Level II – Advanced Backcountry Skiing/Riding
At this level, we ski and ride at an up-tempo pace and our guests must already be confident in the powder and capable of navigating thru trees. We will ski diverse terrain including many gladed areas similar to our Level I tour but also we will be heading into forests of aspen and spruce trees and some steeper zones.
Skiers and riders at our Level II group:
- have been skiing and riding for many years
- must already have confident powder skills and technique
- can ski or ride in all depths of fresh powder
- must be able to ski or ride the aspen and evergreen forests; widely and tight spaced trees – see images on this page, slideshow above, videos below
- at any ski area, you handle black runs with no problem and you search out fresh turns in the trees
- you have solid leg strength, can pop/float turns in powder, can stop at any time in deep snow without falling, traverse in both directions and actively seek out fresh snow on powder days
Our Level II tour utilizes the same drop offs and pick ups as our Level I tour. Level I’s will mostly stick to the more open, gladed terrain between the forests. Level II’s will also enjoy these open glades but must have the confidence and experience level to head into the trees or venture into the steeper zones between the glades.
If you have been to the Steamboat Ski Area, the terrain we access in our Level II is very similar to the Closets or Shadows tree runs. Also, the aspen glades of One O’clock, Two O’clock or Three O’clock and the terrain off Pony Express lift. The pitch is mostly blue/black and black type skiing/riding that you would find at the Steamboat Ski Area. Our Level II terrain does not get into any double black pitch.
For guests who are unsure or are between Level I or II, especially first timers who have never visited us or another cat or heli operation in the past, we strongly encourage you to go on our Level I tour. It is way better to be a stronger skier or rider in a more conservative level than the other way around. Also, if you are coming with a group and not everyone is confident in their Level II ability, then please go in our Level I group as it will be great to give these guests the nudge they need to develop their skills in the powder.
Please remember that should a guest arrive who greatly overstates their ability level, we reserve the right to sit them on certain runs. Please, if you are booking a trip for yourself or for others, you understand this and have fully taken this into consideration. No refunds will be given to these guests. When booking a Level II or III group, make sure that everyone in the group is capable of skiing at that level. We hate to sit our guests so please be conservative when making your decision regarding ability levels.
Watch the below videos from the Level II terrain. You’ll notice that the terrain isn’t steep by any means. It’s more blue/black steepness. But, it’s the tree skiing that makes Level II what it is. These videos give you a good idea of the spacing of the aspens. If you cannot ski or ride with the confidence to get thru trees like this then you should consider the Level I tour.