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post #1 of 14
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I'm thinking of going cat skiing while im out in park city. I was planning on going through park city powder cats www.pccats.com . I was wondering if anyone has done this and if it is worth the money. Also more importantly is it hard. I ski the east 100% of the time and dont ski much powder, if any. I have fat skis (im88s) and I was wondering if id be able to have an enjoyable time cat skiing and get used to it. I dopnt want to spend my whole time on the ground trying to find my skis. I can ski basically any trail in the east without moguls. I would consider myself an advanced skier but not quite an expert yet. I will be there from feb 18-25th.


thanks for you help,
Eric
post #2 of 14
While I haven't gone cat skiing I have made the transfer from 100% east to about 1/2 east and west. If you haven't skied powder it might be a little hard at first, it's a big change. The prob you might have is if the rest of the group is good and you're having a hard time. They say they have terrain for all abilities so you might want to talk to them and tell them where you are at with the powder. My wife has a tough time in it while I'm blasting down it. I never leave her alone though but I see that she is fighting it and this can wear you down quick. I would try powder skiing on the slopes first to see how you do before signing up for this. And get powder cats for your skis so you can find them in the deep stuff, best 10 bucks you will spend.
post #3 of 14
Eric,

I agree in the sense you should ski a couple days on the slopes before going on the cat trip. Just to get in shape, build some confidence.

As for should you do the trip and is it worth it.....

YES and YES.

Don't worry about your skis, don't worry about the powder, just go for it. I bet it will change the way you look at skiing. The most important thing to remember when skiing powder or groom; is don't look at your skis, don't get in the habbit of looking down to see your skis disappear. It is a common thing, it's cool to watch them dive and surface. But on your first run down the untracked saweeeeet slope, don't look down when you start, look ahead, gain some speed first then start to turn, don't look down, go fast and go for it, YOU WILL LOVE IT!

Lloyd.

PS crank up your bindings one din before you go, back it down when you get back.

edit: i just looked at your profile. use the pocket rockets.
post #4 of 14
Eric,
I've been out w/PC Powder Cats and can vouch that it is a unique and fun experience that probably is worth the $s for most people. Truth be told, none of the terrain that they take clients out on is what I would consider to be anything more than a moderate black diamond at most resorts, definitely not double diamond. They also offer their own powder skis if your personal fatties aren't enough for out there, but truth be told, part of the whole cat skiing experience is for people to learn how to handle the fluff in a controlled and not hell-for-broke environment like it is at the resorts on some powder days. The last thing is that they have two guides for each group and the 2nd guide is the one the will help anyone who's having troubles and also help to find skis!
Anyway, it's snowing right now here in PC so conditions should be great wherever you go, but I would recommend giving catskiing a shot.
post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
thanks for all the info. I know that it is snowing there in pc now. How bout the log term forcast for next week. Anyone know what is going on?
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post #7 of 14
Thread Starter 
can they really predict the waether that far in advance?
post #8 of 14
GO FOR IT!! It will most likely be the best day of skiing you'll ever have.
Don't worry about the weather as cats don't get grounded like a heli might in bad weather and that's one of the great things about them.
RULE # 1..USE POWDER CORDS OR STRAPS so you don't lose a ski or spend hours digging for one..I would think the operator would make that mandatory... at least I would.
Powder is easy to ski it just takes a little getting used to but I think in your case you should be fine especially with those wide boards AND I don't think they will be taking you down any 50 degree chutes or anything..
I did some cat skiing at Grand Targhee and although I had years of skiing powder while living in Steamboat that cat day at GT still stands out as a top 5 day EVER! Got in 7 runs at 1600-2000 vert each...never crossed a track and it was AWESOME!
post #9 of 14
I have gone out with pc cats several times they go to the unitas range and the sking fairly easy, advanced intermediate at best. Its a great day and definetly worth it . Ray Santamaria runs the show there .The last time out was a couple of years ago and the skis the were using were a little dated .I would ask what there using and if there old try renting some rossi B-4 or older model B-3 or the atomic sugar daddys anything fat and more recent. Your already spending some bucks so don't skimp there
post #10 of 14

PCCats

I went out with PCCats two years ago and had a blast. Very professional operation, the guides were great and seemed to know what they were doing. They do a "Test" run on a fairly open flat section of the mountain to test your ability. From there they decide where to go ski. After that it's how fast you ski will determine how many runs you get in.

Here are my suggestions:

1. Sign up for the Heli-Cat combo. If the weather doesn't cooperate with the Heli, you still go Cat skiing. You get a few more runs in, plus you don't have the 45 min. Cat ride to the top. Plus it's not much more $$

2. Bring a backpack with water, food, clothes, Advil, sun screen, etc. They have water for between runs, but if you're hungry or thirsty on the ride up you're on your own.

3. Meet PCCATS at the hotel and then drive yourself to the "Lodge". that why you can bring what you want with you.


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Originally Posted by Treewell
RULE # 1..USE POWDER CORDS OR STRAPS so you don't lose a ski or spend hours digging for one..I would think the operator would make that mandatory... at least I would.
4. Several people brought their own skis and used them only on a few runs before going back to the fatties PCCAT's had. I didn't ask why they changed to the fatter skis. PCCATS allowed they to take their own skis plus PCCats skis which I though was very accommodating.

BTW - PCCAT's skis didn't have straps or cords.

Have a blast you lucky dog!
post #11 of 14
Do some powder skiing from the lifts first. If you feel the need, buy a lesson in powder. Do go cat skiing after that is the snow is very good.


Ken
post #12 of 14
BTW - PCCAT's skis didn't have straps or cords.

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INTERESTING...do you know if they are made of similar composites as the floatable golf ball??
post #13 of 14
Thread Starter 
cant you tie a piece of thin rope to the brake of the ski rather than buying a powder cord. Its not the money issue, its that im going out on saturday early, so if I ordered them I wouldnt get them in time.
post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by skierecs7
cant you tie a piece of thin rope to the brake of the ski rather than buying a powder cord. Its not the money issue, its that im going out on saturday early, so if I ordered them I wouldnt get them in time.
That will work if you can't get to a ski shop...I've pulled that trick once or twice in the past.
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