Silverton Cat Skiing is a unique and special cat ski operation. The small,
catered cat ski tour company was designed and laid out in the 1997 by owners and
guides Todd Brodbeck and John. Silverton Powdercats is located just one mile
from the summit of Molas Pass off Highway 550, a beautiful mountain drive. The
terrain was laid out by Todd and Jon with a mission in mind: minimum cat time
and maximum ski time.
You start your day boarding the cat, crossing Highway 550, and within minutes
you are skiing off the flanks of majestic Grand Turk Mountain, an incredible
scenic butte that frames your photos for the cat ski day. We skied mostly the
East, South and Southwestern exposure of this very scenic and vast terrain.
Silverton Powdercats enjoys thousands of acres of tenure in the snowy San Juan
Mountains. In the distance you can see Purgatory Durango Mountain, look across
at towering Snowdon Peak, the extraordinary Engineer Peak, The Sisters and
Twilight Peaks. the views are almost as good as the vertical, but it's all about
the skiing and riding.
Most of your cat skiing is wide open bowls, with a few trees. There are some
extreme chutes and steep powder shots, and very well spaced tree glades, but you
are mostly tree free. Thanks to the Utte Indians' fire in the late 1800's, the
terrain is quite wide open and has very few trees and mostly open snow fields.
The unexpected surprise of a day cat skiing is the camaraderie amongst fellow
skiers and snowboarders in the cat during your short return trips to the top.
Lunch, a satisfying mountainside picnic, is provided as part of your cat ski
day. Your cat skiing group size is small and semi-private at just 10 per snow
cat, a Piston Bully. You can also get your own group and charter you own cat for
the day, a truly awesome catered -to cat ski experience.
Lunch, two guides and safety equipment is all included in your day of cat skiing
with Silverton Powdercats for about $355. You can expect to get about 10 -12
runs from elevations of 12,500'. This level of cat skiing is best recommended
for strong skiers comfortable in all types of conditions. Fat powder skis are
highly recommended, which can be rented in nearby Silverton or Durango ski
shops. Your Powdercats Guide will provide you with avalanche beacons and a
safety protocol check, probes and shovels are not required. Your Powdercat day
starts at 9am, with a return ski typically at 3:30-4pm.
At the end of your day, you ski right back to the Powdercats parking lot and
base camp, no long bumpy cat ride home like many other cat ski companies -
instead you are skiing to the finish line with a snow eating grin.