Required Skill Level
A typical day
8:30: Arrive at our cabin at Private Ranch. Check in with our staff and fill out all forms
8:40: Meet your guides, Beacons distributed, lead guide gives snowcat assignments, orientation for day along with safety protocols.
9:00: Hop in the cat, review safety protocols in depth.
9:45: Arrive at a slope, take your first run (one at a time for safety).
10:00: Ski untouched powder with 5-10 minute cat rides between laps. Chat, snack, and hydrate between runs.
12:00: Lunch of sandwiches, wraps, soups, teas, and fresh-baked goods.
1:00: Boots on, roll out.
1:15: Powder, bowls, chutes, glades, etc.
3:45: Return to cabin.
4:30: Celebrate how epic your day was.
*Weather, snow conditions, & avalanche danger dictate terrain choice.
- Avalanche Beacon
- Skiing or snowboarding equipment
- Backpack with extra layers, socks, gloves, etc.
- Probe and shovel (optional)
- Strong quads and friends who rarely complain
- Your resort skiing outerwear
- Base and mid-layer depending on the weather
- A helmet (optional, but highly recommended)
- Once upon a time, skiers used to use 10-foot-long planks. The skis got shorter as technology improved. And then, along with most Americans, skis got fatter.
- If you still rock early 2000s skinnies, power to you. BUT, if you’d like to get the most out of PC Powder Cats, bring skis with at least 100 mm. underfoot.
- Boarders, almost any snowboard will be adept in powder. Even still, consider bringing a powder or freeride board. They will a) Float better, b) Save energy, and c) Prevent those unexpected wipeouts where your nose dives under the snow. Simply put: powder skis and boards = more fun for less work.