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Steamboat Powdercats4.7 out of 5 based on 6 reviews
 
Steamboat Powdercats - operating since 1983
Steamboat Powdercats - operating since 1983
Steamboat Powdercats - operate 3 snowcats each day servicing 3 ability levels
Steamboat Powdercats - operate 3 snowcats each day servicing 3 ability levels
Steamboat Powdercats - has 10,000 acres of terrain i.e. 4.3 times the size of Steamboat Ski Resort!
Steamboat Powdercats - has 10,000 acres of terrain i.e. 4.3 times the size of Steamboat Ski Resort!
The trees at Steamboat Powdercats are nicely gladed and there are some nice terrain features
The trees at Steamboat Powdercats are nicely gladed and there are some nice terrain features
Steamboat Powdercats is famous for its legendary deep dry powder
Steamboat Powdercats is famous for its legendary deep dry powder
Steamboat Powdercats has some very nice open glades
Steamboat Powdercats has some very nice open glades
Steamboat Powdercats has mostly treed terrain with a small amount of alpine near the peaks
Steamboat Powdercats has mostly treed terrain with a small amount of alpine near the peaks
With Steamboat Powdercats you can expect 8 - 16 runs of powder bliss in a day
With Steamboat Powdercats you can expect 8 - 16 runs of powder bliss in a day
A typical day should have you riding 8,000 to 14,000 feet of vertical
A typical day should have you riding 8,000 to 14,000 feet of vertical
Steamboat Powdercats receives around 500 inches (13 metres) of snowfall annually
Steamboat Powdercats receives around 500 inches (13 metres) of snowfall annually
A day with Steamboat Powdercats includes breakfast, lunch, apres, guiding, cat skiing, avo safety gear, powder skis & lots of fun
A day with Steamboat Powdercats includes breakfast, lunch, apres, guiding, cat skiing, avo safety gear, powder skis & lots of fun
Steamboat Powdercats is a first-class operation through and through
Steamboat Powdercats is a first-class operation through and through
Advanced bookings are paramount; book now or you might miss out :(
Advanced bookings are paramount; book now or you might miss out :(

Steamboat Powdercats: Colorado Cat Skiing

Steamboat Powdercats is the crème de la crème of Colorado snowcat skiing, and if you head out in the backcountry with Steamboat Powdercats, you’ll definitely look like a powder cat that’s got the cream!

So why is Steamboat Powdercats the ultimate cat skiing experience? Everything is first-class, from the snowcat to the food, the service, and most importantly the powder. The powder at the Steamboat ski resort is renowned for being light, dry, and deep, yet with Steamboat Powdercats the powder is better because it’s even deeper. The average snowfall per season is over 500 inches (about 13 metres). This is the sort of powder that will get you salivating, or if you’re a real powder hound, you’ll be drooling!

Steamboat Powdercats Season The cat skiing season begins in mid December and extends through to early April. December and January typically provide cold temps that allow for some very yummy light powder snow conditions. The expert terrain typically opens by the 15th January, and prior to this time, only two snowcats run. February is probably the most popular month, and the powder continues to fall into March, although more spring-like conditions are apparent.

Why Cat Ski with Steamboat Powdercats? Steamboat Powdercats has been in operation since 1983. Many years of experience has honed the development of quality guides, a comprehensive safety program, and a great tour for guests.

Another major pro is the convenient location so you can combine cat skiing and resort skiing at Steamboat. Knowing that you’ll be riding with others of a similar capability is also a huge plus. Best of all, Buffalo Pass is a big powder factory.  It’s not nicknamed Fluffalo Pass for nothing!

Cat Skiing and Cat Boarding Packages

Steamboat Powdercats - Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
DAY SNOWCAT SKIING STEAMBOAT
Revel in Steamboat's deep dry powder
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USD 625
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Cat skiing with Steamboat Powdercats makes the perfect adjunct to a Steamboat ski vacation. Take in some resort skiing and then head out for a day with Steamboat Powdercats. Or if you know you’ll be hooked on riding virgin powder, go cat skiing for as many days as you’re able! More
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Inclusions
  • Full day of guided cat skiing; 8 runs guaranteed (max 12 guests per cat)
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks & water
  • Use of avalance safety gear
  • Use of powder boards, skis & poles
  • Transfers to/from your lodging
Add-ons
  • Go pro rentals - US50/day
Location: USA | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
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Where is Steamboat Powdercats Located?

The Steamboat Powdercats’ office is conveniently located on-mountain at Steamboat ski resort in the Clock Tower Square.

The cat skiing terrain is located on Buffalo Pass which is north of the Steamboat Ski Area, across Fish Creek Canyon. The snowcats leave from the Dry Lake Campground which is a 25 minute drive from downtown Steamboat Springs. Included in the tour is transport between the staging area and your lodging.

Steamboat is located in Colorado, 156 miles (252km) northwest of Denver.


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Snowcat Skiing Terrain

The cat skiing terrain is one of the largest in the USA at 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares). This is 3.4 times bigger than the Steamboat ski resort, and unlike the resort, you don’t have to share the powder with thousands of other skiers and boarders.

