Aspen Powder Tours
Aspen Powder Tours Cat Skiing
is the ultimate activity for a powderhound. The sight of all that fresh powder ready to be shredded is enough to get a powderhound smacking their chops!
With Aspen Powder Tours you have the opportunity to ski or snowboard lots of untracked stashes on the backside of Aspen Mountain. With a backcountry powder tour there are no lift lines, no hordes to elbow aside to get the freshies, and no hiking to get to the goods. A luxury snowcat takes you to the top of the primo terrain, and once the cat is away, the powderhounds can play!
The Aspen cat skiing tours meet at 8:15am in the Silver Queen gondola building at the base of Aspen Mountain
. After a gondola ride to the top, the group is provided with a safety orientation by two guides before heading out in the snowcat.
Where is Aspen Cat Skiing Located?
The powder playground is located on the backside of Ajax (Aspen Mountain), one of the four ski resorts of Aspen Snowmass
. Aspen Mountain sits above the town of Aspen Colorado, 220 miles southwest of Denver.
Cat Skiing Package
The package includes a full day of guided cat skiing, the lift ticket for gondola access, snacks and drinks throughout the day, and use of an avalanche beacon. A hearty gourmet lunch is also included which is served in a rustic cabin in the mountains.
The use of powder skis or a powder snowboard is highly recommended. These can be rented through Gorsuch or Pomeroy Sports across the street from the Silver Queen gondola.
Snowcat Skiing Terrain
The snowcat runs along Richmond Ridge, providing access to 1,200 skiable acres (486 hectares) of terrain that drops off either side of the ridge. This is almost twice the size of the Ajax terrain, and you only have to share all that powder with a handful of other riders.
The terrain covered each day depends on the snow and weather conditions, and the group’s expertise. Aspen Powder Tours recommend a ski school level 7 as a minimum, or a strong and athletic intermediate ability level or higher.
The cat skiing terrain largely consists of open meadows and bowls that have the occasional tree. The pitch is generally the equivalent of blue and black runs at the ski resort. For advanced riders, there are also some steeper slopes and tree skiing.
On average guests bang out 10 runs and 10,000 vertical feet (about 3,000 metres) of skiing or boarding each day. There is no cap on the number of runs and a fast competent group could get in many many more turns.
The elevation for most of the skiing and snowboarding is between 10,000 and 11,500 feet (3,000 to 3,500 metres), so the fine Rocky Mountain powder is kept pristine. And the backside of Aspen Mountain typically gets bigger dumps of snow than the ski resort, so there’s a high chance you’ll really be revelling in it!
More Reasons to Cat Ski with Aspen Powder Tours
A day or more of cat skiing with Aspen Powder Tours is the perfect addition to an Aspen ski
vacation. You can enjoy all that Aspen has to offer: world class ski resorts; family friendliness; abundant shops, restaurants and bars; and the many other off-slope activities.
With the cat ski tours you can get away from the moguls and the masses, and head into the backcountry. Cat skiing is the supreme way to go shred the big white wave.