Day in the Life
3:00-5:00 p.m – The afternoon prior to your day with us. Please check in the night before so that we can review logistics, answer any questions and set up your gear. Bring your boots and leave them at our office overnight to make life easy in the morning.
Remember that we provide complimentary Armada powder ski’s and Never Summer snowboards if you don’t have any powder specific gear. We also have tele gear and a wide assortment of poles for you with larger powder baskets. Finally, we require you use our avalanche transceiver (BCA Tracker’s) and we have shovels and probes for the group. We will also have you fill out an Assumption of Risk and Liability waiver when you arrive.
If you cannot check in with us the night before or are planning on arriving the morning of your trip, please contact us in advance to make arrangements (800.288.0543). Directions to our office.
7:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. – We will be picking you up at your lodging and will bring you back to our office, unless you wish to self shuttle. We do have day parking at our office for you while you are skiing with us if you wish to self shuttle in the morning.
7:45 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. – At our office, we will have you change into your boots and grab a quick breakfast. We provide fruit, danishes, bagels, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. If you require more than this for breakfast then please eat prior. Leave anything you need to at our office as we will be returning here at the end of the day.
At this time we will issue you an avalanche transceiver that you are required to wear throughout the day. You must wear our transceivers and not your own as per our insurance requirements.
8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Meet your guides and other guests in your group; load up in the van and head out to Buffalo Pass, a 20-min. van ride from our office.
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – In the snowcat, on the way up, one of your guides will review safety protocols and procedures we have while skiing and riding together on the pass.
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Ski and ride powder! We average 4-8 runs before lunch, depending on the ability level of the group, snow conditions and the choice of terrain.
12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Have lunch at our cozy, mid-mountain cabin. We serve a 3-course, hot lunch, which consists of soup, bread, a main entrée, and a desert. We accommodate all dietary considerations so please make arrangements for a special lunch at the time of your booking. Lunch at the cabin is catered by the Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company.
This is a good time to dry off, refill your water bottle and talk about how good the snow was. We have a wilderness comfort station (i.e. propane burning toilet) at the cabin for all those guests who may need to know.
For those guests who will be participating in our Level III – expert cat, you will be having a sack lunch in the cat, and won’t be visiting the cabin for lunch. Sack lunches are catered by Backcountry Provisions.
12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – Ski and ride more powder! We will ski and ride an additional 4-8 runs after lunch. In the end, your trip totals 8 – 16 runs and anywhere from 8,000 – 14,000 vertical feet of skiing and riding.
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Transfer all gear back to the vans and head down to the office.
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Back at the office during some apres ski festivities, we showcase the photos taken during the trip. We provide you a disk full of images (included in the daily rate) that you can take home and show to all your friends. See our daily image blog to view types of images you’ll receive. We also have for sale, all the appropriate Steamboat Powdercats shwag (t-shirts, hats, stickers and other gear) and can take care of any additional reservations that you may wish to make.
5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Say your good-byes continue to tell stories of the day, swap addresses and allow us to drop you back at your lodging.
6:30 p.m. -? – Visit with you guides and new found friends at the local pub or restaurant (Slopeside is just a block away) and continue your epic day.