30 Sep 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Going to bed last night, we knew there was a chance of snow. All reports were pointing towards a combination of moisture and dropping temperatures. When the storm hit us around 5pm with a cold drizzle, it was game on with everything pointing towards our first snow report in the morning.
The storms that blew past us this weekend brought snow to most mountain locations in Colorado, except us. Even Cameron Pass, just one mountain range over saw snow where we didn’t. That storm was a bit of a Southwesterly flow, which as you know, doesn’t produce the best snow results for Steamboat and the Park Range, so it missed us.
This morning though things had shifted to a more westerly flow, temperatures dropped and the falling moisture finally turned to the white stuff that is so highly regarded in our world. Our first snow of the season!
We have now launched the Powder Prediction contest for this year. Join in the fun by predicting the first day it will snow on Mt. Werner (also the depth) and you may win a free day snowcatting with us this season.
Click here for details.
There are specific rules to this contest so please review that link above. You will need to email Kent to (email@example.com) join in the fun. Please do as you could win the free day.
15 Jul 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Now that we are basking in the mid summer heat wave, let’s take a moment, wipe the sweat from our brows, refocus and daydream about your next great powder day.
Though the first snow is months away, here in Colorado winter never leaves our mind. Especially today as we are now launching the 2015 reservation season. If you haven’t already, call the crew, tell the boss, find the money and throw that dart at a powder day next winter.
16 Jun 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
It’s that time of year gang. Rally your crew and pick you day for next year. Come July 1st we will launch our calendar for the 13/14 season and we hope you are on your game. As you know, we typically book about 700 seats in July from our fantastic returning troop of guests so you need to get on it. This should come as no surprise as we’ve been doing this July 1st launch for many years now and we hope to speak with you soon.
Bring it on gang!
Some things to consider:
Only rate change that is occurring this season is that December rates raise to $450/guest and $4500/private cat. This is an increase from years past but aligns December with our January and March rates that have been stable for a few years now.
July 1-7 is for returning guests looking to book private cats only.
July 8-31 is for returning guests looking to book private cats as well as individual seats or small groups.
August 1st is for all guests including our first timers.
Review our rates, calendar, FAQ’s and all other details on this website if you need.
50% deposits are required for all reservations. Review our policy here.
08 Apr 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
If there is ever a day you want to come with us its our last day 0f the season. Saturday the 29th was our final adventure into the heaven that is Buffalo Pass and the 2 cats out were set up for an amazing ride. Both groups were mostly returning guests and the guides unleashed the greatest lines ever including Success, Exhibition, Rolly Bowl, Scottie’s, The Flume, The Funnel, Cat Scratch, Scotch on the Rocks even Hangover Ridge for the first time all season.
After Friday’s crazy thunder-lightning-hail-graupel-sleet-snow storm, the conditions on the pass were exceptional, putting an emphasis on just how special Buffalo Pass is and how powder blessed we were in this 2013-14 season.
Mother Nature certain unleashed her best as well with a spectacular bluebird day. Check out the images below that Beuford captured and see just how special the experience was for us today.
This last day and our last post of the season comes with a bit of melancholy and joy as we celebrated together this amazing year. Oh how time has flashed past us once again. A big thanks goes out to our staff who truly love, love, love spending time guiding you, our guests and fans on the daily escapades that is Steamboat Powdercats. We are all crazed by the search for the fresh powder, the passion for the mountains and the camaraderie of getting out into the backcountry of Northwest Colorado.
03 Apr 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Our company parties have now become quite the tradition. Once we close doors up on Buffalo Pass each season, to say thanks to the staff, we pack up our van and head out with ski’s or motorcycles or parachutes or rafts and pillage one of Mother Natures other playgrounds. Last year we did a trip to the Moab area and the year prior was on the Yampa River and the year prior to that was in Alta/Snowbird.
This year we went to Jackson Hole where we found a 24″ storm had laid down a perfect spring storm for us. We crushed it with 3 days of lapping up the upper lifts as well as hiking off into Granite, Rock Springs and Four Pines zones. It was many of our guides first trip to Jackson area so everything about the trip was just exceptional.
