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Steamboat Powdercats 1/6/14 Deep Powder and Blue Skies

post #1 of 24
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After our recent cycle of over 2 feet Greg Merz, another friend and I did a day at Powdercats  Steamboat Powdercats does a fantastic job with experienced guides that make the experience fun and entertaining. Many of the guides are former ski instructors.  This is a great outfitter for the novice through expert wanting a day of fresh powder.  This time, we did the Level 1 cat which is a great opportunity for anyone who is new to powder or wants to get a day in on nice open terrain with the ability to do a little open tree skiing to build confidence and skills. 

 

Early in the day we had some truly challenging snow due to high winds the night before. We dropped in on a beautiful open face and much to my surprise I was in breakable crust! What? Is the PNW? :D. Once you got below the wind line, the snow changed into a more dense but very skiable powder.  This was a great opportunity to learn how to ski this kind of snow since we rarely experience this here.  Tip: don't let your tips get below the crust....  A porpoise technique works very well. I was skiing my Praxis Protests which were fantastic for this snow.

 

Here are some pictures from the day.  Greg had some great shots!  Gregs in the blue helmet, I'm in the orange helmet and orange pants

 

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Edited by Finndog - 1/7/14 at 6:09am
post #2 of 24

Nice pics... What were you using to shoot them, settings, filter, etc.?

post #3 of 24
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That would be Buford, the professional guide and photographer. They shoot a ton of pictures and give them to you on a disk at the end of the day.  

post #4 of 24

Steamboat Powdercats does a nice job.  We were delayed starting, the weather up on the pass was so cold that they were struggling to get the cats started.  They held us at their comfortable office in town and we left when we got the word that the cats were ready.  A 30 minute ride up to the Dry Lake Campground and we were then ready for the day.  Prior to leaving they make sure that everybody has just what they need.  If you use their gear, they quickly fix you up with a pair of Armada JJ's and they have the ability to fill any gear "gaps" for guests.

 

After a morning of challenging wind crusted snow, we stopped at their cabin on the pass for a hot lunch.  Soup to warm you up then pasta to carb you up.  The only issue there is the propensity to eat too much making for a sluggish start to the afternoon.

 

The afternoon session brought some longer, slightly more challenging runs.  Some pines, Andy's Aspens and some longer wide open areas.  Given our late start, the guides kept us out later than normal so we did get the full day on the snow.

 

The 30 minute ride back to their office in town found cold beer and snacks waiting, pictures of the day scrolling on a big screen and each skier received a CD of the day's pictures.

 

Our group had a variety of skier levels and the guides catered to them all.  The day provided everybody a chance to experience something different from lift served skiing.  If you get to Steamboat give these folks a try but think ahead, they book up fast.


Edited by gregmerz - 1/7/14 at 6:34am
post #5 of 24

A great experience, thanks for sharing. 

 

Are you twin sons of different mothers? Same color combinations with different color helmets. I had to smile at the similarities.

post #6 of 24
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actually my pants don't really look anything like Gregs in person, (mine are a brighter red/orange, his are a burnt orange color) but when we both wear black shells, and your legs are covered in white, they do look similar! :) 

post #7 of 24

Wow! Looks like you guys had a great day! I have been toying with the idea of booking a trip with them the next time we're in Steamboat. Looks like you had plenty of snow.

 

Gregg

post #8 of 24

Mmmmmm, Steamboat.....I feel a need to visit. 

post #9 of 24

Think one of you guys could maybe crack a smile next time you're getting glamour shots of yourselves skiing two feet of untouched pow? ;)

post #10 of 24
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Think one of you guys could maybe crack a smile next time you're getting glamour shots of yourselves skiing two feet of untouched pow? ;)

I was sorta thinking the same thing.......Maybe they were afraid of choking on powder :D 

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actually my pants don't really look anything like Gregs in person, (mine are a brighter red/orange, his are a burnt orange color) but when we both wear black shells, and your legs are covered in white, they do look similar! :) 

Ya can't tell shades of colors when you are cruising waist high pow.:D

 

You left out Gary.

post #12 of 24

Envy....

 

Thanks for posting! Funny looking at those Protests in a rack of Armadas! 

post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by rachelv View Post
 

Think one of you guys could maybe crack a smile next time you're getting glamour shots of yourselves skiing two feet of untouched pow? ;)

 

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
 

I was sorta thinking the same thing.......Maybe they were afraid of choking on powder :D 

 

 

well, when skiing stuff with breakable crusts, one must pay attention. Trust us, we were having fun. We just rarely ever get snow like that here. 

 

@rachelv  I'm an old man ;)  what do you expect? 


Edited by Finndog - 1/8/14 at 6:18am
post #14 of 24

Got a whole cat booked for 3/7...hoping for great conditions

post #15 of 24
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Got a whole cat booked for 3/7...hoping for great conditions

 

 

give me a call if you would like to make some turns.  

post #16 of 24

A cat skiing trip has been on my "to do" list for too many years....need to make this a goal for 2015

post #17 of 24
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well, when skiing stuff with breakable crusts, one must pay attention. Trust us, we were having fun. We just rarely ever get snow like that here. 

 

Whenever I got tempted by cat skiing, there's always that thought of dropping $400 for half day of breakable crust... 

 

I'm sure it's the exception rather than the rule, given how much most poeple rave about cat/heli skiing. Still, it's not something to do just "once in a life time". The only problem is coming up with the cash to do it often...

post #18 of 24
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it was only crusty at the top exposed area's then it was great snow.  its something any skier who loves powder should do at least once. 

post #19 of 24
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It's something any skier who loves powder should do at least once. 

 

This.

post #20 of 24

:drool

post #21 of 24

Great pics!

 

Here in the PNW, we call that snow you were complaining about "cold smoke" or "blower pow"!

post #22 of 24
How much is a day of skiing with them?
post #23 of 24
Thread Starter 
  • January $450/day/guest and $4500/private cat
  • February $475/day/guest and $4750/private cat
  • March to April 6: $450/day/guest and $4500/private cat
post #24 of 24

Man, when I went last season we didn't get soup and pasta, we just got sandwiches (though they were tasty). We didn't have any breakable crust, though, just the deep powder and blue skies part... Looks like a good day, their posts on fb have been droolworthy this season!

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