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Snowcat Skiing at Ski Cooper, Colorado
Our 37th Year!

Snowcat Skiing + Boarding

Ski Cooper, Rocky Mountains of Colorado

Join us on the Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours and experience the adventure and excitement of backcountry powder skiing and snowboarding. We have over 2400 acres of treed slopes and open bowls, terrain suitable for the advanced to expert skiers/riders. We will take you as high as 12,600 feet in elevation atop the Continental Divide. The slopes vary from 3000 to 10,000 feet in length with vertical drops up to 1400 feet per run. Check in is at the Ski Cooper day lodge. Please bring appropriate gear for snow and changing weather conditions. This is a great opportunity to rent powder fat skies from our rental shop.

Snow Cat

Days of Operation
Mid-December to early April, snow permitting.

Hours of Operation
All Day
9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Advanced reservations are required. Young people under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have the skill level to handle the backcountry terrain. Full payment is required at the time reservations are made. You can reserve your seat online right now by clicking the dates you want to go on our calendar below and clicking submit. Our reservations are easy and safe. You deserve a powder day of skiing or riding!

interior of the snowcatRiding in the snowcat is great! You can watch the scenery out the windows or skylights, you can socialize with others, and you can listen to music. The interior of the cat is comfortable and warm.
Minimum Age
No Minimum Age

All Snow Cat guests need to meet at Ski Cooper, the 2nd floor of the lodge at 8:30 a.m. for orientation, and to sign a liability release form.

Snowcat Tours
$299 Fee Per Individual
$3,000 Private cat upto 12 people

Rentals $20.00 Rosi B-3 Skis or Snowboards (please be 15 minutes early to get your ski rentals)
Due to deep powder, snowboards should be 160 in length for most riders
All skiers should be on fat powder skis
Beacons are provided, shovels are carried by the guides

The prices above may not be current.

We no longer offer reservations for this adventure.

Please contact: Chicago Ridge Backcountry Tours at 719-486-2277
You can also contact them by email at:

Once you booked your dates for this trip, you will get a confirmation email from the Chicago Ridge Snowcats Tours for your trip.

Road Map to Ski Cooper
You can use our Google Maps on the right side of this page for directions and drive times or these directions:

Road Map

Ski Cooper is located at:
* 125 miles from Denver International Airport via I-70 and U.S. Highway 24
* 135 miles from Colorado Springs via Highway 24
* 30 Miles from Summit County via Highway 91
* Approximately 35 miles from Vail This Backcountry Adventure requires that you be
A proficient skier or snowboarder - comfortable on intermediate runs.
In good physical condition.
Prepared for a variety of high mountain snow and weather conditions.

Meeting Time:
Meeting time is 8:30am or 8:15 if you need to rent fat powder skis. Please anticipate winter driving conditions and traffic to make sure you are on time.

deep snowWhat level of skiing ability is required?
You should be a comfortable intermediate skier or above and able to ski in control. We suggest wide powder skis for this trip. Powder skis will make the skiing easier and even more fun. Powder skis and larger snowboards can be rented the morning of your Snowcat Tour.

What happens if some skiers are better than others?
We ski as one group with two ski guides. If there is a difference in skiing abilities within the group, the sweep guide will do his or her best to find an easier route for those that need it. If you know how everyone skis/boards, you won't have to worry about the pace. Less proficient skiers may skip runs as an option.

The weather can vary quite a bit from day to day and even hour to hour. Please come prepared for the worst weather conditions. The Snowcats are heated and will protect you from the elements after each of your runs.

What is the terrain like?
We have 6 natural bowls to ski. We are best known for our deep powder. We have open bowls above tree line, open gladed runs down in the trees and lots of tree runs as well.

How big are the groups?
Minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12.

How many runs per day?
10 to 12 depending on the groups ability and fitness levels.

salmon for lunchFood?
A fantastic hot lunch is provided during the day and at the days end, we have a ap re' ski snack at 4pm.

This lunch is grilled swordfish, salad, rice, bread and gatoraid.

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