selkirk has new owners. The husband and wife duo, Paul and Megan Ozak, are taking the operation to the next level. Selkirk Snowcat Skiing offers a 6 night lodging/5 day skiing packages each week. They keep the numbers to only 24 guests per week for a more intimate experience.

Our crew on this trip was made up of Chuck Patterson, Bob Legasa, Tommy Frey and Tim Sorenson and we had a couple newbies join the group for this adventure former Freestyle Champion Tom Hathaway, Photographer Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Conger all who were jonsing to get after it since there was over 14″ of fresh from the previous day!

The Freeride Media Posse

The Freeride Media Posse

Day 1 our guide Stefan brought us into some of the steepest, gladed trees most of us have ever skied. It seemed there were numerous slots that were 1000 feet of vert with lines everywhere. Heaven!!!

Matt Conger blasting by videographer Tim Sorenson

Matt Conger blasting by videographer Tim Sorenson

Chuck Patterson exiting the White Room at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

Chuck Patterson exiting the White Room at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing

Day 2 was filled with much of the same from day 1 but the sun graced us with it’s presence for a short while so we focused on cranking out shots while the light was epic. As quickly as the sun made it’s appearance, it disappeared but only after we were able to capture some gorgeous video and photos. Boy, what a difference Blue sky and sun makes for the morale and imagery.

Bluebird skies and Deep powder for Bob Legasa at Selkirk.

Bluebird skies and Deep powder for Bob Legasa at Selkirk.

Working it in the sun!

Working it in the sun!

Chuck Patterson leaving a Vapor trail against the Blue Sky

Chuck Patterson leaving a Vapor trail against the Blue Sky

With over 40 years of service under their belts the network of Selkirk’s cat roads is extensive and beautifully laid out bringing riders to terrain from mellow to sporty lines and everything in between as we experienced a wide variety of terrain on Day 3.

Our Chariot

Our Chariot

Photog Ryan Zimmer getting in on the action!

Photog Ryan Zimmer getting in on the action!

Throughout the entire day the sun was playing peek-a-boo with us. It seemed every time we were riding back up in the cat it was sunny outside and the second we clicked into our gear the clouds would hide the sun. Oh well, we had decent light and the snow was epic!

Chuck Patterson dropping off

Chuck Patterson dropping off

Blasting through the glades

Blasting through the glades

The three days at Selkirk were probably some of the best conditions and tree skiing we have done so far this season. We lucked out with conditions and having great guides who know the area so well with that combo we were able to capture an incredible experience at Selkirk Snowcat Skiing.

Hathaway all smiles!

Hathaway all smiles!

Here’s a video recap of our adventure.

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A former member of the United States Freestyle ski team, Bob Legasa combined his passion for skiing, outdoors and storytelling and created Freeride Media. Bob has won numerous Society of Photo Journalism Awards and a highly coveted Emmy Award. With over 25 years as a professional Freestyle skier Bob has taken his knowledge of the sport into a variety of different fields including, Television, journalism, coaching, and event management. Bob's passion for skiing can be seen on The Freeride Chronicles Together with his wife Jane of 21 years Bob has two beautiful girls Alli and Hannah. The entire family loves to ski and they can be found most every winter weekend skiing at Schweitzer Mountain.


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