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

Post-Storm Visibility!

January 19th, 2019|

After a full day of fighting through the seemingly outrageous conditions yesterday, we were greeted by the sun, blue sky, and some low hanging fog that decided not to leave the valley. With increased visibility and 5'' of fresh, very light snow on top of the new 29'' we were in for one heck of day!

Fuffalo Pass Returns

January 18th, 2019|

Days like today don't come around often.  Maybe every other year we see storms like this. We ski and ride powder every single day, day after day after day, but nothing like this. We got destroyed by 23" at our cabin and 29" at our higher elevation snowstake on Soda Mountain.  THAT IS INCREDIBOOOOOOOOL!  Though Buffalo Pass is Colorado's deepest snowpack, typically, and we are blessed with amazing days....

Lucky #13

January 17th, 2019|

Thirteen inches of fresh snow graced us with its presence over the past 24 hours and we reveled in its glory! After ten or so days without any new snowfall we were nearing the end of our untracked snow stashes and were quite grateful for the free refill up on the Pass. 


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