Backcountry Cat Ski
& Yurt Trips
– Arrive at the Lodge: 8:30 AM
– Return to the Lodge: 4:30 PM
– Everyone must sign a waiver, sign online before you arrive to save time.
We constantly ski and monitor snow & avalanche conditions in the cat ski area. If there is cause for concern, we will reach out as soon as adequate information is available – typically no less than 72 hours prior to your trip. If you don’t hear from us, your trip will proceed as planned.
Attention Cat Skiers & Boarders!
We are very excited that you will join us for a trip through one of Idaho’s few and Soldier’s very own cat ski areas. To maximize time on the slopes and have the best experience possible, we need to discuss a few important subjects.
First off, we must start on time; we need everyone to **arrive at the lodge at 8:30 AM** and be ready to leave by 9 AM. Upon arrival, we will review all the pre-trip information and ensure everyone has the proper gear and the opportunity to buy snacks. Don’t worry about water; we will have bottled water in the cat. If you bring your own avalanche gear, our guides will go over it with you and make sure everything is set up correctly. If you do not have your own equipment, we will provide it.
After everyone is geared up, we will head to the lifts! After we disembark at the top of The Bird’s Eye chairlift, we’ll board the boxcat and head to the yurt for a safety briefing. Our safety briefing will cover avalanches, avalanche beacons, tree wells, and rescues for tree wells and avalanches. Although we don’t anticipate any avalanches, and our guides do everything in their power to keep us safe, we need to be prepared for everything. After the last checks, it’s time to let the fun begin!
We will conclude your trip and arrive back at the lodge at approximately 4 PM. At that point, we will collect gear and debrief. Enjoy some food and grab a drink; then, we want to hear the highlights and discuss any questions and comments you may have.
For those who will be staying in the yurt, please read the following:
You will need to provide your own food (unless you have made arrangements for catering), beverages, clothing, sleeping bags, pillows, first aid supplies, and any other winter gear required for sleeping in a wilderness yurt. Your belongings will be transported to the yurt upon arrival.
Our yurt is fully stocked with bowls, plates, coffee cups, wine glasses, hand towels, cutting boards, cheese shredder, egg beaters, stirring and mixing spoons, spatulas, chopping knives, silverware, paper towels, toilet paper, matches, can openers, oven mitts, trash bags, aluminum foil, Clorox, scrub pads, four-burner propane stove, wood-burning stove, BBQ grill, a large table with plastic and folding chairs, solar light, fire extinguisher, hand sanitizer, bunk beds for 12 people with pads but not bedding. There is also an outhouse and firewood. You can melt snow on the stove in metal pans for water or bring your own.
If you have any questions at any time, please reach out to us at Soldier, and we will do our best to help.