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Cat Skiing at Keystone CO

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What have people's experiences been like Cat skiing at Keystone? It looks like limited verticle from the trail map, but you never know.
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What have people's experiences been like Cat skiing at Keystone? It looks like limited verticle from the trail map, but you never know.
OK I need to bump this up for us who have passes to the 5 mountain family..there have got to be bears out their w/some beta..so give it up!!!

For starters how does it compare to cat skiing at Copper on Tucker???
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here's a tip: you can hike to the cat accessed stuff for...take a deep breath...FREE!

i've done the cat accessed stuff by hiking once (2 seasons ago). when i was at Keystone this past season it was late March/early April and the snow conditions were kind of a$$, so hiking wasn't much worth it.
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Yeah, the cat thing got going after my time there, but the area they've opened up is a ridge-thing that stretches out. You can head out there without too much effort. The good thing about the cat operation is that this area is now legal to ski, whether you ride or use Shank's Pony.
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there have got to be bears out their w/some beta..so give it up!!!
AFAIK, the specialist Keystone bear is Bob Barnes. Just purchase a copy of the excellent "Complete Encyclopedia of Skiing" and I'd imagine Bob will fill you in on the Keystone cat skiing.
(I haven't done it myself. I did use to hike the Outback, but I think the cat skiing is mainly in other areas - Bergman & Ericson bowls, possibly also Independence Bowl this season.)
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here's a tip: you can hike to the cat accessed stuff for...take a deep breath...FREE!
Thanks for the tip, as reading the trail map it wasn't clear if the cat would take you some place that hoofing wouldn't. I know how to ride shank's mare even if the elevation is a problem for us flatlanders.
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Ok, I've done the Keystone Cat and it was alright. It was on a powder day, about 16" of nice stuff. It's a short ride that gets you up above a ridge that give you some access to some open terrain that eventually drops down into some fun trees on the way back to the trails. I believe it was $5 a pop and they only take twelve at a time. What's only a 8 minute ride up is only a twelve or thirteen minute hike for those of you who have good lungs and legs. The price makes it ok once in a whilebut it really isn't anything I'd want to make a habit over. It also doesn't compare to the access the free cat at Copper gives you. I guess it's a tourist thing. If you are there for the first time, do it. If you're a regular visitor, once or twice is enough.
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Lars, I believe what you are referring to is the $5 Outback Shuttle. That is indeed an area that is very easy to hike as well.
But I don't think that is the same area that is used by the main catski operation, which costs $75 for a day (10am - 2pm) and departs from the top of Dercum Mtn. (Formerly called Keystone Mtn.) More info here:
http://keystone.snow.com/info/katridingtours.asp
They want to expand into Independence bowl, but from this story it's unclear whether it will happen for 06/07:
http://www.summitdaily.com/article/2...NEWS/105140046
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I think the original thread was in reference to the outback shuttle because of the trailmap statement. At least that's the way I took it.

I've never been on the other cat although I have done some backcountry where the cat runs. Over towards Montazuma from ABasin. There's some nice terrain but I don't think they get that far. I've seen their tracks and where they go. If they expand into Independence, they will charge alot more than the $75 that's for sure.
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I would like to add that what they do service now isn't very steep. It's Colorado powder skiing for sure but from the area they now service, there's nothing steep enough to get excited over. And actually, for the $5 the shuttle charges, there is some real fun tree skiing areas included.
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I've been to Keystone a few times, and each time found it to have the least snow of any place I've skied in Colorado.

ANY cat-skiing is great - regardless of snowfall. But, with a total honest snowfall of about 150 inches, how much real powder is there to be harvested at Keystone?
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I've been to Keystone a few times, and each time found it to have the least snow of any place I've skied in Colorado.

ANY cat-skiing is great - regardless of snowfall. But, with a total honest snowfall of about 150 inches, how much real powder is there to be harvested at Keystone?
I've hit some nice powder days there over the years but it is rare. Not because of the snowfall. Why haven't I had more there? Because if it's a powder day, I'll be skiing somewhere else. Most likely Copper or Vail.
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