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Friday, September 24, 2004

Cat Skiing: The Way it Works

Backcountry Guiding for Cat Skiing
While sheparding their group and keeping it together, guides are expert at finding “lines” to challenge more competent skiers/riders while leading others on a more “mellow” path.

Guides set the bounds on every run leaving guests ample opportunity to find “fresh tracks”. Safety is always the first priority. When the guide says, "'Don't ski to the left of my track", there is usually a good reason. With faster groups, the guide is likley to say, "Cheers, see you at the bottom." Guests fan out behind, finding their own "lines". The second guide, the "tailgunner" is always behind, watchfull and ready to help. In the trees, a "buddy" system is used and guests ski in pairs. Where the guide stops, everyone stops too. Skiing below the guide is not encouraged!