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Steamboat Powder Cats

PO Box 3239
Steamboat Springs, CO  80477
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About Steamboat Powder Cats

The Steamboat Powdercats permitted terrain is located on Buffalo Pass which is Colorado's snowiest location. Known for very light and dry, consistent powder conditions the terrain offers all ability levels a match to their skill. We have perfect gladed skiing for our intermediate skiers and riders, amazing aspen and spruce forests for advanced levels and steeper, big-mountain like runs for experts. All of the terrain is located below tree line which protects the snow from big winds and sun crusts. There is plenty of north facing slopes, east and west and south aspects to allow for a variety of options for our guides to put guests on fresh powder conditions even weeks after a storm. Beyond it all, the snow is the reason why Steamboat Powdercats has been so successful over the years. Light, dry and consistent powder is what a backcountry skier/boarder is looking for and we always have the fresh for our guests.

Since 1983, Steamboat Powdercats has operated in Colorado's snowiest location, Buffalo Pass. We have 3 passenger snowcats that carry a minimum of 5 guests and maximum of 12 guests per cat. Our ability level separation system allows for Level I-III type skiing to satisfy all intermediate, advanced and expert type levels. This is something that most other backcountry snowcat and heli operations cannot do. We take pride in matching our guests with others of like minded ability to maximize the on snow experience. Trips are all inclusive so we provide everything needed for a day in the backcountry. Each trip has 3 guides who will either lead the run, bring up the tail of the run or drive the snowcat. Beyond it all, we provide a complimentary image disk to every guest so that when they leave us they have a nice memento of images to remember the trip by.

Steamboat Powder Cats Quick Facts

The Basics Terrain Season
Helicopter Trips: No
Snowcat Trips: Yes
Years in Business: 29
Capacity Per Trip: 12 per cat, 36 per day
Trips Per Season: 10 to 14 runs
Guide to Client Ratio: 1 to 4
Packages start at: $375.00
Longest Run: 1,500
Vertical: -511,336 Ft / -155,855 M
Acres: 40,663 Ac / 16,456 Hc
Annual Snow: 500" / 1,270cm
Starts Around: 12/10/2011
Ends Around: 4/8/2012

Guide Certifications & Experience

Steamboat Powdercats guides are Outdoor Emergency Care technicians, a 90-hour course that is required for our National Ski Patrol affiliation. At a minimum guides are required to carry Level I snow safety training but many have Level II certifications. We host a 10-day mandatory, annual training in early December for our staff covering all aspects of safety, procedures and protocols required by our operation.

Equipment Used

Steamboat Powdercats trips are all inclusive. All guests receive use of our fleet of Armada Skis, K2 snowboards and poles; Tracker beacons and shovel and probe; light breakfast, full catered lunch, snakes and apres party; lodging shuttle pick up and drop off; professional image disk courtesy of our staff photographer. We have a fleet of 4 snowcats, 3 of which are passenger carriers with custom, heated passenger cabins.

Ski Areas Nearby

Steamboat Ski Resort is 20-minutes from our permitted terrain on Buffalo Pass. The Howelson Hill Ski Area is just down the street. Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Winter Park are all within an hour and a half drive.

Booking Policy

A 50% non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking. 72-hours prior to trip, the final 50% is taken. We offer a 10% activity insurance that guests can pick up at the time of booking that will allow flexibility in cancellation.

Training & Instruction

In early April, Steamboat Powdercats offers a Level I AIARE Avalanche Course. The AIARE Level 1 avalanche course is designed as an introductory “stand alone decision makers course” for those planning on traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain. Our instructors are AIARE trained and qualified. The 24 hours of course work focuses on the basic skills necessary to manage your risk in the winter backcountry.

Packages & Pricing

Trips are all inclusive. Steamboat Powdercats provides induces everything necessary to make a great day of backcountry skiing/riding. Full day tours range from $375-$450 depending on when guests come. Private cat options are available where guests pay for 10 but get 12 seats ($3750 - $4500).

After 5 days visiting us we provide a bonus, complimentary day of snowcat skiing and riding. Though most guests come for 1 day, we see more and more guests coming for 2-5 days as our terrain is vast and it provides guests with a variety of gladed, tree and steep type skiing. We also have a unique moonlight, dinner skiing private tour available during the 3 days surrounding the full moon of Janurary, February and March.

What's New

New for the 2011/12 season Steamboat Powdercats has a new Prinoth BR 350 snowcat and custom heated snowcat manufactured by Metal Form Industries. We also have a new alliance with Armada Skis which has provided us a fleet of TST and JJ powder skiers for our guests to use while visiting us.

Local Lodging

Steamboat Powdercats does not provide lodging. Our office is located just minutes from the Steamboat Ski Area and Resort where there are thousands of options for guests to chose from. Downtown Steamboat Springs is located a 5-minute drive away where there are another hundred or so options for guests to chose from. We provide lodging pick up and drop off shuttle service during the day of a guests tour.

Nearby Recreation

Beyond the experience of a powder skier/riders lifetime with Steamboat Powdercats, there are many options for recreation available for all guests while visiting Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Ski Area is a world class resort of course but there are snowmobile tours, dinner sleigh rides, massage and spa type services, winter fly fishing, sledding and snow tubing, ice climbing, winter ice driving, winter horseback riding and most other activities to keep folks happy during their visit.

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