Day in the Life

Below is an approximate outline of your time with Steamboat Powdercats. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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Days prior to your trip

We will be sending several emails to you leading up to your trip with us. Make sure you complete the registration for yourself and your group if you are a trip leader. This includes any diet restrictions, medical history, pick up needs/location, etc.

Review our website weather and photos pages to get stoked.

Call us at 970-879-5188 with any questions you may have. Email works as well.

7:30 a.m.

Arrive at our office

We will be picking you up at your lodging and bring you back to our office, unless you wish to self shuttle. Most guests self shuttle. We do have day parking at our office just don’t forget to get complimentary parking passes if you self shuttle. If our parking lot is full, there is a paid parking garage next door to our office.

Doors open to our office at 7:30 am and we like to have all guests at our office by 7:45 am at the latest.

Directions to office are located here.

Remember to bring your own water bottle. We have SPC logo bottles for sale here but you can also provide your own, just don’t forget.

7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

While at our office

At our office, check in with us and we will point you to where you will be gathering. You will meet your guides who will help you get ready for the day with us.

Fill out an Assumption of Risk and Liability waiver when you arrive. This will also include a ski and snowboard rental form.

We provide complimentary Armada powder ski’s and Never Summer snowboards if you don’t have any powder specific gear. Most guests use our equipment. We also have tele ski’s and a wide assortment of poles with larger powder baskets that we suggest you use.

WE DO NOT OFFER ANY BOOT RENTALS. There are ski shops nearby if you need to rent a pair. Please arrange this prior to arriving at our office.

There will be a light breakfast snack in addition to ample hot beverages here at the office. If you require something more substantial, please take care of this prior to arrival.

Gear up, put boots on, organize your stuff, and your guides will issue avalanche beacons and do a short briefing. We do require you to use our avalanche transceivers (BCA Tracker II) and we have shovels and probes for the groups.

Leave anything you need to at our office as we will be returning here at the end of the day.

8:15 – 8:40 a.m.

Load up in our van and head out to Buffalo Pass, a 20 to 30 minute shuttle from our office.

8:40 – 9:00 a.m.

Once we reach our snowcats at the Dry Lake parking lot, meet your other guide, transfer all equipment from the vans, and load up into the cat.

Before you enter the snowcat there is a porta potty located at our staging area if you need another pit stop.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

In the snowcat, as we continue up the pass, one of your guides will review all our safety protocols and procedures, how we ski and ride together as a cohesive group and introduce all of you to one another.

9:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Ski and ride powder! Depending on the ability level of the group, the snow conditions of the day and the choice of terrain, we will typically average 4-8 runs, or more, before lunch.

12:00 – 12:45 pm

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 any special requests before hand. Lunch at the cabin is brought up by one of our guides via snowmobile and is catered by the Steamboat Meat and Seafood Company.

This is a good time to dry off, refill your water bottle and further get to know your crew. We have a porta potty at the cabin for all those guests who may need another pit stop.

For those guests who will be participating in our Level III ability cat you will be too far away from this cabin so you will be having a sack lunch in the snowcat. Sack lunches are catered by the Yampa Sandwich Company.

12:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Ski and ride more powder! We typically ski and ride an additional 4-8 runs, or more, 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 – 4:30 p.m.

Transfer all gear back to the vans and head down to the office.

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Back at the office during some post trip festivities, we will showcase the photo’s taken during the trip. See our daily image blog to view types of images we capture. We upload all images to our Photos.SteamboatPowdercats.com blog. Here you can purchase higher resolution images and specific image art from this site or download low res images for free for your social media needs.

5:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Sadly, we have to say our good-byes.  Allow us to drop you back at your lodging or self shuttle back to your lodging.

6:30 p.m. -?

Visit with you guides and new found friends at the local pub or restaurant and continue your epic day.

Buffalo Pass, located just north of the Steamboat Ski Area across Fish Creek Canyon, and is where Steamboat Powdercats has been operating our snowcat skiing tours since 1983.

BUFF PASS

This experience is for private cats only, from February 1st until the end of the season. Instead of finishing at 3:45 pm, we extend the tour to 4:45 pm and cat ski in the magic light of the Alpenglow.

ALPENGLOW