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Cat skiing company KPOW has put the Fortress Mountain area in Kananaskis Country back in the game.

KPOW your powder habit
Deep in Kananaskis Country, on the slopes of the old Fortress Mountain Resort, a start-up cat-skiing operation is rapidly becoming very popular.

KPOW president Joey O’Brian has surrounded himself with seasoned ski and operations veterans, and together they have found what appears to be a niche market for the area.

Cat-Skiing for $375 per day, only an hour’s drive from Calgary, is going over very well. So good, in fact, that except for a couple of openings, the cat is otherwise solidly booked for the next two to three months. Not bad considering this is only their second season getting the Fortress area back in the game.

And, a picture on the front page of Ski Canada Magazine doesn’t hurt. But on top that exposure, you have to deliver, and between operations and mother-nature, KPOW has done that and more. If you are fortunate enough to head up for a ride this year, you’re in for a treat. Usually a day consists of 10-14 runs and so far all of them have been in virgin powder.

For powder stashes like this, there’s a suggested minimum width for skis (fat skis), just in case yours don’t match the criteria, a dozen pairs of demos await you.

I have fond memories of blazing trails in the Fortress area, but that was years ago when the ski resort was fully operating. It sounds like the new KPOW team is not only running the cat, but actively working to bring the entire resort back to full operation.

Considering Fortress is located right in a powder belt, that’s the best news I’ve heard this winter.


Ski-In Ski-Out 10-pin bowling
Silver Star Resort near Vernon, BC recently added a new attraction to keep their guests entertained–a four-lane ten pin bowling alley with state of the art computerized scoring. The alley is now open during the day for skiers and snowboarders and in the evening for their on-mountain resort guests.

Unless it’s raining or 30 below, I don’t think you’ll ever find me there but I’m sure their guests will make good use of the new attraction.

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