Freshies all day – experience the deepest snowpack anywhere in Colorado


Aspen groves so perfectly spaced, it’s like they were made to be skied


We’ve become an annual powder party for many loyal guests

We are one of the oldest snowcat skiing operations in Colorado and have been a mainstay in the deep powder snowcat industry since our inception. The history of Steamboat Powdercats started in 1983 when Jupiter and Barbara Jones convinced the Forest Service to allow them to explore the Buffalo Pass region of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest, just north of downtown Steamboat Springs. The combination of massive amounts of snow, a variety of terrain and a convenient location near a major ski resort allowed the Jones’ to developed Steamboat Powdercats into one of the finest snowcat operations in North America.



Check out this old school SPC video from 1994 with Warren Miller, Klaus Obermeyer and crew. Good fun!


Under new ownership since 1999, we are continuing the tradition established by the Jones’ and have added some new twists that we feel will enhance your Steamboat Powdercats experience.

With 10,000 acres of terrain and now 3 snowcats in our fleet, we offer ability level separation to all of our guests, which allows you to ski and ride as close to your true ability level as possible. We’ve increased our access within our operating terrain, expanding on our advanced and expert level trips which rounds out our operation nicely, enhancing the Buffalo Pass terrain which the Jones’ made famous. Finally, our trips are all inclusive, providing you with everything you’ll need for a great time in the powder.

We have taken tens of thousands of guests since 1983 and we can only hope to continue satisfying the deep powder dreams of our guests for generations to come.

Our guides will do their best to start in open and gentle terrain (snow depending) and assess the group. If, as the day progresses and the group is capable, our guides then have the flexibility to step up the terrain choices and head into possibly steeper or more treed terrain. Lots of factors play into this, but it is all of our goals to get better and challenge each other if willing.

In 2005, our staff photographer David Genchi created a short movie about his Steamboat experience that winter. This film won accolades at the Steamboat Mountain Film festival and includes some insight into our Steamboat Powdercats past. Though much has changed from those days in the early 2000’s, the views, terrain imagery, and stoke all remain the same. We hope you enjoy the film.