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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Ski Virgin Slopes in Newfoundland


3. What to Do

Cat-skiing, in which modified Sno-Cats bus skiers to the tops of uncharted, out-of-bounds peaks, is the quickest, least painful way to bag backcountry runs. For advanced skiers, it beats the pants off marked trails, offering run after run of unbroken freshies. Operating on the wild backside of Marble Mountain, Blomidon Cat Skiing offers daylong guided trips ($240 per person) consisting of five morning runs, a simple picnic lunch, and then five more. All told, skiers get to traverse 12,000 to 14,000 vertical feet spread out over 7,000 acres (bigger than Vail!) a day.

Published on Jan 10, 2007 as a web exclusive.

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