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Old 11-04-2005   #1
 
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Best Snow Cat Area/opertation ??

Was planning on some cat skiing this year. An opinions? Looking for steeper/advanced terrain. Monarch Pass, Jones Pass (berthoud), Durango Mtn??

Thanks for any opinions.

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Think about Silverton as an alternative to snowcat skiing. Also, I haven't been there, but I heard the snowcat skiing at Steamboat is really good and has some good steeps.
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San Juan Snowcat is a great operation. The terrain is awsome and the guides are really flexible. They let us pick out a cliff and they drove up there and let us huck. We did 11 runs and they privide a nice lunch.

I think Silverton Mtn is the biggest rip off in the state. $125 for four runs and a shit load of attitude. 95% of everyone I talk to says the same. Even the ski patrol will tell you that they hear way more negative than positive. We started skiing at 11am and stopped at 2:30pm, I felt like I had my stereo stolen. The terrain is sic but the attitude and operation is a joke. Don't go unless you are a ready to kiss Brills ass.
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How much does a day of cat skiing run for San Juan?
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I went to Monarch last season and it was great. I booked the entire Cat and brought along 11 friends. Worked out to be $100 per person. Awesome price. We skied 12-14 runs all different lengths and they based the level off our crew. We had the cat packed with and expert group, so it made for a great day. Lot's of fresh tracks with 14" of new china white the day before we showed up.

Monarch is great, we stayed in Salida the night before. And, that made for perfect stay.

Here's a list to check out for a complete list of options.

http://freeskier.com/freeskier/news.php?news_id=267
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san juan

The San Juan gig was actually the one our buddy was thinking about. Its $225 an individual or if you rent the whole cat i believe its $200 for 10 people. Thanks for the info!!!
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$225!!! I paid $100 two years ago. Did it go up that much?
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yeah looks like $220 for high season (till end of march). Thanks for the insight, guess its between Monarch and San Juan.
I need some mechanized steeps!!!!! Don, 14" of China White....now thats a party!! bet the skiing wasn't bad either.

http://www.sanjuanski.com/index.html

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Definitely check out the Blue Sky West / Steamboat Powdercats operation. The snow up there is super light and the terrain is fantastic. First-rate, although maybe a bit more expensive then some of the other folks around the state. Gets cheaper when you hire the whole cat....

Still, one of the best days skiing in my life:

http://steamboatpowdercats.com/images/Gallery/March1/

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Mt. Fun , Idaho Springs . Been three years in a row , Havn't had a bad trip yet . Decent vert , plenty of pow , and very cool guides . Reasonable price too . Around $175 .
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