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Cat or Heli in CO?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Can someone describe to me some of the Cat or (cheaper, if any) Heli Skiing in CO?

Keystone Cats?
What else?
post #2 of 14
San Juan Powder Cats
Monarch Mountain has cat skiing
T-Ride has heli i think
Steamboat Powder Cats AKA Blue Sky West
Cheapest heli (i think) is Silverton with a per-lift price
post #3 of 14
Try Steamboat Powdercats. They run a first class operation, but like any of these, it is not cheap.
post #4 of 14
Aspen Powder Tours on the backside of Aspen Mountain has some fairly decent terrain. Probably the nicest feature is that the cats stay at the top, 11,300ft., and you ride the gondi up in the morning.
This means you actually get more vert because you don't have a real long cat ride first thing. Usually 10-14 1,000-1,500 ft runs depending on your group. Lots of really rich old guys, most of which can ski pretty well.

The guy that runs the cat operation is a really good guy. Since it's owned by the ski co, he's not really concerned with paying bills like some operations. His philosophy is " if it's not good, we don't go."
post #5 of 14
Monarch is my favorite Cat skiing in Colorado. Telluride HeliTrax is the ONLY Heli skiing in the state. I'd say that the cat will give you more bang for your buck.
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by DropCliffsNotBombs View Post
Telluride HeliTrax is the ONLY Heli skiing in the state.
Not any more. Silverton is offering pay as you go heli on the avi-copter. $150 per ride: http://www.silvertonmountain.com/page/experience/heli
post #7 of 14
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Cheapest heli (i think) is Silverton with a per-lift price
jeez. why doesn't anyone ever listen to mom?
post #8 of 14
The Keystone cat operation is a joke. Don't waste your money. They meet at the top of Outback and drive around a bowl that you could hike in about 20 minutes since your already up top. Then you get to ski tracked out snow. The upside is that it's relatively cheap.

Monarch is fantastic some of the best guides and good terrain. Steamboat is great, the cat operation out of Ski Cooper (Chicago Ridge) is a good time
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by geoffda View Post
Not any more. Silverton is offering pay as you go heli on the avi-copter. $150 per ride: http://www.silvertonmountain.com/page/experience/heli
I guess you are right about the Silverton Mountain Heli. I have however, seen the tiny "crop duster" chopper in question dropping two guideless skiers at a time on the same ridge top landing zone before. It's a bit sketch looking from nearby in my opinion.
My point is that the USFS will not grant ANY new heli skiing operations usage permits (on public land) in the state.
post #10 of 14
It appears the the $150 is in addition to the $129/day guided fee.
Not bad, but not really cheap either.
post #11 of 14
In regards to the Keystone comment above. Keystone has two different cat services. The cat at the top of the outback is $5 a ride and like was said, takes you to where you could have hiked in about 20-30min. If you can get on the first few cat rides up on a powder day, it is MORE than worth the $5. There is more than enough terrain in the north and south bowls to get fresh tracks if you get one of the first 3 cats or so. On a non powder day I'll usually hike.

Keystone's other cat service is a guided service in Independence bowl(possibly Ericson bowl as well). I think it was pretty expensive last year and they have not released prices for this year. I believe they only take 2 cats worth of people into Independance bowl per day so the powder stays. Lunch by the Alpenglow Stube(gourmet) and powder ski rentals are included in the price. You can rent the whole cat for $2189.00.
post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Magnum420 View Post
In regards to the Keystone comment above. Keystone has two different cat services. The cat at the top of the outback is $5 a ride and like was said, takes you to where you could have hiked in about 20-30min. If you can get on the first few cat rides up on a powder day, it is MORE than worth the $5. There is more than enough terrain in the north and south bowls to get fresh tracks if you get one of the first 3 cats or so. On a non powder day I'll usually hike.

Keystone's other cat service is a guided service in Independence bowl(possibly Ericson bowl as well). I think it was pretty expensive last year and they have not released prices for this year. I believe they only take 2 cats worth of people into Independance bowl per day so the powder stays. Lunch by the Alpenglow Stube(gourmet) and powder ski rentals are included in the price. You can rent the whole cat for $2189.00.
If you get lucky on Keystone, it's possible to sneak some nice hits at these rates.

Keystone's real issue is limited snow. They get less than any resort in Summit; sometimes less than 200 inches.

Monarch is on the divide, and a better bet for deep snow.
post #13 of 14

Ruby Mountains

OK, wrong state, Nevada. The Ruby Mountains are about a 80 mile long chain in western Nevada, near Elko. Beautiful but isolated place, you'd access from Salt Lake City. The one place in the US I'd like to heli. Have in New Zealand and British Columbia.
Still, lift service is so fast at Aspen and Aspen Highlands, 10 runs, I'm toast. That's 44,000'+ at Highlands.
post #14 of 14
I'd go Cat in CO. Heli in UT.
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