Chatter Creek, BC

March 25th - 30th, 2019

Kate Howe’s Powder Playground Camp at Chatter Creek

Thanks to LEKI, all Registered Campers get a free pair of LEKI adjustable poles and gloves. Each camper also gets a swag bag including goodies from Strafe Outerwear, POC, Marker, RollerBlade, Kulkea boot bags, Costa Sunglasses, and more!
Dates: March 25 - 30, 2019 
Total Price: $5,678.00 - Full cat all to ourselves, private photographer with us for the whole trip, 10 Spots available, Nonrefundable $2839.00 deposit.

Want to know what Chatter is like? TGR Films just filmed there!

TGR Crushed it in March 2017, here's the trailer for their new film, Rogue Elements.

Chatter Creek 2018 was a huge hit

Congratulations to Alan Wagner for winning Marker Bindings in our "getting after it" prize. Kieran Mc Cameron for winning the jacket from Strafe Outerwear for our "Ride with Style" price and Tsuguo Shintani for winning the POC helmet and googles for "coachability and willingness" on the first day. Congrats to all the campers, can't wait to get after it again next season!

If you love to ski fluffy champagne powder, if you love incredible mountain vistas that will blow you away, if you want to take catapult your skiing or snowboarding to the next level then joining Kate Howe on her annual Chatter Creek trip is a must.Kate is a master ski instructor who always puts the needs of the client first and always creates a joyful atmosphere.

She has an incredible knack to zero in on exactly what each of us joining her group needs to immediately improve their skiing and skiing experience. She explains the optimal cutting-edge technique in a way that is easily understood and easily implemented.

I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of ski pros and have found Kate to be one of the very best.Not only is the mountain experience, coaching and skiing/snowboarding phenomenal but the Chatter Creek Lodge experience is equally amazing, especially considering the remoteness of the lodge itself.

The accommodations are clean, comfortable and cozy. The staff is incredibly friendly and always anticipating and providing for all our needs pre- and post-skiing.

The food is delicious and dinner is a fine dining experience every night. With three full-time massage therapists available at the lodge along with a morning yoga stretching class you will always feel refreshed and ready to play again in this powder mecca.

I cannot recommend this trip enough, it is a bucket list experience for anyone who loves to ski/snowboard in a winter paradise.

-Alan Wagner
Cat skiing Chatter Creek’s vast playground of steeps, drops, rolls, old growth trees, gullies and pillows in waist-deep powder sounds like a dream. It can also be frustrating an intimidating without a coach by your side. How do you learn to improve in the moment? How can you keep up with the group, have fun, and still try new things?

Kate Howe’s Powder Playground camp at Chatter Creek to the rescue! Now, venture into deeper, steeper powder with great coaching by your side. Through afternoon Q and A, video analysis, tech talks, and on snow, real time tips and tricks, watch your skiing and riding improve dramatically!

What about slowing down the group? Isn’t instruction a lot of talking? Good question! We like to ski when we are on the snow, not talk. Kate has been coaching powder skiing in both Heli and Cat operations for a decade, and trust us, she likes to rip the pow rather than talk about it.

Tech talk and most instruction comes in the cat in between runs, with a focus for you at the top, and a review at the bottom. In the afternoons, video review and tech questions will help continue to clear up technical foundations, enabling you to ski with more ease and less frustration or fear on the next run.

Short tips will be given along the way to individual students, never lectures on snow.

I’m not good with tech stuff. It’s not the complicated, is it? No, actually, it’s not. Kate and Jon make it a point to be concise, clear and specific, and to teach you in the way you most want to be taught. This is an intensive, we only have four days to get you ripping, so we will offer a lot, but you only take what works for you.

I’m a good skier, I don’t need basic foundation stuff. Guess what? We ALL need basic foundation stuff! And lots of time, the better you are at skiing, the more a deeper understanding and practice of fundamental skills makes you and even better skier! All athletes have coaches. Don’t cheat yourself out of an opportunity to enjoy the sport you love even more!

Kate’s camp is all-inclusive: Early morning yoga and meditation to get you focused, loose and ready, on snow quick tips, in cat clarifications, apres ski beer and tech talk, and video analysis of your skiing or riding. Also included are three days of skiing, pick-up at the Calgary airport, a stay at the Westin Calgary on either end of the trip, all instruction, insurance, and transport to and from Donald Heliport, as well sponsor gear, prizes, and a camp t-shirt.

Kate believes anything you love to do is more fun when you are good at it. Kate is a huge proponent of pushing your boundaries... but believes that you are moving the boundaries yourself through skill aquisition. Rather than just being more ok with feeling more scared and more out of controll as you test yourself on steeper and more technical terrain, Kate belives strongly in bringing skill set up, giving you a solid foundation that you know you can trust so you can truly rip with a sense of freedom, compitence and joy in terrain you could only dream about previously.

