Backcountry Skiing

When you hear talk about Steamboat Springs, Colorado, it’s usually in reference to it’s title of Ski Town, U.S.A. It’s home to over 80 winter olympians, world-class tree skiing, and fluffy champagne powder! To really experience the beauty of skiing in this small town, head out into the backcountry to ski and ride some of the best, most scenic untouched terrain out there. Here’s who to call for this unique skiing experience.

Steamboat Powdercats

Steamboat Powdercats is the provider for your Steamboat backcountry skiing fun! And they are one of the oldest snowcat skiing operations in Colorado! Back in 1983, Jupiter and Barbara Jones convinced the Forest Service to allow them to explore Buffalo Pass, located just 25 minutes from downtown Steamboat. That exploratory adventure turned into one of the finest snowcat operations in North America.

Tour Options With Steamboat Powdercats

There are three different levels that define the Powdercats trips.

Level I: Introduction to the backcountry

  • Skiers- confident on all blue runs, will ski/ride black runs, comfortable linking smooth and controlled parallel turns, no wedging or pizza style skiing
  • Snowboarders- make fluid heel to town turns, no falling leaf, can stop on heel or toe side
  • Pick ups and drop offs from the snowcat at a variety of ridge lines on Buffalo Pass
  • Ski and ride the open glades on blue/black type terrain pitch
  • Powder skis/boards provided

Level II: Advanced Backcountry Skiing

  • For skiers and riders who have been riding for many years, confident powder skills and techniques, can ski or ride in all depths of fresh powder, ski/ride through widely and tight spaced trees, solid leg strength, pop/float turns in powder, can stop at any time in deep snow without falling, traverse in both directions and actively seek out fresh snow on powder days
  • Ski/ride open glades and venture into the trees as well as steeper zones
  • Pick ups and drop offs from snowcat at a variety of ridge lines on Buffalo Pass
  • Powder skis/boards provided

Level III: Expert Skiing & Riding

  • Skiers/riders must have extensive powder experience, be comfortable on any terrain, in any condition, at any speed, love to fly through tight trees, ski/ride double blacks comfortably, able to handle any snow conditions, not challenged by rocky terrain
  • Must be able to follow guides instructions in avalanche terrain
  • Long, steep terrain that will challenge any skier/snowboarder
  • Pick ups and drop offs by snowcat at a variety of ridges with access to incredible double black pitches

Reservation For Steamboat Powdercats

How do you end up waist deep in champagne powder in the trees of the Buffalo Pass? It’s easy! Just call 970.879.5188 to speak to someone about booking your trip. Or, visit them online at for more information and to make your reservations.