Details & FAQ



Our Cat Skiing Terrain

Located high in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountain in Southwest Colorado near Silverton, Telluride and Durango, Silverton Powdercats’ wide variety of terrain allows us to pick and choose runs to satisfy everyone’s needs. Whether it’s ripping the steep faces of Big Mo, cruising wide open powder of Lime Creek or grooving in the trees of the Glade, our 6,000+ acres of terrain will bring a smile to everyone’s face. Hiking routes are available for those seeking a little more adventure. Click here for more info about our terrain, or see more details in our FAQ below.


We ask that all guests be able to ski or ride at an advanced-intermediate level. Our vast terrain offers an array of experiences allowing our knowledgeable staff to choose terrain that fits each group’s preferences. If you are concerned about holding up other skiers or boarders, or are concerned with being held up, consider a private cat and enjoy the day at your pace (10 person maximum).


Our day starts at 9:00 am with guest check-in. At this time guests will fill out paper work, settle any balances due and go through our safety orientation. Our goal is to leave our parking lot at 9:30 am with a short ride to our first run; no chairlift, to shuttle van to hour-long snowcat ride. We get you to the goods ASAP! From there we will tour our terrain searching out the best snow, averaging 9-14 runs per day depending on the group’s ability and conditions. We end our day by skiing our last run all the way back to our base of operation, no long cat ride home required, an attribute not many operations can tout! We try to end our day returning to home base between 3:30 and 4:00. A full lunch is provided (please let us know of any special diet needs) and served cat-side to keep you fueled for a full day of skiing and riding. Please bring a bottle or bladder of water for personal consumption. We will have limited water for refills as needed.


Avalanche beacons are provided for each guest as well as a full orientation to familiarize you with this equipment. We do not require our guests to carry probes and shovels, as we rely on our guides’ professional training and experience in backcountry procedures, in an emergency situation. You are more than welcome to bring your own shovel, probe or avy pack if you desire. Rockered / hybrid powder skis over 100cm underfoot and powder oriented snowboards are recommended, and may make your day much more enjoyable.  Skis and snowboards are not provided, see the links page for local rental/retail options.

Be prepared for varied weather. We can start out the day bluebird and end in a whiteout, or vice versa, so plan accordingly. Extra googles / lenses (low and high light recommended) and a spare set of gloves is never a bad idea. Sunscreen highly recommended at high altitude. Again, please bring plenty of water.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Why Silverton Powdercats?

Does SPC have a minimum guest policy?

What is your payment policy?

What is your cancellation and refund policy?

Where are you located?

What time do I need to be there?

What happens if there is a storm on the day of my trip?

What is the skiing / terrain like?

How many runs can I expect to make in a day with SPC?

Am I ready for backcountry snowcat skiing?

Are snowboarders welcome?

Do you have steeps, cliffs or freestyle friendly terrain?

What should I bring for my day of powder skiing?

How should I dress for my day of snowcat skiing?

Do I need fat skis?

How big is the group I will ski with?

How are the groups divided?

What is the best time to come snowcat skiing?

What is the weather typically like?

Hows the drive from Telluride?

What about road closures?

Do you offer photography or videography services on your trips?

What about gratuities?

Are there restroom facilities?

Are there any age restrictions?

What should I do if I require a special diet for medical reasons?

How can I have someone contact me while I am skiing?