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Loveland Cat?

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Thread Starter 

Don't remember hearing much about the Cat skiing operation at Loveland. Anyone familiar with it?


According to their web site, it's free. I have skied Loveland only a couple times so am not familiar with the area the cat is serving. 

 

All information will be appreciated. 

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Seems like a lot of information at http://skiloveland.com/the-mountain/the-ridge-cat/ including a map. This is also a warning that "The Ridge Cat provides access to MOST DIFFICULT or EXTREME TERRAIN with the sole exception of the route taken by the cat" and a requirement to have a "Ridge Cat Pass which can be picked up free of charge at the Basin Ticket Office" in addition to valid ticket or pass.

 

It only opened last Sat so there may not be many who have used it. I would expect some of the snow to be wind affected.

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Any local who may have first hand information about the area served by the cat?

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What sort of details are you looking for? There are a lot of good routes serviced by the cat, many of which are quite steep. The cat doesn't gain that much vert but it goes far horizontally. Wait for the cat can get long but I like it
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I was there once and since it was Tuesday we were told the cat wouldn't run. I think it is usually wed-sun? Well since it was a powder day they ran the cat and we missed out because we didn't sign the waiver when we bought our lift ticket. We ended up hiking instead and I had the best single run of my life. Not sure if this is typical but the wind was blowing tons of snow into the bowl and it was thigh deep. The hike was brutal since the wind was cooking, thought I was gonna freeze to death, but it was well worth it. If you like wide open bowls with cornice entries you will like the terrain the snowcat services and we didn't even scratch the surface. I think there are some chutes further out than we wanted to hike. Not too shabby for a $40 lift ticket :)

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Originally Posted by nathanvg View Post

What sort of details are you looking for? There are a lot of good routes serviced by the cat, many of which are quite steep

Horseshoe bowl steep?

 

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 The cat doesn't gain that much vert but it goes far horizontally. Wait for the cat can get long but I like it

I guess that's the part I don't quite get. The maps shows the cat just traverse along the ridge top. Is that right? Do they let people off along the ridge or drop off at the far end?

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Horseshoe bowl steep?
Yes

I guess that's the part I don't quite get. The maps shows the cat just traverse along the ridge top. Is that right? Do they let people off along the ridge or drop off at the far end?
everyone gets off near the top. Some runs require a little additional hiking, others you ski down to. You can't really just traverse in without hike or cat because your too low
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Horseshoe bowl steep?

 

I guess that's the part I don't quite get. The maps shows the cat just traverse along the ridge top. Is that right? Do they let people off along the ridge or drop off at the far end?


Not sure. I think I heard that average pitch is about 42 degrees, though the first few turns on some runs are a good bit more. Of course other runs are much less (Field of Dreams, Tickler). Some runs are cornice entrance. The Ridge Cat adds very little vertical, but goes a good way out. You can hike the distance, but the cat saves significant time. It doesn't actually go the full distance north, just most of the way. It picks up and one gate and drops off at another gate. No stops in between. Terrain to the south of the lift is still hike access only. Since you seem slightly familiar with the mountain, the cat serves the area above Chair 8 and Chair 4 (though you can get to most of the terrain above 4 without the cat). In general, the Ridge Cat only runs when there is adequate visibility. The ski patrol is very strict about closing the gate at the stated time (I think it's 2:30), so the last run on the cat could be much earlier than that. Best to try to get to it in the morning or immediately after lunch. While the cat opens up a lot of skiable terrain, it also opens a lot more area that the ski patrol has to bomb, which on a powder day can take a while, so often the best cat skiing is a day or couple after a storm.

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