Level I – Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

Powder Skiing Colorado - Level I - Steamboat PowdercatsThe Level I tour is our most important level for many reasons. It is the introduction to the backcountry experience for people who have not yet experienced it. It helps them work toward what everyone craves: powder, faces shots and the camaraderie of skiing in a small group on ungroomed fresh snow terrain.

At this level, we will ski mostly gentle, wide open zones or runs with sparse trees with minor access into avalanche terrain. Your guides offer instruction, assistance with technique and tips for you to gain more confidence in your powder skiing/riding ability.

Skiers and snowboarders at this level are strong intermediates or advanced skiers/riders who:

  • have limited powder experience
  • are confident on all blue runs and will occasionally ski/ride black runs on a lift served ski area
  • are comfortable making linked, smooth parallel turns
  • are beyond any wedge type or pizza style skiing methods
  • have skied or snowboarded more than 30 times (WE CANNOT TAKE BEGINNER TYPE SKIER/RIDERS ON OUR TOUR)
  • enjoy new challenges
  • seek to build their powder confidence

For all first time guests who visit us on our Level I tour, we guarantee you will be satisfied with your experience. So much that if your experience isn’t up to par we will give you your money back. Check here for details.

Unlike your experience at any ski area where tracks, chopPowder Skiing Colorado - Steamboat Powdercats
and bumps ruin the fresh powder by mid-morning, thus making life difficult to learn how to stay afloat in the powder, our terrain holds snow for weeks after a storm and you’ll be mostly skiing or riding on untracked virgin snow all day long.

Remember that we provide you with the fatter ski’s or snowboards and have poles with bigger baskets that help you in the untracked snow.

Here is a blog post regarding tip and techniques on how to learn how to powder ski: http://www.steamboatpowdercats.com/how-to-ski-powder/