We met some Jackson locals who also have become friends thru their visits to Steamboat Powdercats. Ned and Franci were exceptional hosts and we thank them tremendously for showing us the ins and outs of Jackson Hole.
Also want to thank the other gapers out there on Gaper Day (april 1st) which so happened to coincide with our party. What fun we had. And finally to Michael Franti and Spearhead for playing a free concert at the base on Saturday night. What a rave that was.
Images by our crew.
28 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Oh how we love spring storms. Faceshots in March are cherished and todays were no different. After 2 days of pulsating weather, including thunder and lightning last night, we took out one group in the cats today, a 6 load of friends who have rallied together for 20 years. These super dudes made magic with Buffalo Pass and the experience was off the charts for them….and us.
27 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 2 Comments
We’ve been pretty spoiled this March. Lots of snow, great guests, no guide or cat issues and a ton of smiles.
Today was no different after the storm gave us 4-5″ up on the terrain and gave us mostly fine visibility, even some sucker holes for pure heaven type powder skiing.
Now, as we post this at 5:00pm, it’s dumping again here in Steamboat Springs. Only 2 more days left for us operating our cats on Buff this season. Kinda a melancholy mood here with the crew as we don’t really want it to end.
Whomever is on the books the next couple days, get ready as it’s going to be a blowout!
26 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments
We got an invite to fly with Classic Lifeguard – Air Medical Service this week. They are a new medical heli that is located at our local Bob Adams Field airport. Cory the pilot and Anne the nurse took us on a 45-min flight to Buffalo Pass to check out our landing zones in case we have a major medical.
Not only did we get to touch and go at those spots but cruised the terrain and captured a new perspective of Buffalo Pass.
Flying in the heli got us all puckered as you can imagine.
25 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
There is a time and place for everything and today was the day to rip powder. Tons of laughs and freshies in the cat today. Only one small group out loving the sunshine and the perfect March conditions. Only a few more days left to our season so the guides let it all loose.
24 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
What a great, great day spent in the backcounty with a crew of amazing folks. Everyone were true experts and crushed it in all the conditions we faced up on Soda today. Killer day team!
Images by Beuford
23 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
We took up a 1/2 day kids cat today with our staff’s children. Ages from 12-5 were out there ripping up the powder and seeing what their parents do at work. The little rippers got after it in conditions that were mostly perfect for their skill levels. Snow wasn’t to deep so it was great for their little legs to plow thru the snow.
Best day of the season for those of us who got to get after it with these wonderful, little powder skiers.
23 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
After months of 3 cat days we are now entering a mellow week of trips. We close on this coming Saturday so it is our last hurrah. We have been used to a busy, busy office pre and post trips so with one cat this was very chill here. With only 5 staff and 12 guests here, we had a very intimate experience.
The snow today was outstanding along with the big blue skies and warming temperatures. We took out a Level II tour that went into our III terrain in the afternoon. North facing dry snow was of course our favorite but we also lapped up the south freshies until early afternoon when they got cooked.
Wish you were all here as the snow is very, very good.
Looks like a storm is brewing for this Wed-Fri which will close out our season with a bang. Check out our calendar online for space that is available.
22 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Another dose of fresh pow and storm skiing brought with it a contagious powder vibe that rolled all day long. 3 cats out and everyone was super stoked with our 120″ base and new snow.
Only 1 week left now in our season as we are closing on the 29th of March. We have room all this coming week so if you are itching for another day up on Buffalo Pass, give us a call and dial in another well deserved day in the backcountry.
21 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
We were inundated today by snowboarders – WHAT? Seriously? In a world of probably 20% snowboarders on average visiting us, it was an interesting take to see all snowboards in our cat racks.
Our friends and partners from Never Summer took up 2 of the cats and a 3rd cat was also full of rippers so not a single skier was here. This even prompted some of our guides to bring out the board and slice up the pow. We’ve been working with Never Summer now for the past 3 years and got to tell you, these board that NS are producing are outstanding. Colorado born and bred for the powder and perfect for what we do.
Never Summer hosted some of their handsome and hot staff and also some of their ticket to shred riders who won a golden ticket type promotion where anyone who purchased a Never Summer board was placed into a drawing and picked to come. Congrats to you guys!
