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08 Apr 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Last Day of the Season


Last Day of the Season

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.

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28 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Thunder, Lightning and Faceshots


Thunder, Lightning and Faceshots

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.

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27 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 2 Comments

Best March Ever!


Best March Ever!

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!

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26 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments

A Birdseye View


A Birdseye View

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.

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25 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Pure Comedy


Pure Comedy

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.

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24 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

The Classy Cat


The Classy Cat

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

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23 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Little Rippers – Kids Cat


Little Rippers – Kids Cat

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.

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23 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Our Last Week Begins Today


Our Last Week Begins Today

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.

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22 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

5″+ = Happy Kittens


5″+ = Happy Kittens

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.

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21 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

The Never Summer Revolution


The Never Summer Revolution

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.

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20 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Hello Spring


Hello Spring

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

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19 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

A January Day in March


A January Day in March

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!

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18 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

11″ of Golden Swooshes


11″ of Golden Swooshes

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

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17 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments

Car Bombs


Car Bombs

Happy St. Patrick’s Day ladies, gentlemen and little powder munchkins.

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16 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Its a Steamboat Thing


Its a Steamboat Thing

Spring powder days like this don’t happen everywhere in the world. We are so damn fortunate.

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15 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Powder Daze


Powder Daze

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!

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14 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Private Cats


Private Cats

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.

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13 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Yeti Sightings


Yeti Sightings

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.

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12 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments

East Winds


East Winds

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.

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11 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

7″ Powder Day and Dumping


7″ Powder Day and Dumping

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!

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10 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments

All Good Things Will Never End


All Good Things Will Never End

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

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09 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Spring Has Sprung


Spring Has Sprung

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.

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08 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

The Day After


The Day After

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.

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07 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 2 Comments

Spring Storm


Spring Storm

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.

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06 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments

Greatest Day of My Life


Greatest Day of My Life

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.

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05 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 2 Comments

New Snow 5.5″ = Heaven


New Snow 5.5″ = Heaven

We died and went to heaven today. A new layer of snow and a low ceiling of clouds that lifted in the early afternoon made for epic March conditions.

Our Level I and Level III groups ripped it up. Some best day ever comments. Love that!

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04 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Pownomenal Day


Pownomenal Day

What a blast. Everything came together. The snow was fine, the guides were top notch, cats didn’t break down and our guests were some of the greatest people ever. Not that guests on other days aren’t but this crew blew it out of the box. Thank you so much.

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03 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Boooooooyeah!


Boooooooyeah!

Another classy day with satisfied guests from all over the world.

Love it when everything matches up like this, kinda like heaven we hear.

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02 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

The Joys of March


The Joys of March

March is one of our favorite months here in Steamboat Springs. Long days, sunshine in the morning and evenings after work, goggle tans, skiers in bikinis, tee shirts, flip flops and shorts, pond skimming, St. Patricks day, Moustache March, free outdoor concerts, ice bars, discounted gear and go anywhere snow…the list goes on and on.

At Powdercats, we of course are in the powder game and March can sometimes be a tricky one for us. Storms can come in hot and tweak our Champagne Snow into what we liken to the head of a Guinness beer, kinda light and oh so creamy. With warming March days it is easier for the sun to funkify the southern aspects. It is what it is what it is of course and we just have zero control of Mother Nature, in March let alone anytime of the year.

Today, was a one of these days. Check out the images below. We killed it with our super crews on the North and West aspects where boot depth freshies were a plenty after Friday’s 11 inch pounding. We did receive a little bit of snow yesterday (along with some wild 50 mph winds) and a little bit today but nothing substantial. It just added to the 4-seasons type of weather we are not encountering on a daily basis. Clouds, snow, partly cloudy and then beaming sunshine made for a day of great variety. South cooked a bit so we stayed away and will so until the next storm which is forecasted for Tuesday-Wednesday.

What a blast it was and as always thanks for playing gang you guys rule!

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01 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Wind Storm


Wind Storm

We got blown off the planet today. 50 mph gusts shut down most of the Steamboat Ski Areas lifts but guess what, our cats kept rolling. These winds made for some classic turns up on the pass and another touchy day in our steeper aspects. Storm and now wind slabs were moving around quite a bit on the Level III terrain. Guides and guests did their thing and what a day for all involved. Super fun times.

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