About fifteen years ago some heli-skiing companies began using smaller helicopters to cater to small private groups, thus revolutionizing the industry. Mustang Powder is now utilizing this concept in catskiing. It started six years ago with the introduction of our Small Groups, Steep Chutes program, and now continues with the introduction of our new Small Group Private Cat program.
Yes, it costs more because there are fewer people in the cat. But the benefits will make the upgrade worthwhile:
- Groups will be able to travel through the terrain faster and smoother.
- Loading and unloading the cat will be quicker and easier.
- Groups will be able to ski more runs in a day.
- Guides will be better able to tailor the ski day to the groups ability.
- It is much easier to organize a group of six than a group of twelve.
The lodge experience for the Private Cat guests will be the same as for the large cat guests – with double or single occupancy on our main two guests bedroom floors.
For the 2016/2017 season we expect to offer about 20 Private Group snowcats. In subsequent seasons we would like to expand the program, based on demand, however no existing guests will be forced to change dates or move into Private Cat program. We will be able to create new Private Cat holiday dates only when all the existing guests in a cat do not re-book for the following year (whether they are part of a big group, or come individually).
The dates we will be offering Private Cats will be posted on our Availability page as dates become available. Please keep in mind that this is a Private Cat program, not a a Small Group program. This means that the whole cat will need to be booked by a group of six to seven people – seats will not be sold to individuals expect possibly in the case of a last minute cancellation, at the discretion of the group organizer.
As the current ski season progresses, keep checking the website for dates that open up for next year’s Private Cats. Or better yet, contact us now to express your interest, and we will slot you into a Private Cat when dates open up.