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Cat Skiing Operators

Cat Skiing Operators

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By Everett Potter
posted: 10/12/2001

A listing of cat-skiing operators.ON-MOUNTAIN OPERATORS

Aspen Mountain Powder Tours, in Aspen, Colo.
(800-525-6200; www.aspensnowmass.com), has 1,100 acres of bowls, glades and powder fields. A full day costs $225, including lunch and snacks.

Big Mountain Ski & Summer Resort, in Whitefish, Mont.
(800-858-3930; www.bigmtn.com), offers 500 skiable acres of rolling, treed terrain. The cost ranges from $60 to $180 per day, depending on the size of the group.

Brian Head Resort, in Brian Head, Utah,
(435-677-2035; www.brianhead.com), has about 1,500 acres of catskiing. The cost is $5 per run, plus the cost of a lift ticket.

Chicago Ridge Backcountry Tours, at Ski Cooper in Leadville, Colo.,
(719-486-2277; www.skicooper.com), accesses 2,460 acres of treed backcountry around Ski Cooper. A full day, with lunch, is $234.

Grand Targhee Ski & Summer Resort, Wyo.,
(800-827-4433; www.grandtarghee.com/winter/activities), has Peaked Mountain, a 1,000-acre mountain dedicated to catskiing. A full day runs $265, with lunch and snacks. A half day is $199, with snacks.

Monarch Snowcat Tours, at Monarch Ski & Snowboard Area in Monarch, Colo.
(888-996-7669; www.skimonarch.com), offers 900 acres of expert backcountry terrain on the Continental Divide. The cost is $180 for a full day, with lunch.

Powder Mountain, in Eden, Utah
(801-745-3772; www.powdermountain.com), has a cat operation that accesses the 700-acre Lightning Ridge area. The cost is $7 per ride, plus the cost of a lift ticket.

INDEPENDENT OPERATORS

Blue Sky West, in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
(800-288-0543; www.blueskywest.com), offers full days of skiing at both Buffalo Pass and Stagecoach Mountain. The $313 price tag includes breakfast, lunch and equipment rental. Blue Sky West also offers moonlight catskiing and women-only technique days. Brundage Mountain Snowcat Adventures, at

Brundage Mountain Resort in McCall, Idaho,
(208-634-7462; www.brundage.com), accesses 2,800 acres of Idaho backcountry. A full day costs $200 and includes rental skis, lunch and snacks. Brundage Mountain also offers overnight trips, which include two full days of skiing, for $495.

Fernie Wilderness Adventures, in Fernie, B.C.
(250-423-6704; www.fernieadventures.com), runs its cats on 1,000 acres of private land. The cost is $150 ($230 CND) per day, which includes lunch. Though just 15 minutes from Fernie, it also provides accommodations at its lodge for $65 per person, per night ($100 CND).

Montana Backcountry Adventures, near Big Sky, Mont.
(406-995-3880; www.skimba.com), operates on more than 1,800 acres of exclusive backcountry terrain at Lone Mountain. The $230 rate includes continental breakfast, gourmet lunch and snacks.

Mount Bailey Snowcat Skiing, in Diamond Lake, Ore.
(800-446-4555; www.mountbailey.com), offers 6,000 acres of bowls, chutes and glades that get up to 600 inches of snow, with a guarantee of getting you up to 20,000 in Cascades vertical. The cost is $200, including lunch and snacks.

San Juan Ski Co., in the San Juan National Forest near Durango Mountain Resort, Colo.
(800-208-1780; www.sanjuanski.com), takes skiers into a 30,000-acre paradise of old growth forests and gladed bowls, with elevations as high as 12,500 feet. A full day, with lunch, is $175.

Vail Snowcat Skiing, in Vail, Colo.
(800-480-9104; www.vail.net/winter/vailsnowcat), takes you out to Ptarmigan Pass, Resolution Bowl and some of the famous 10th Mountain Division training grounds. The $250 price includes lunch.

DESTINATION LODGES

Glacier Snowcat Tours, at Hatcher Pass in Alaska, two hours north of Alyeska Resort
(907-373-3118; www.akpowder.com), accesses 3,000 above-treeline acres in the Talkeetna Mountains. Three- and five-day packages, including lodging and meals, are available, and rangee $1,100-$1,600 per person.

Great Northern Snowcat Skiing, in Revelstoke, B.C.
(800-889-0765; www.greatnorthernsnowcat.com), utilizes 50 square miles of steep glades and open bowls in the Selkirk Mountain Range, which receives between 600 and 800 inches of snow every year. Three- and six-day packages cost about $390 per day ($600 CND), including all meals and lodging.

Irwin Lodge, 12 miles from Crested Butte, Colo.
(888-464-7946; www.goirwin.com), utilizes more than 2,200 acres of backcountry. The remote 22-room lodge has three- and four-night packages that include lodging, all meals, and round-trip transportation from Crested Butte. Per-person, per-day prices are $400, based on double occupancy.

Island Lake Lodge, in Fernie, B.C.
(888-422-8754; www.islandlakelodge.com), is set amid 7,000 acres in the Lizard Range. Rates begin at $1,020 ($1,530 CND) for a three-night stay and includes lodging, meals, equipment and ground transportation.

Retallack Alpine Adventures, in a remote wilderness a bit more than five hours by car from Spokane, Wash.
(800-330-1433; www.retallack.com), accesses 9,500 acres in the Selkirk Mountains. Visitors stay in the 10,000-square-foot Retallack Resort lodge, where friendly service and gourmet meals are de rigueur. The $475-per-day rate ($736 CND; double occupancy) includes lodging, three meals and use of a transceiver.

White Grizzly Adventures, in Meadow Creek, B.C.
(250-366-4306; www.whitegrizzly.com), 70 miles north of Nelson, accesses 2,000 acres of primarily north- and east-facing slopes in the Goat Range of the Selkirk Mountains, which receives 435 inches annually. Three- and six-day ski packages cost about $285 per day ($430 CND), including all meals and lodging in a rustic five-room log lodge. Single days without lodging are available for $185 ($280 CND).

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