10 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 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, 1 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.
05 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 2 Comments
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!
04 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
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.
03 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Another classy day with satisfied guests from all over the world.
Love it when everything matches up like this, kinda like heaven we hear.
02 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
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!
01 Mar 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
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.
28 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
We rejoice in the rebirth of Pow today with 11″ of new snow falling overnight….another Golden Swoosh Day. It’s a complete clean slate for us to carve out another masterpiece in the snow. This storm came in with some heavy wind so conditions in our steeps were super touchy. Snow wasn’t our typical dry pow but more of a West coast feel. Thank you to all the guests for following our guides instructions and keeping a level head out there on certain aspects.
Images by Beuford
27 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Oh yea, these cats crushed it today. Northside love was the norm and lap after lap was enough to satisfy the group…until it snowed an inch to 2 inches in the afternoon. Yes, it snowed again!
Thanks crews for ripping the pow with us! What a blast of a day again.
26 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
As February now steps aside to March, when the sun comes out like it did today, boy does it get warm fast. This minor heat wave opened up a bunch more terrain that was frozen after yesterday’s clouds. Creamy, cool, backcountry freshies under brilliant Colorado blue skies. Oh it was good.
Great day with a variety of returners and first timers, thanks guys for all the smiles.
25 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Snow is forecasted for tonight though looking like it will go East of us. Argh. This made for a flat light, cloudy day. Guides are lapping up the northern aspects as the south is a bit crunchy from yesterday’s sun.
Longer days here in Steamboat now. Starting to feel a bit of Spring in the temperatures with the sun being up early and setting later.
24 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
We got missed by the storm yesterday, a little bit of groppel fell overnight but really no new snow out of this weather tease.
Sunshine was a welcome addition as well as the hilarious banter in the cats.
23 Feb 2014, Posted by pete in Blog, 0 Comments
“A little bit of everything” certainly seems to be a fitting mantra for today. With a stiff breeze in the morning and calm in the afternoon, cloudy skies early and mostly sunny late, shin deep turns in spots and shallow velvet in others, tree skiing in FATYS and turns on the Soda steeps, it surely has been an interesting day. Maxed out cats today with a full 36 people charging through our terrain. This year seems to be the year of the “photo-bomb” with our guides coming up with a variety of ways to entertain our guests later when looking through the photos. Check out Matt Weingartner’s “cat-cab” photo-bomb, or Todd Dills’ “ski behind” photo-bomb from today’s images. Lets not miss Brynn Gotchey’s “swan dive” in front of the group either. Enjoy the photos from Paradise @ 10K feet!
22 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
As February now comes to its tail end, the ritual of the powder day is in full swing. We had 3 groups out today, all private cats, enjoying the day together deep in the Buffalo Pass backcountry. What a blast it is to host you guys, searching out fresh tracks and powder rich terrain. Tons of fun with you all and look forward to next season.
After a few more inches of snow last night, plus a relentless multi-day wind has loaded up a good portion of Buffalo Pass. Snow is great in the trees and leeside of the gusty wind. The zones are set up for another week and forecast is looking like several waves are coming again into NW Colorado. Great news for all those who are coming in the near future.
21 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
What a blast of a day out there on Buffalo Pass. Great groups, lots of smiles and laughter and pure harassment in the powder.
Love the snow we got yesterday, setting us up for major success.
We even did a little snow biking up there today. Who would have thought? Even Mike Rakowski was converted.
19 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Today was a classic transition day. After last weekends settling, the 2-4 inches from Monday’s wave was a blessing and helped us ride out this minor drought. Today was overcast and snow wasn’t deep at all. Oh the joys of the backcountry.
It didn’t start snowing till 3:00pm and as of 6:00pm its still snowing as we blog this out. It didn’t help us today but sometimes the jackpot isn’t until tomorrow.
Thank you crews for rallying and enjoying the backcountry traditions.
Images by Beuford
18 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
A beautiful, seasonably warm day up on the Pass. We are anticipating a storm tomorrow so clouds were out in AM and rolling in mid-day. 3 crews out, some newbies who were treated to a cruisey, not so deep day, but we made some sweet, sweet turns. All our returning guests were smiles, smiles, smiles.