The elevation of the terrain is similar to the upper reaches of the ski resort. The terrain is all below the tree-line and has a variety of aspects, so even if it hasn’t snowed in a while, the guides can still find good quality powder.

A typical day incorporates 8 to 16 runs with approximately 8,000 to 14,000 feet of vertical skiing or boarding. Runs vary in length from 500 to 1,200 vertical feet.

Three Snowcats = Three Different Ability Levels Steamboat Powdercats has a distinct advantage over many other cat skiing companies because there are three snowcats that cater to three different ability levels. This separation allows strong intermediates the comfort of knowing that they’re not holding up gun skiers and boarders. On the flip side, experts don’t need to worry that they’ll be twiddling their thumbs whilst waiting for less experienced powder riders.

Level 1 is a backcountry introductory tour for strong intermediate or advanced skiers/boarders who have limited powder experience. The terrain covered is mostly gentle open slopes with the occasional tree.

Level 2 is an advanced tour for riders who typically spend most of their time on black and double black runs. Guests must also be confident in powder and feel comfortable tree skiing at a reasonable pace.

Level 3 is for experts who have significant experience in the powder and are comfortable ripping the steeps, tight trees, and terrain that has fun features and rocky drop-offs. You don’t have to huck, but need to feel comfortable playing in this sort of terrain.

Reviews

Great company, great fun.

Fraser Galloway
11/11/2017
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  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
Skiing is on Buffalo Pass that gets much more snow than Steamboat. Dukes it out with Wolf Creek Pass and Irwin for most snow in Colorado. Have now skied with them 5 times and always find good pow. For serious pow skiers need to book the level 111 cat.

Cold smoke

Tim Logemann
02/03/2017
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  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
Had a great day with Steamboat PowderCats. Great terrain, good guides, managed the group well and got us ton's of fresh Pow! Even stayed a littel late when we had delay in the Am due to Cat problems. Highly recomend

Terrific Operation

Gary Feinberg
05/01/2016
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  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Home Country
    United States
  • Month:
    December
We have skied with Steamboat Powdercats every Christmas week for the past 5 years. They run a stellar operation. This year there had been no snow in a week yet they have so many runs and faces they were able to get us powder turns throughout the day. Some years there is so much fresh snow you don't see another track all day.

They offer 3 levels of tours. Level I is mostly open and is a great introduction to powder skiing. Level I is our personal favorite. Level II stays mostly in the trees and Level III is steeper and finds the tightest trees. The terrain is not particularly steep.

The guides are super friendly and are all certified ski patrollers. They will even provide advice on skiing the powder to the less experienced.

A day here comes with a great lunch in their private, heated cabin hidden somewhere back on the Buffalo Pass. Nothing like a fresh, hot lunch to improve the experience.

What an amazing time!

Jeff Martin
28/02/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
I was invited on a last minute trip to steamboat with some friends. While I was there I booked a couple days with steamboat powdercats. All I can say is it is awesome,amazing, and very addicting. I have done four day trips with them and I have two more scheduled next month.

2014/15 season has been a bit of disappointment snow wise. Yet the guides still manage to find 2" deep powder stash's for me :) I was there on a 11" powder day it was nothing short of amazing.

Every aspect of the operation is first class. The guides are very helpful and experienced. They will pick you up and drop you off at your lodging. Feed you breakfast at the office and an amazing lunch at their cabin up on the mountain.

The terrain ranges from wide open meadows, to aspen groves and fir/pine trees. I have been on level 1 runs to date. The guides will asses the groups riding abilities and pick the terrain to fit the group. The people on the trips have been amazing as well I have made many new friends on the trips. You will not be disappointed on your trip.

1st Level 3 tour of 2011/2012

Matt Gibson
20/02/2012
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  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
Four friends from the flatland of Iowa, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey (The Flatland Four) do a stag ski trip every year. This year like last year we picked Steamboat Springs, CO. Last year for the first time we all decided to go Cat Skiing and it was awesome! So, this year we did the same.

We were nervous because of lack of snow, but were rewarded with the first Level 3 trip into the backcountry of the season. The snow was good, in some places a little wind blown and crusty on top, but in trees it was perfect. We had anywhere from 6 to 18 inches of powder and the Steamboat Powder Cats (SPC) always took us to make fresh tracks every run.

The guides were AWESOME, some of the runs a little short. We ate lunch in the Cat as we moved locations which was nice not to lose time or a lap. I have never been Cat Skiing or Heli Skiing before so I don't have anything to compare this with, but I would definitely visit SPC again. It is reasonably priced and very easy to get to. If you are on a budget and live in the States this is THE place to go. Happy Trails!

Ahhh...Sweet Steamboat Powder!!!

POWDERHOUNDS.COM
17/02/2012
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • RiderType
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50
  • Home Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January
Steamboat Powdercats is the best cat skiing we’ve done in the USA. Whilst the terrain doesn’t quite match that found with some of the Canada cat skiing operations, it’s still very impressive and has plenty of variation.

Major pros of Steamboat Powdercats include: three snowcats for different abilities; quality and quantity of snow; a well managed operation; great guides; and first class service and little extras.

For more detail see our Steamboat Powdercats review and our powderhounds cat and heli ratings.