The Volcom (and friends) crew—Ryan Boyes, Bryan Iguchi, Wooly, Curtis Ciszek, Billy Anderson, Mark Landvik, Jamie Lynn, Chris Owen, Alex Lopez, Andrew Mariner, Adam Pearce, Keoni Watson, and Gerry Lopez. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

The Volcom (and friends) crew—Ryan Boyes, Bryan Iguchi, Wooly, Curtis Ciszek, Billy Anderson, Mark Landvik, Jamie Lynn, Chris Owen, Alex Lopez, Andrew Mariner, Adam Pearce, Keoni Watson, and Gerry Lopez. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

There’s a lot to be said about interior British Columbia, Canada—the area below Calgary and above Eastern Washington is full of small towns and big mountains. No wonder it’s a favorite retreat for snowboarders—catboarding at Baldface Lodge especially. The Volcom crew and the TransWorld crew showed up at the lodge at the same time with the same goal, to check out and ride. No one really had an agenda other than strapping in and getting from the top to the bottom.

If you’ve never been catboarding, here’s how it works. You jump in a snowcat that usually holds around twelve people. Proceed up a groomed road (Baldface has about 32,000 acres accessed by roads), get out, strap in, and drop in. There’s a head guide who checks for snow stability and a tailguide who makes sure everyone makes it down. You meet up at the bottom of the run, and the cat is there to pick you up—snacks, water, bullshitting with friends on the way up—repeat all day long.

The terrain is definitely advance, leading from deep pow slopes into tight trees-and unlike heliboarding, there’s no such thing as a weather hold, so you’ve got to be in shape to ride consecutive days. It’s down and dirty snowboarding and should be on your to do list for next season.

Click here for more on Baldface Lodge and here for some info on the snowboarder who co-founded it—Jeff Pensiero. Awesome.

A Guch method! PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

A Guch method! PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Fresh lines everywhere even though it hadn't snowed recently. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

This hip got stoned. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Curtis Ciszek. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Curtis Ciszek. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Mark Landvik as “Cessy.” PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Mark Landvik as “Cessy.” PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

“Cessy don’t grab.” PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

“Cessy don’t grab.” PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Adam Pearce—stretches out during a late afternoon airtime session back at the lodge. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Adam Pearce stretches out during a late afternoon airtime session back at the lodge. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Alex Lopez—wheelie! PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Alex Lopez—wheelie! PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Jamie Lynn backside three on this weird hip feature. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Jamie Lynn—misty frontside three on an equally misty hip feature. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

This is the part you have to watch out for with this crew—everyone mobs into the trees all at once. Only the strong survive. Photo: Ryan Boyes

This is the part you have to watch out for with this crew—everyone mobs into the trees all at once. Only the strong survive. Photo: Ryan Boyes

Curtis Ciszek. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

Curtis Ciszek. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

The vibe at Baldface Lodge can be summed up as “the best house party you’ve ever been to.” A giant bonfire and some fireworks outside the guest cabins. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes

The vibe at Baldface Lodge can be summed up as “the best house party you’ve ever been to.” A giant bonfire and some fireworks outside the guest cabins. PHOTO: Ryan Boyes