17 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
After a couple days of not so much power we got back after it with another dose of snow last night. Fun day out there searching out the soft, laughing with our crews and enjoying some much needed sunshine.
Images by Beuford
13 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Yes, another wave nailed us last night and into this morning, making 18 days of more or less consecutive powder days. Though it hasn’t snowed every single day (since Jan 26) during this cycle, we haven’t had a drought to really make an impact on the terrain.
Snow = Happy People in our world and boy did we have some stoked folks today. Great attitudes and super fun folks. Love ya.
12 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 3 Comments
Now on our 17th day of storm cycle, we got another inch and some wind that cleaned up most of the terrain. Snow is still creamy and fast, luscious and lovely. We had 3 groups out, 2 of which flew up from the Front Range this morning to rally on Buff Pass. What a blast!
Today we had our Powder Prediction winner come with us, Ms. Terry. You are awesome and such a humble winner. We hope you have such luck next year as well.
We’d like to give another shout out to Lenard, our long time snow plowing Routt County stud who clears out the Buffalo Pass road for us to bring our vans up to the pass. Without guys like Lenard, our system would be a lot different in getting you all up on the pass. Thanks friend, your magic with the blade is really appreciated.
Images today by Kent
11 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
With this warming trend, the snow is sick. Not blower but that is fine. It’s like cream out there, just perfect. It stayed cloudy all day so we lapped up the south.
Thanks crews for making our lives so much better. You all rock and will be missed.
Images by Beuford.
10 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
Heard the quote from a guest today “This is the Happiest Place in the World”. Makes us super satisfied when folks like you drop these kindness bombs on us. Thank you!
The snow today evolved again. A fresh layer on top of the wind buff from past few days made it go anywhere type skiing and riding. Not super deep but very supportable and fast. It was a pleasant surprise after the last few days of crazy deep and heavier snows and wind. This wind did some amazing things to the terrain and we are seeing drifts that will eat people up there along with our snowcats.
Forecast is showing a lifting of this wave of moisture tomorrow then another blast coming in on Thursday and Friday. Warming trend could be here this weekend with another dose of powder on Sunday night…? Bring it!
Images by Beuford.
09 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
More refresh again today as another dumpage occurred from what we call the Pineapple Express. Its a non-technical term for a strong westerly flow directly connecting us to moisture rolling in from Hawaii. These storms nail us with an atmospheric river of moisture funneling in from the west coast. If you review the jet on days like this there isn’t any dip of the jet down from the North but a direct shot from the west. We’ve had some epic storms occur like this in the past from the Pineapple Express and this one is no different. Lots of moisture and snow but also some warmth, taking our blower snow that we normally get and transforming it into the heavier type snow that is typical in California or the Pacific Northwest.
Still a blast skiing it. Actually this new layer improved the super deep conditions from yesterday allowing us to get after more of our lower angle terrain, making it for fast type skiing and opening up a bunch more for us to ski.
Everyday is different conditions but one thing rings true, we enjoy what we get and roll on baby.
08 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
It just keeps coming down. 10-inches on the snow stake this morning. A big wave of snow and weather hit us yesterday and for the first time in awhile this storm brought some major winds along with it. Argh. Wind as we know isn’t a powderhounds best friend. With all the snow we’ve been getting the conditions definitely got a bit tricky. It wasn’t the typical dry powder day that we have been enjoying recently, but it was more of a heavier day out there. Thanks to everyone who kept it rolling and especially to those who took us up on the bigger fat skis that we provide.
Images by Beuford.
07 Feb 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
After days and days of on and off again storm, it’s deep out there and today we heard multiple times “That was the deepest snow I ever skied”, or “Those 30 seconds were the best of my life” and “I have never, ever, skied in snow that deep before”. It has been like this all week. Even our long time repeat guests have been noticing the epic type snow.
We love our job but today it spiked in greatness as it is a huge pleasure to show our guests snow like this.
Thanks for playing and thank you Mother Nature for truly kicking down this season.