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Ski areas with free/inexpensive cat skiing

I thought it might have value as a public service announcement to list in one thread any North American ski resorts that offer free (with lift ticket) or very inexpensive a la carte snowcat skiing. Please add resort, and any known cost, terrain info, or corrections with your input. I was going to exclude full-day cat operations that cost hundreds of dollars, but if you know of an exceptionally cheap day-long cat ski operation that might also be appropriate to mention for the intent of this thread. Thanks.

Red Mtn, BC/$10 per cat ride/serves Mt. Kirkup
Copper Mtn, CO/free with lift ticket/serves Copper Bowl and Tucker Mtn
Loveland, CO/free with lift ticket/serves The Ridge @ 13k feet
Powder Mountain, UT/$15 per cat ride
Aspen Highlands, CO/free with lift ticket
Keystone, CO (Are they still offering a la carte cat rides? They used to be $5.)
Silverton, CO/steep, lift served terrain with no grooming comes free with lift ticket:-)
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Big Mountain..err Big Mountain at Whitefish...err Big Fish at White Mountain or whatever they are calling it....used to run ca car back into Hell Roaring Basin, not sure if they are any more. Paging @sibhusky to the white(fish) courtesy phone. 

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The price at Powder Mountain is up to $18 as of 2014.  Still $15 for season pass holders.

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Big Mountain..err Big Mountain at Whitefish...err Big Fish at White Mountain or whatever they are calling it....used to run ca car back into Hell Roaring Basin, not sure if they are any more. Paging @sibhusky to the white(fish) courtesy phone. 

They don't do that now.  Now we are running a lift to that area.  :)

 

However, Great Northern Powder Guides is running an operation north of us along the same mountain range.  I don't think they quite fit the OP's requirements.  

 

There is another operation whose name escapes me now.  Will have to ask the daughter as I think she knows the guys.  (Might be BlueBird Guides, but they seem to concentrate on back country guiding.  Not sure about the cat part.)

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The price at Powder Mountain is up to $18 as of 2014.  Still $15 for season pass holders.


 



In addition to the $18 snowcat rides at Powder Mountain, we could add the Powder Country bus rides as an off piste "cat-like" experience that comes free with price of lift ticket at Powder Mtn.
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A little more about the cat at Red Mountain.  The area is called Topping Creek.  You buy the ticket when you board the cat.  You end up at the base of the Grey Mountain lift, which is relatively new.  Guess having a cat for Grey Mt the season before the lift was installed was a success.  Red is on my bucket list for a ski safari from Spokane some day.

 

http://www.redresort.com/activities/topping-creek-cat-skiing/

 

News release from July 2014

http://www.powder.com/latest-news/red-mountain-resort-expands-terrain/

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Keystone, CO (Are they still offering a la carte cat rides? They used to be $5.)
As of this past March they are still doing them for $5 from the top of the Outback.
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Big Mountain..err Big Mountain at Whitefish...err Big Fish at White Mountain or whatever they are calling it....used to run ca car back into Hell Roaring Basin, not sure if they are any more. Paging @sibhusky
 to the white(fish) courtesy phone. 
They don't do that now.  Now we are running a lift to that area.  smile.gif

However, Great Northern Powder Guides is running an operation north of us along the same mountain range.  I don't think they quite fit the OP's requirements.  

There is another operation whose name escapes me now.  Will have to ask the daughter as I think she knows the guys.  (Might be BlueBird Guides, but they seem to concentrate on back country guiding.  Not sure about the cat part.)

Article on Great Northern Powder Guides. http://www.inlander.com/spokane/powder-power/Content?oid=2367180
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