Snowcat Skiing at its Finest – Colorado Style

Snowcat skiing and riding with Steamboat Powdercats is a unique experience, one that may reward you with the best, on snow day, of your life. Though Mother Nature holds the cards to how powder-rich your day will be, we’ve put together a system of professional backcountry guides, plush snowcats and a dialed up infrastructure that should provide you with an excellent day in the Colorado backcountry.

We are very fortunate to call Buffalo Pass our home base. Conveniently located just 25 minutes from downtown Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Ski Area, Buffalo Pass is known as Colorado’s deepest annual snowpack and has a multitude of north, south, east and west facing zones. Combine this with the famous Champagne Powder® that we are blessed with here in Northwest Colorado and we couldn’t have asked for a better location to offer up the Steamboat Powdercats experience.


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The Steamboat Powdercats Way

From the time you call us, to the moment you leave us, you are in good hands. Our family of experienced guides and staff take the time to get to know you and accommodate your needs. Our friendly, safe approach blends in the camaraderie of our team, our super guests and a culture of powder addicts to make for a day to remember. 

We are one of the oldest snowcat skiing operations in Colorado and have been a mainstay in the powder industry since our inception


SPC guides are professional skilled outdoor leaders. Our goal is to provide you with a safe, fun, unforgettable ski experience


From first-timers, to long time super guests, we love our guests and what you bring to our daily adventures in the powder


Buffalo Pass is truly a snow factory. Beyond the Champagne Powder®, Buff Pass is one of Colorado’s deepest snowpacks


News from the slopes + more

Quality Conditions

February 16th, 2019|

Guess what!? MORE SNOW and I'll tell you, the conditions were primo. The temperatures finally dropped overnight which, being the main ingredient for Champagne Powder, produced approximately 8 fluffy inches by the time we checked the snow stake this morning.

Flakes Keep Flyin’

February 15th, 2019|

Shew-wee!! Twenty-Four inches of fresh snow in the last two days has kept us skiing our favorite lines as they got filled back in overnight. It may only be my second winter here in the fairyland town of Steamboat but compared to last year this time, it is a world of difference as it actually feels like winter!

We LOVE Powder

February 14th, 2019|

Happy Valentine's Day, Folks! This morning we were greeted with a loving gift of 12 fresh inches from Mother Nature and boy do we LOVE that!! Though the air temps were the warmest we've seen in several weeks, the snow was super fast and playful which made for a very entertaining day in the backcountry! 

Transition Day

February 13th, 2019|

Two rocking crews out in our traditional terrain having fun, slashing the pow, meeting new friends and just crushing the Buffalo Pass snowcat vibe.  Our Level III cat was canceled around 11:00 am due to big winds messing with flight schedules and airplanes.  Oh, the hassles we face in our snowcat world.  It was a big let down for this crew as the snow today was fast, creamy and easy turning.  


Steamboat Powdercats offers AIARE (The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level I avalanche courses during select seasons.