Thanks for coming out guys and certainly we will see you again.
20 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
We celebrated the Spring Equinox in style today as 36 skiers and riders ripped up the fresh fields of powder on Buffalo Pass. Folks from all over the world convened and slayed the pow.
Images by Beuford
19 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
After what seems like days or weeks, we were blessed with a deep, bluebird day on Buffalo Pass. With 3 full cats yet again, we rallied our crews through open and tree’d runs, both mellow and steep. Kent Vertrees (our Master of Chaos) was lucky enough to get his second EPIC day in a row outside the office…cheers buddy! With only ten days to go in our season, we are continuing to remember just how blessed we all are. VIVA LA POWDER!
18 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Bonus day for us here in NW Colorado. 3 groups out enjoyed 11″ of cold pow pow as Mother Nature really kicked down for us. We were forecasted 3-5 and whamo a surprise Golden Swoosh day.
Big smiles all around and a load of whoop whoops. What a vibe face shots brings to our days. Love, love, love it when we get cold March powder days. Thanks you Powder Gods!
It stayed cold most of the day so it sets us up for tomorrow and the following.
Images by Kent
16 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Spring powder days like this don’t happen everywhere in the world. We are so damn fortunate.
15 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
A crazy, weird, snowy day with spring snow squalls that would dump an 1/2 inch of snow in 15 min then blow away for a dose of Vitamin D. The skiing was righteous as usual and the guests….out of this world!
14 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Nothing like a work trip where skiing and riding powder is the priority. 3 cats today out with 1 group booking all cats, taking over SPC as their own. Love these days.
To honor this group, some of our guides went SPC retro. What a blast.
13 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Years ago we realized that Buffalo Pass has a resident Yeti that sometimes comes out from the shadows and hitches a ride on our cats. Today , and last week, the Yeti came back for a visit and ripped it up in the powder with his old, and new friends. He even has learned how to catch air this year.
12 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments
We had a big wind event last night that really put an Easterly scour on the terrain. As you know, we get most of our winds from everywhere but East. This caused for some real interesting terrain dynamics. Scale like deposits of snow debris, loading up in bizarre patterns made some of our terrain unskiable. Fortunately, the guides found the goods and our crews today we are talented and rocked it.
11 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Powder days in March like this are not rare but we consider them as if they are. The season is winding down and everyday seems more precious as the last. It’s a true blessing to get new snow as we know it could be day 12 of drought or something drastic like a rain event.
Not today folks. It dumped on us with 7″ at the cabin and then 3″ more as the day progressed. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS!
10 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments
If we could freeze frame today we would. Great folks, safe adventures, big sky’s, not too hot and the snow is holding tight. Fun, fun. Please may fun days like this never end.
Images by Kent
09 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Hot day here in Steamboat Springs. Mid 50′s downtown and mid 30′s at mid mountain. Fortunately the experience that is Steamboat Powdercats wasn’t at mid level as we rolled with 3 private cats here for family, friends, work and play.
Great times up on the Pass with these crews. Loving the sunshine and the crews.
08 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Big bluebird day for us as we enjoy the day after the Spring storm. Great groups here to rip up the fresh. Things heated up nicely in the afternoon, cooking south and westerly aspects. So is the life of a March powder skier.
07 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 2 Comments
As forecasted, a blast of weather dropped in on Colorado today reaping havoc across the State. Multiple road closures along with an avalanche on Berthoud Pass made for some wild times.
Buff Pass gave all it could to us in the clouds and fresh. Soupy visibility at times, grey overcast and periods of truly hammering snow is what these Spring storms can bring us in March.
06 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments
We all have our epiphany revelations at some point in our lives, those signature moments where the clarity of now imprints something magical onto our souls. The birth of a first born, weddings, divorces, finding your god all come to mind as traditional greatest days of a humans life. Today though, one of our guests had the “Greatest day of my life” as he found the experience of Steamboat Powdercats, our friendly guides, the camaraderie of you as our guest, the snow and terrain all coming together and making a real impact.
Days like these are cherished forever. Thanks for being part of it all.