Kate is an examiner for PSIA-RM, a trainer for the Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen/Snowmass, a WFR, holds an AIARE Avalanche Cert 2 among other numerous qualifications. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and worked as the assistant to Saraswathi Jois (Ashtanga, Mysore, India), as well as a certified Massage Therapist who specializes in neck, back, and shoulder pain, manual therapies for sports excellence, and asian therapies.


Arrive at Calgary airport before 6: 00 PM local time. Airport transfers available between 9:00 am and 6:00 PM. Meeting point at the airport: outside door 16 for international arrivals.

Check-in at The Westin Calgary (1 night).
Welcome dinner at Cactus Club Cafe, 7:00 PM.
Breakfast at the delicious OEB Breakfast Co across the street, and then hit the road for a beautiful drive through Banff National Park, through the town of Golden, to the Heliport in Donald.
Check-in, and catch the 2:00 pm Heli transfer to the beautiful remote lodge. Check in, get a massage, get your skis set up, find your ski locker, get a briefing, head to the bar and the hot tub!
Enjoy a great meal in the evening and cat skiing the next morning.
7:00 am Stretch and warm up
7:30 am Breakfast
8:00 am Dress for skiing
8:30 am Load cats
8:30 - 3:30 pm Ski pow all day with coaching in the cat
3:30-4:30 pm Shower and wind down
4:30 pm Tech-talk in the living room with video review
5:30 pm Optional post ski yoga or massage
6:30 pm Dinner
Ski all day. Take the last Heli flight back to Donald, drive back to the Westin Calgary (1 night).

Farewell dinner.
Early morning drive back to the airport for return flights home. Hotel-Airport transfers available for departures before 10:00 AM.


  • Helmet
  • Warm ski hat, baseball hat
  • Helmet (highly reccomended)
  • Goggles (high and low-light lenses)
  • Sunglasses
  • Outerwear (ski jacket and pants)
  • Mid Layers (wool)
  • Down pants and mid-weight layer
  • Ski boots
  • Skis and Poles
  • Sunscreen
  • Boot Heaters, batteries, charger
  • Ski socks
  • Gloves or mittens (heavy and lightweight pair)
  • Bathing suit
  • Costume for possible silliness on our last night
  • Slippers for lounging around the lodge
  • Computer (but recognize wifi is limited and there is no ability to access Apple News, any streaming services and is limited to public spaces in the lodge.)
  • Jeans and a few Aspen Casual tops for dinner if you want to clean up and you have room in your bag
  • Medium sized duffle bag
Cost:  TBD -  per person.

  • 3-Days of Skiing
  • Yoga every morning
  • Real-time coaching from Kate and Jon
  • Local guides
  • Tech talk in the afternoons from Kate and Jon
  • Great food and lodging at Chatter
  • A stay at The Westin Calgary for 2 nights,
  • Transfer from Calgary to Donald in a beautiful drive through Banf national park in our two sweet Suburban
  • Heli transfer to lodge
  • Hot tub
  • Evacuation insurance
  • Taxes. 

  • Airfare,
  • Alcohol
  • Spa services
  • Airbag rental,
  • Ski rental
  • Gratuities
  • Meals in Calgary
Single rooms are an additional cost in Calgary and

50% non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. Because of the special nature of this trip, the balance of trip cost due 120 days prior to departure and will be non-refundable unless we can find a replacement person to fill your seat.

Trips are absolutely non-refundable 90 days prior to departure for any reason.

We recommend Travel Insurance.
We carry liability insurance for our trips, and additionally, we highly recommend our guests purchase trip insurance.

We recommend World Nomads for your trip insurance, they are affordable and offer incredible coverage! While things rarely go wrong, it is important to be covered just in case something happens.

You can find World Nomads here:


For travelers 70+ please contact:
Allianz Insurance

Allianz Insurance offers policies with no adult age limits. The following contact information below will get you to an agent:

Direct Customer Service: 800-284-8300 
Thanks to our amazing sponsors, campers will not only get a Powder Playground T-Shirt, but Swag and Prizes from LEKI (poles and gloves for each camper), POC (swag for your bag plus a chance to win a helmet and goggles from POC at our end of camp awards), Strafe Outerwear (swag for your bag plus an awesome prize from Strafe at our end of camp awards) Kulkea (swag for your bag plus win a boot bag from SportTube at our end of camp awards!), Costa Sunglasses (win a pair of the best sunglasses made on the planet, and more!

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