Park City Powdercats
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Park City Powder Cats
Park City Powder Cats provide the finest cat skiing in Utah! This Utah cat skiing and snowboarding outfit provides a first class backcountry ski experience all the way. The Park City cat skiing operates from the Thousand Peaks Ranch, which in summer is used by sheep, whilst during winter it’s taken over by steep and deep.
The deep Utah powder is world famous! Utah has the best powder in North America. It’s delightfully dry, light and fluffy; the type of delicious powder that makes a powder hound feel completely euphoric. The quality of the powder is incredible, yet Park City Powdercats also has quantity, with over 400 inches of snow per season. “Deep” doesn’t really explain it…perhaps “bottomless” is more apt!
What is Cat Skiing?
For the uninitiated, cat skiing is the purrrrrfect way to go backcountry powder skiing and snowboarding. A snowcat (a grooming machine) with a cabin on the back, transports guests up the mountain. A guide then escorts skiers and snowboarders down untracked powder runs. The snowcat then makes it way to the bottom and picks up the skiers for the next run.
Cat skiing is inexpensive relative to heli skiing, and the advantage it has over heli skiing is that it’s more social and you can unwind and warm up between runs. The Park City Powdercats snowcat is heated and comfortably appointed, so you can sit back and relax during the ride whilst you bond with like-minded powder hounds.
Check out our overview of snowcat skiing for more information on what is cat skiing
Cat Skiing Utah – The Biggest
There are only three Utah cat skiing operations and Park City Powder Cats is by far the biggest. With more than 40,000 acres (about 17,000 hectares), Park City Powdercats has much more terrain than the skiable area of all the Utah ski resorts
But PC Powdercats is not just large by Utah standards. It’s the second biggest snowcat skiing operation in North America (and the world!). Despite what some blokes say, big is always better!
Where is Park City Powder Cats?
PC Powder Cats operate from the Thousand Peaks Ranch in the Uinta Mountains of Utah. The ranch is just 25 miles east of Park City (a drive that takes 30-40 minutes), and 59 miles east of Salt Lake City
. In addition to being close to the Park City ski resorts, Park City Powder Cats is also near many of the other Utah ski resorts such as Snowbird
, and Solitude
If you don’t have your own wheels to get to the Thousand Peaks Ranch, there are various transportation options from the Park City area.
Park City Cat Skiing Packages
PC Powder Cats offer single day packages. This gives you the flexibility to include cat skiing as part of your Park City vacation that takes in the Park City ski resort
, Deer Valley
. The single day format also gives you the flexibility to choose your own Park City lodging
Of course if you become addicted to cat skiing after the first day (which is highly likely!), you can do multiple days of cat skiing (pending availability).
A powder buffet should be all the sustenance a powder hound needs, but if not, the package also includes breakfast, lunch, après-ski munchies, beverages and snacks.
If you don’t have your own fat skis, there are various options for Park City ski rentals
Park City Cat Ski Terrain
Each day, Park City Powder Cats take out 2 to 3 snowcats with a maximum group size of 10 guests per cat. With such vast terrain, the untracked snow is endless, so you can have the “greatest snow on earth” to yourselves. And the elevations are up to 11,000 feet so the snow generally stays pristine.
The 40,000 acres of terrain includes steep alpine bowls, aspen glades, fir tree skiing, meadows, and lots of other delights across a variety of angles and aspects.
Each day you’ll cover 8 to 12 runs and approximately 10,000 vertical feet of powder skiing, with each run providing 1,000 feet of vertical on average.
The PC cat skiing is suited to advanced skiers and snowboarders with powder experience. If you haven’t had the pleasure of backcountry skiing, a reasonable comparison would be that you could comfortably ride most terrain types in variable conditions at ski resorts in the western states.
Park City Heli Skiing
Cat skiing is the mainstay of the Park City Powdercats business, but PC Cats also offer heli skiing. The cat skiing is fabulous, but if you want to elevate the ultimate experience a bit more, then check out the heli skiing!
The Park City heli skiing is suited to the more advanced and adventurous powderhound, with the heli skiing occurring just outside the regular snowcat skiing terrain.
The heli skiing packages are by private charter with up to 6 clients in 2 groups. Expect 6+ awesome runs per day, with more vertical than the cat skiing (approximately 1,500 vertical feet per run).
As with all heli skiing, the helicopter can only fly in good weather. The main advantage PC Cats has over other USA heli skiing
is that if the weather closes in during the day, you can seamlessly swap over to cat skiing and continue to rip up the powder!
Park City Powder Cats also offer guided backcountry skiing in terrain adjacent to the cat and heli skiing area. The day starts with a snowcat trip up to 9000’ to get most of the work out the way. You can then skin and ride all that powder to your hearts content.
Please use the booking form
to make an enquiry regarding the backcountry skiing tours.
More Reasons To Cat Ski with Park City Powder Cats
Any snowcat skiing is awesome, but cat skiing Utah is phenomenal. The words “sick” and “unreal” come to mind when thinking about Utah powder. This powder hound is drooling just thinking about it!