Backcountry Skiing Ability/Terrain

Backcountry Skiing Steamboat Springs ColoradoWhat is your biggest fear when planning a backcountry snowcat or heli skiing trip where you will be skiing and riding with people whom you have never met? It’s probably that you are afraid that others in the group are either to slow or even to fast, or that the guides will be taking you into terrain that is way to mellow or a bit to steep? Or it may be that you could be the slowest guest with the least experience skiing or riding in backcountry conditions.

When you reserve a backcountry snowcat trip with Steamboat Powdercats, you will be prompted to judge you and your crew’s skiing and snowboarding ability and experience in the powder. Powder skier with white helmet and white jacket in deep snowWe will then be placing according to either our Level I, Level II or Level III ability levels. You can also hover over the Ability/Terrain button on the navigation bar above to click on these different ability level pages.

If you have never visited us, first off welcome, and secondly, please review this ability level section of our website as it is critical to our and your success. We ask that you be honest when choosing a level. We get many guests who are solid skiers but do not have much backcountry powder experience and this will confuse folks. We ask that if you are unsure of your ability level, please be conservative in your estimation of you and your crews skill level.

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If you have any questions about where you should be placed, please call us. When booking a trip either by the phone or via our online booking calendar you’ll have to pick an ability so make sure you are all set on this.

During your trip, your guides will attempt to select runs that suit the ability and comfort level of the group, while offering just the right amount of challenge. Our cats hold 12 guests at a maximum and require a 5-guest minimum to run the cat.

As the only snowcat operation offering backcountry skiing on Buffalo Pass, our National Forest permit allows us to access 5,000 acres of heavenly terrain, in just a quick 20-minute van drive from downtown Steamboat Springs. The combination of very dry powder, a variety of North, South, East and West facing terrain, and groves of aspen, spruce and fir trees, allows our guides the ability to search out and find the best skiing and riding that will match your group’s goals and ability level.

Friends hugging in front of red snowcatFor those guests who greatly overstate their ability level, we reserve the right to restrict them from skiing or riding. No refunds will be given to these guests. Sitting in the cat is no fun, so please be honest when rating your ability level and if you are between levels please go with the conservative, lower level.

Here is some video from 2011 in our Level III land: