Snowcat Skiing + Boarding
Winter Park, Rocky Mountains of ColoradoLocation is between Winter Park and Empire, up on Jones Pass
Less than 1 hour drive from Denver
Our operation lies less than 1 hour drive from Denver. The closest powder skiing operation to the Front Range. If joining us from the Grand County you will meet at our World Headquarters in the Village at Winter Park. Our Jones Pass location gets the benefits of storms that flow in from all directions. We typically get hit by all the Colorado storms. This means you get the best chance for sweet skiing conditions when you ski with us.
You will spend the day skiing virgin snow at an average elevation of 11,000 feet. The high altitude combined with good Northern exposure keeps our snow cold and light. Your first ride up in the cat the guides hold a safety briefing, and talk about skiing procedures for the day. There will be plenty of time to ask questions get your gear organized and crank some tunes to get you amped.
When you step out of the cat for the first time you will be at one of several drop off points. The first run will be decided based on current conditions that day. It could be a high alpine bowl or some sweet tree shots. Most of our skiing happens one at a time for safety reasons. One of the guides always skis first and sets boundaries and a meeting spot. Guest will follow one at a time and stick close the line the guide sets. Once we are lower on the mountain we may ski as a group and we will reunite with the cat for a quick break and a sweet ride back up the hill.
Lunch will happen in the cat unless it is a warm bluebird day. Try not to go into food coma as we will start skiing again right after lunch. Lunch is provided by Rudi's Deli, and Steamworks provides beer at the end of the day.
At some point we will do a short hike to access another ridge with endless lines. Our Forest Service regulations do not allow the snowcat to be within 100 feet of the ridge line, so sometimes a short hike is needed. Last run is at 3:30pm
During the first half of the day our photographer will ride along and get some great shots of you and your friends rippin the POW. There will be several options for photos including a cool slide show you can put on your iphone, or other mp3 device.
Before Your Trip
We will be in touch with you to answer any questions about your trip and give you the expected weather and snow conditions for the day of your tour.
On the morning of your trip
We will have you sign a waiver and adjust the bindings on the powder skis if you are borrowing them from us. The guides will issue safety gear, which includes an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe pole.
We will ski till about noon and then take a short break for lunch, after lunch we will ski until the last run at 3:30pm. We will then transport you back to the Trailhead or Winter Park.
Please get enough rest on the night before your trip and have breakfast before you arrive in the morning. There will not be time for you to go and get breakfast before leaving the village. An energy bar in your pocket is always a good idea when heading out into the backcountry.
There are no bathroom facilities at the trailhead or within our operating area at Jones Pass. Once out skiing we can make “pee stops” as often as needed. If you need to do more than pee, we will have a Wag Bag™ toilet kit available for you.
Please arrive well hydrated. We operate between 10,500’ and 12,500’ the air is dry and you will be playing hard. Bring a water bottle or other hydration system and we will have a water jug you can refill from during the day.
Open 7 days a Week
14-yrs-old, with an accompanying parent. Must be 16 to go without a parent (parent must still sign the waiver).
|Price per person||$400 /day|
|Full Cat (12 Guests max)||$4,000 /day|
Safety gear, powder skis, lunch, snacks, day of guided skiing.
Meeting Location and Time
8:30am in Henderson Mine Road off of Hwy 40, near Berthoud Falls at our Yurt. Please anticipate winter driving conditions and traffic to make sure you are on time.
You can use our Google Maps on the right side of this page for directions and drive times.
To sign up for this trip, choose a trip from the option box and press the submit button above. You will then be presented with dates that are available. Once you are registered, you will get a confirmation email from Powder Addictions for your trip.
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Upon making a reservation, all guests agree to these terms and conditions
We do not have control or responsibility for the weather, (wish we did!).
4 to Ride Rule
On any given day we must have 4 seats sold to guarantee the trip will go. We will take reservations for less than 4 and then try to fill the day but cannot promise it will go.
No refunds will be given for cancellations within 7 days of scheduled trip. Cancellations prior to 7 days can reschedule for no extra fee, or receive a 90% refund, for a complete cancellation.
In the rare case that skiing and boarding must be cancelled due to mechanical failure, road closures or high avalanche hazard, we will provide a full refund. Refunds do not occur for a client’s inability to arrive on time or for health related issues or cancellations due to family emergencies or injuries. We reserves the right to cancel a package at any time, and full refunds will be given. We cannot be held responsible for any client’s personal inconvenience or travel expenses.