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Jones Pass Cat Skiing

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Price p/p From price based on per person in a mixed group per day for the 23/24 season.
Base price/invoice currency is USD
Price includes taxes
USD 700

Full day guided cat skiing + lunch + apres drink

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Location: USA | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry
Ability: Intermediate to Expert
Price p/p From price based on per person in a mixed group per day for the 23/24 season.
Base price/invoice currency is USD
Price includes taxes
USD 700
Join Jones Pass Guides for an epic day of guided cat skiing in the Jones Pass area located just 45 minutes from Denver. The day includes avalanche safety gear, lunch and apres drink. Join as a solo/small group or rent the entire cat for up to 12 guests.
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Jones Pass Cat Skiing

Jones Pass Cat Skiing offers EPIC experiences for winter sports enthusiasts have become powder addicts! Whether a skier or snowboarder, the team of professional guides want to share their knowledge and passion for the backcountry with all of those they guide.

The high altitude combined with good Northern exposure keeps the snow cold and light. Operating in the Jones Pass area with an operating permit of 2,600 acres, Jones Pass Guides have the powder, vertical and adventure for an epic powder experience. Holding true to their powder addiction, they run trips seven days a week. Better yet, they are located only 45 minutes from Denver.

All trips include K2 powder demo skis, safety gear, lunch provided by Rudi’s Deli, and 2 free beers at the end of the day, compliments of Steamworks Brewery. Photography services are available for an additional fee.

Join a day or more as a solo traveler or small group or book the entire snowcat for your own private group of up to 14.

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We want everyone to have a great time! There are, however, some ability issues that should be mentioned. Nobody wants to hold up the rest of the group on a powder day, so here are a few things to consider prior to booking...


  1. All guests should be in good physical condition. You will be skiing backcountry powder at high elevations and it demands a lot from your body.
  2. We do not groom any runs!
  3. Guests should be comfortable skiing expert runs at developed resorts.


Our choice of terrain each day is based on avalanche hazard, snow conditions and skier/rider ability. Guests should be of advanced and expert ability and able to ski in variable snow conditions on a variety of terrain. The terrain ranges in elevation from 10,500’ to 12,500’ and an average day of snow cat skiing is 8-12 runs with plenty of vertical depending on the speed of the group and the terrain available & conditions. The guest to guide ratio is 4:1.

Terrain includes:

  • High alpine bowls
  • Gladed meadows
  • Rock bands
  • Open chutes

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Getting There

Jones Pass cat skiing is located just 45 minutes drive from Denver in the Jones Pass Area.

Meet at the Jones Pass trail-head located 9 miles North of Empire Colorado on US 40. 

Directions to Basecamp

We will meet here to get ready, check out gear, and briefly orientate everyone about the day.
From I-70, take exit 232 to US 40, proceed northwest approximately 1.7 miles to 409 Park Ave, Empire, CO 80438. There will be parking in front and to the Northwest of the building. From here we will shuttle up to Jones Pass parking lot with our bus.

Directions from I-70 To the Jones Pass Trail Head

From I-70, take exit 232 to US 40, proceed northwest approximately 9 miles to small town of Berthoud Falls.
Turn left at the large sign for cat skiing (Jones Pass/Henderson Mine Road)
Follow Henderson Mine Road for 2.1 miles where it will dead end at Jones Pass Trailhead.

From Winter Park: Take US40 West approx. 16 miles. You will see the large sign directing you to turn right on Henderson Mine Road. Follow that road for 2.1 miles where it will dead end at Jones Pass Trailhead. You will see the snowcat, and your Guide Team waiting to check you in.

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Dates, Rates, Inclusions & Add-Ons 

2023/24 Rates

Single Seat Mixed Group: US$700 per person per day
Small Group Private Snowcat Charter: 2-6 guests, US$3,900 per day
Medium Group Private Snowcat Charter: 7-14 guests, US$7,400 per day
  • Base/invoice currency is USD
  • Price includes taxes
  • Minimum of 6 people required for mixed group cat to operate
  • FULL DAY of guided snowcat skiing and riding on Jones Pass
  • Safety gear (Mammut pulse beacons, shovel, probe, pack and RECCO)
  • Optional use of powder skis
  • Lunch catered by Rudi’s Deli
  • Beer from Steamworks Brewing Company at the end of the trip (for guests 21 and older)
  • Purchase of photographs on the day
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Jones Pass Guides Terms & Conditions

Upon making a reservation with Jones Pass Guides Ltd., all guests agree to these terms and conditions:

Jones Pass Guides has no control or responsibility for the weather.

COVID-19 Special conditions

- customers will be required to signing a covid waiver prior to participation.
- guides will travel in a separate vehicle to the snowcat cabin.
- the cancelation policy stands as it was. The purchase will be good for the lifetime of the operation.

Minimum Age

Minimum age is 14 if accompanied by a parent and 16 without a parent. All minors must have a liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian.

6 to Ride Rule

On any given day we must have 6 seats sold to guarantee the trip will go. We will take reservations for less than 6 and then try to fill the day but cannot promise it will go.

Payment & Cancellation & Refund Policy

At the time of booking we require a 100% deposit. If you cancel your reservation outside of 72-hours you will forfeit 50% of the deposit. If you cancel within 72-hours, you will lose the entire trip cost. We are reserving seats on our snowcats for you and your group; thus, we are now turning away potential guests.

Jones Pass Guides is not responsible for other travel costs. We recommend interrupted travel insurance where it is available. If you have to cancel and can find someone else who will just pay you the monies owed, we will allow for this as long as your replacement comes on the day of your reservation. If we have to refund and then take a new payment, we will do this for a 10% cancellation/transaction fee.

We are passionate about sharing our love of the backcountry, safely with our guests. If for some reason we have to cancel due to lack of snow or mechanical failure, road closures or high avalanche hazard prior to your trip date, then we will credit your money to another trip in season based on availability or the following season without any administration fee. If you’d like a refund immediately then we will do so minus a 10% administrative fee. Additionally, under these circumstances, your reservations are 100% transferrable to a 3rd party. Jones Pass Guides does not provide refunds for a client’s inability to arrive on time or for health-related issues or cancellations due to family emergencies or injuries. Jones Pass Guides reserves the right to cancel a package at any time and full refunds will be given. Jones Pass Guides cannot be held responsible for a client’s personal inconvenience or travel expenses.

Please do us all a favor and make sure you review the email confirmation that our system will generate and send to you. Double check the date and number of guests for that day as well as all of our policies and information. There is no way that you can move forward with a reservation at Jones Pass Guides without having read or had a staff member talk about these policies. Our cancellation policies will play into non-refundable payments and you or your group will not be getting a refunded or credited any amount of money in return.