Fortress Mountain Development Group Launches KPOW! Cat Skiing Adventures
K-Country’s Best Bet for Fresh Tracks, Deep Powder and No lift Lines
Calgary, AB – With plenty of winter still ahead, Fortress Mountain is pleased to announce the launch of KPOW! – Kananaskis Country’s first and only cat ski experience. Running just four days a week, powder-seekers will have the opportunity own Fortress Mountain for the day and explore the closed alpine resort, famous for its snow quality and tree-skiing. Each tour accommodates a maximum of 14 participants to ensure the best possible snow conditions – all accessed from the comfort of a luxurious snow cat.
“Fortress KPOW cat skiing is our chance once again share the incredible alpine skiing and snowboarding at Fortress Mountain,” says Joey O’Brien, President of Fortress Mountain. “The experience allows skiers and snowboarders with intermediate to expert skills to explore the vast mountain terrain that is available on our lease.
A one-day individual tour costs $350/person, $300/person to book the entire cat, or $3,000 for 10 passes this season. Last minute 48-hour bookings are also at $300/person. The average day of cat skiing includes transportation from the valley bottom to the staging area, unlimited runs (based on weather & daylight hours), avalanche beacon and lunch. Detailed information, scheduling and booking is now available at www.kpow.ca or by calling 403-808-5972.
Throughout the remaining 2012 season private lessons, ladies-only days, no board days (snowboarding without bindings) and full moon snow shoeing cat tours will be also offered. 2012-2013 schedules and ongoing development plans for Fortress Mountain will be released as they are confirmed.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is Fortress Mountain Resort open again?
Fortress is open only for cat skiing. We have been working on the Fortress project for almost 48 months and it will take a few more years to get through the development permit process to expand to a greater capacity. Cat skiing is what we can do in the mean time. More info will come out as details are confirmed. Follow our Facebook page for updates: www.facebook.com/kpownow
How long have you been doing this?
Fortress Mountain has be an active alpine resort since 1967. In the last four seasons Fortress Mountain Holdings has owned the lease and is in the midst of a long development process. Our staff are among the most senior and experienced in the industry, with an average industry experience of 25 years.
How much snow does Fortress Mountain get?
Fortress receives an average of 600 to 900 cms of snow annually. Even among Fortress veterans, we are always amazed at the transition from the somewhat dry Kananaskis valley at 1,200 meters to the base of Fortress at 2,000 meters. Spring months typically have the heaviest snowfall with upslope storms!
What is the terrain like?
There are open bowls, glades, and untouched powder fields on a variety of aspects. Fortress is most famous for its glade skiing. The steepness ranges from 20-45 degrees. Each run is unique and can accommodate those who want to let it rip on wide-open terrain, or ski the great snow in gladed areas. Run choices are based on the ability of the group and the best snow conditions.
What are the ability and age requirements?
For snow skiing and boarding, strong intermediate to expert skiers, telemarkers, and snowboarders are all welcome. You must be comfortable in at least a foot of fresh snow, variable conditions, as well as gladed tree terrain. The usual minimum age is 14— cat skiing can be an amazing learning experience for a young person.
What are the safety precautions?
We have one of the most experienced and highest certified Avalanche Forecasters in Alberta (see staff resumes). In our daily briefings the forecasters will identify “red” and “ green” zones that the ski/snowboard leaders follow. The avalanche forecasters and first aid staff are at the resort during the day to assist the ski groups and monitor snow conditions and safety. Our ski/snowboard leaders are therefore focused on the guest experience. They have a wealth of experience in the mountains and a dedication to the enjoyment and safety of our guests. Guest safety is our number one priority on Fortress Mountain.
How do I get a discount?
Our discount price is $300 per person/day.
There are three ways to receive this:
1. Book an entire cat of 14 seats. You will be guaranteed exclusivity and the entire mountain will be yours. *Note: we will need one point of contact and credit card for the booking.
2. Purchase a book a 10 day “Catcard”. These are totally exchangeable between people, and the only limitation is seat availability.
3. Purchase an available seat within the last 48 hours before the day’s activity. If you have a lot of flexibility with your time, check our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on large snowfalls and weather conditions (we can be up to 20 degrees Celsius warmer than in Calgary).
How many runs/vertical feet can be done in a day?
We don’t put a limit on this—we will do as much as we can, all depending on factors like weather conditions, the length of the runs we choose and the number of daylight hours (as Spring approaches we can sneak in more runs). *Unlike many heli-skiing companies, we do not have a policy requiring you pay more if you get more than a certain amount of vertical feet.
For more FAQs please visit our website: www.kpow.ca
A TYPICAL DAY OF KPOW! CAT SKIING
Fortress is 1 hour from the Western edge of Calgary. Travel west on the Trans Canada Highway (#1). Take the highway 40 exit at the Stoney Nakoda Casino and travel 45 kms. (note – 18 km past the Nakiska exit)
At the Gas Plus station turn right onto the Fortress Mountain Access road.
Travel 400 meters and park.
8:30 a.m. Get on the Cat Skiing access bus.
9:00 a.m. We do the driving up the access road in our bus. This is when everyone will get to know each other.
9:15 a.m. Arrive at garage area and meet the team. We’ll collect the waivers, go over important safety instructions, distribute transceivers and give you a morning snack.
9:30 a.m. Transceiver demo & cat safety briefing.
9:45 a.m. Load up equipment & guests in cat. Time to go!
10:00 a.m. Ski/snowboarding time! The first two runs used to evaluate everyone’s abilities and warm up; the ski leader will determine appropriate runs to ski for the day. At the start of each run the ski leader details run conditions, run restrictions, and end of run meeting point. Snacks and water are available on the cat while it carries you back to the top for another great ride.
12:00 p.m. Lunch. We have several locations to choose from based upon weather. Cold day lunches will be in the shop so everyone can warm up.
12:30 p.m. We’ll continue charging our way back to the next fresh line, experiencing new runs, taking photos and videos along the way.
* Last run will start no later than 45 minutes prior to dusk.
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (variable) Transportation back to shop via snow cat.
4:30 p.m. Wrap up, load everyone and their equipment into bus.
5:00 p.m. Tired KPOW-ers are delivered back to their cars at the valley bottom.