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.



Our terrain and awesome guides make for one unforgettable ski day

3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Our afternoon check-in has been cancelled this season.

We will not be having our traditional afternoon check-in at our office the day prior. We will do all of our rental ski and snowboard and release forms the morning of.

All guests should have received our 3-day and 7-day out emails explaining our online registration where every guests must fill in their name, cell phone, email, medical information, lunch menu selection and special diet needs, shuttle info (if needed), and check off that you have reviewed our COVID-19 Health Pledge.

Please call us if you have any questions or haven’t seen this online information.

7:30 – 7:45 a.m.

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

Doors open to our office at 7:30 am and like to have all guests at our office by 7:50 am at the latest. Since we are only running private cats for the 2020/21 season, you can come later in the morning if you wish. Just let us know if you wish to come later in the morning.

Directions to office are located here.

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

7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

At our office, check in with us and we will point you to where you will be gathering. This season, we have secured more office space next door so we will have room for all of our groups to socially distance inside.

Once situated, one of your guides will do a health screening with you and a temperature check that we will document as part of our COVID-19 plan. Masks will be worn at all times in the office.

We provide complimentary Armada powder ski’s and Never Summer snowboards if you don’t have any powder specific gear. We do have some tele ski’s also. We have a wide assortment of poles with larger powder baskets that we suggest you use. We do require you to use our avalanche transceivers (BCA Tracker II) and we have shovels and probes for the group when in avalanche terrain. We will also have you fill out an Assumption of Risk and Liability waiver when you arrive.

We will not be serving any breakfast snacks at our office this season, sorry. We will have coffee available for you.

Gear up, put boots on, organize your stuff, and your guides will issue avalanche beacons and do a short briefing.

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.

In the vans, masks will be worn at all times. Guests will have assigned seating at the back of the vans and the guides will be up front.

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.

Masks will be worn at all times in the snowcats. Please bring 2 masks just in case you lose one. A buff or face covering must cover your mouth and nose at all times.

In our cats, guests will sit on the right side of the cat while the guide will be on the left side against the window. Windows will be opened and the door in the cat may also be open depending on weather.

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

Lunch this year will shift to box lunches. We are planning to still stop at the cabin and hope to have an outdoor lunch if at all possible.

For those guests who will be participating in our Level III ability cat you will be to far away from this cabin so you will be having a sack lunch outside of 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 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, unless of course COVID-19 impacts our dining experiences here in Steamboat Springs.

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.


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.