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.

The afternoon prior to your day with us

Please check in the day prior so that we can review your diet requirements, medical concerns, answer any questions and set up your gear. Bring your boots and leave them at our office to save time in the morning. Our office location has parking if you are driving.  Directions to office are here.

If you are not going to be in town the day prior, please call and key us into your pre trip logistics.

We provide complimentary Armada powder ski’s and Never Summer snowboards if you don’t have any powder specific gear. If you have AT type boots, we won’t have a compatible binding for you so make sure you bring your own skis. We do have tele ski’s and 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.

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.

We want all guests at our office by 7:50 am at the latest.

7:45 – 8:15 a.m.

At our office, check in with our guides at the front desk so we know you are in the building.

We provide a basic continental, low frills breakfast of fruit, danishes, bagels, yogurt, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice…etc. If you require more than this for breakfast then please eat prior.

Find your boots on our boot dryer and get ready for the day.

Prior to departure you’ll meet the others in your cat and your guides will issue you an avalanche transceiver that you are required to wear throughout the day. You must wear our transceivers and not your own as per our insurance requirements.

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 we will transfer all equipment from the vans, give you a quick talk about riding in the front of the snowcat and depart.

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 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 wilderness comfort station (i.e. propane burning toilet) 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 to 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 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.

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.