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Steamboat Powder Cats expert terrain.

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi everybody!

Next year I'll be on a business trip to Hayden and want to get the most out of it by going on a catskiing trip.

What interests me is whether the SPC has good steep terrain. The overall idea of Steamboat skiing looks like tight trees and not very steep. I'm not a super star so I don't need anything that looks like elevator shaft but anyway I'd love to have some good pitch.

So for those of you who have been on an expert trip with this op how does the expert terrain there look like?

Is it comparable to say Snowbird, Alta or JH?

Thanks a lot. 

post #2 of 10

http://www.steamboatpowdercats.com/ability/expert.htm

 

Check out the site. The vid they show as expert realy does not represent the tightness of trees you may encounter. I can tell you that on my advanced level we skied mostly runs with trees about 3-6' apart.  The terrain differs depending on where the best conditions exist. The biggest difference is the speed at which most true experts will ski these trees and other technical areas. They leave me in the dust.  The guides will assess your abilities and will not take you into terrain they feel you can't handle however, if you sign up for the expert level (which means you better have the goods) and you can't ski terrain others can on your trip, they reserve the right to make you sit it out on the snowcat. Contrary to some folks comments, there are plenty of steep areas on Buffalo Pass where you will be skiing. I believe Phil skied the expert terrain.


Edited by Finndog - 6/1/2009 at 05:54 pm GMT
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 

Finndog, do I understand you right that the difference in the terrain levels is based on the tightness of the trees. Do they have some wide open/sparsely treed area with steeper pitches? 

post #4 of 10

The terrain in Buff pass is varied so depending on the conditions they are going to take you to whatever is best or where they want to work for that day. Some areas are very tight trees, some are open some are rocky with some cliff bands. Just be prepared for anything. They ski at a faster pace and there are no breaks.

post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 

 Thanks, Finndog!

 

post #6 of 10

 

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The terrain in Buff pass is varied so depending on the conditions they are going to take you to whatever is best or where they want to work for that day. Some areas are very tight trees, some are open some are rocky with some cliff bands. Just be prepared for anything. They ski at a faster pace and there are no breaks.

This was something that I put on my goal list at the end of last season.

Before 2011 I will be fit enough and skilled enough to do this!

post #7 of 10

Here is my review: http://www.epicski.com/forum/thread/82894/k2-pbr-steamboat-powdercats they are a class operation.  

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Thanks, Phil!

Any comments on the terrain angles? It's quite difficult to judge from the photos. 

post #9 of 10

Nothing uber steep but still a ton of fun none the less. I was never bored we did about 18K the first day then 15K the second, just because the cat was running slower because there was so much snow.  

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Thanks, Phil!

Any comments on the terrain angles? It's quite difficult to judge from the photos. 

 

post #10 of 10

If my Wife can do it, you probably can. Depends which group you get put in.

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