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Tell me about Steamboat powder cats

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hello everybody!
I know from reading this forum some guys have experience with this op. Does it really look like it is worth it going on a trip with them? It seems that I'm going to be in Steamboat this February so am I recommended to try skiing with them?
Thanks for any input.
post #2 of 9
I've done it a few times and both times were awesome. Go to the search function here and you'll get lots of good information as the topic has come up more than a few times.

Atip, book ahead cause they fill up quickly.
post #3 of 9
http://www.steamboatpowdercats.com/

I went a couple weeks ago. It was an absolute blast. There are 3 different groups to choose from depending on your ability level and powder skiing experience. They will pick you up from your lodgings and transport the group to Buffalo Pass where you board the powder cat and go. You get on the mountain before 9:00. At mid-day they take you to their cabin where they serve you a nice lunch. And then you ski for the rest of the day. They also provide the skis & poles (and breakfast & apres beers)

2 Guides ski with you (1 drives the cat) and are there to help dig you out if necessary.

If you are a level 8+ skier, likes to ski trees and have some powder experience then I recommend going with the advanced group. We went with the intermediate (lowest level) group because we were afraid my wife would slow down the advanced group, but she wasn't even close to the worst skier. We got slowed down a little, but not really too bad except for the British guy who got lost for a 1/2 hour. A couple of people pretty much just rode in the cat.

All the lines we skied were fresh (really deep) powder and we got to ski some trees (aspen & pine), and long meadows.

I will be doing it again, but with the advanced group.

Check out the videos on their website and you will get an idea of the types of terrain.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you very much guys!
TerpSKI how would you assess the pitch of the terrain you skied with the intermediate group?
post #5 of 9
I'm still on their webpage:
http://www.steamboatpowdercats.com/i...12.30/deep.gif

Nuff said.
post #6 of 9
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Originally Posted by ripthepow View Post
Thank you very much guys!
TerpSKI how would you assess the pitch of the terrain you skied with the intermediate group?
Pretty gentle, but we had a few people in over their heads, so they dumbed down the terrain a little. There were some steeper pitches but mostly it was blue type terrain. (Except for the trees)

Here's a video from their website which shows some of the advanced terrain.

http://rightskool.com/steamboat/2006/january30.html
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
thank you everybody. I guess I'm goin' to try the intermediate level and after that the advances. I'm still kinda newbie when it comes to the real pow - very few true powder days in my ski life.
post #8 of 9
Nice movie.... but did they really have to tilt that picture 20 degrees?
post #9 of 9

great people but mediocre terrain

I had a blast with them a few years ago. Great guides, nice lunch, beautiful scenery... The only negative is that the terrain is relatively mellow. Tough call to make in advance, because if it dumps while you are there, there is better pow skiing at the resort; if you get a drought, the cat skiing is a great way to get your pow fix.
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