On the morning of your trip, all guests will meet at the Mountain Adventure Center (yurt located at main parking lot) Starting at 7:30am for registration, 8:15 orientation, then an 8:30 departure Time.
What happens if I cancel? 60 days prior to trip full refund with a $45 dollar service fee. 59 days and less you can reschedule, receive a credit that is good until the end of the next season to reschedule your trip on any available date, or put your balance on a gift card to use for mountain purchases. Please understand our cancellation policy and respect our mutual commitment. We are reserving seats on our snowcats for you and your group, turning away other potential guests on the day of your reservation. Powder Mountain reserves the right to cancel trips due to conditions beyond our control. If that happens you can reschedule based upon availability, receive a credit good until the end of the next season, receive a gift card, or a refund can be issued.
What ability level is required? You should be a comfortable intermediate skier or above and able to ski in control in a variety of conditions. Wide powder skis are recommended. They will make the day more enjoyable and you won’t tire as quickly. We have Salomon powder ski rentals available if you are interested. Our goal is to ensure that each guest has a great time; therefore, there are some ability issues that should be mentioned. In order to make sure that you don’t hold up the group, please consider the following before booking the snowcat tour.
All guests should be in good physical condition. Skiing and boarding backcountry powder or springtime corn snow, demands a lot from your body.
No runs will be groomed.
Some of the best skiing is throughout steep, tightly spaced trees.
Plan on skiing lots of powder on every run. If you have never skied powder or shy away from it at your local resort, please do not sign up for this trip. Rather, we recommend you contact Powder Mountain’s Snow Sports School for a half-day or full day lesson.
As with any day on the slopes, weather and snow conditions can change unexpectedly
What happens if some are better skiers/boarders are better than others? We ski as one group. This is why when filling out your reservation form you and your parties are honest about your skier ability and indicate accordingly. We will do our best to match each group with common skier ability levels. When there is a difference in abilities within the group, the sweep guide will do their best to find an easier route for those that are challenged. If you are concerned about holding up the group or are concerned that others might hold you up, consider renting the entire cat for your own private party (11 maximum). If you are familiar with the ability of everyone in the group, you won’t worry about the pace. We want everyone to have a great time! Powder Mountain reserves the right to ask less proficient guests to sit out some runs if they are consistently holding up the group and impacting the experience for the other customers.
What if the weather is bad on the day of my trip? Unlike helicopter skiing, the snowcat can operate on snowy or cloudy days. It is possible, however, that the guides would make a decision to cancel a trip. Reasons include, but are not limited to, unsafe conditions, inadequate snow coverage or mechanical breakdown. Guests will have until the end of the next season to reschedule there trip on any available date.
What type of vertical can be expected? The average run is about 800 to 1,250 vertical feet.
What is the terrain like? 3,000 + acres of varied terrain are available. Expect moderate and steep pitches with large open bowls, gladded aspens and tight northeast facing evergreen groves.
How much snow do you receive? ?Powder Mountain averages 450 – 500 inches annually or more than 37 feet.
How many will be in the group? We run with a minimum of 5 guests and a maximum of 11.
How many runs per day? 9 to15 runs depending on the group’s ability, snow conditions and desire.
Do we need to bring food? We supply the lunch, beverages and snacks. Please advise us if there are special dietary needs. We will accommodate your needs if possible. No alcoholic beverage may be consumed during the expedition.
How should we dress? Please dress for cold weather; however, it is possible that conditions will change throughout the day. Layering clothes is advisable so that extra layers can be removed. Select goggles with double lens and that are anti fog. Remember to pack an extra pair of gloves and sunscreen.
Where do you ski? The snowcat transports guests to 3,000 + acres of backcountry terrain owned by Powder Mountain Resort. Powder Mountain is 55 miles north of Salt Lake International Airport in Eden, Utah.
What is the schedule? On the morning of your trip, all guests will meet at the Mountain Adventure Center (yurt located at main parking lot) Starting at 7:30am for registration, 8:15 orientation, then an 8:30 Departure Time. ?Orientation will provide important safety orientation, which will include information about the weather forecast, avalanche hazard, snowcat safety, how to use of a beacon and backcountry protocol.
What are the age restrictions? No one under 12 years of age will be accepted.
Is a deposit required? All prices are in US dollars. We accept all major credit cards. On our Snowcat Expedition Tours we require a 50% deposit on individual seats and 50% deposit on private cats to reserve the space. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the scheduled trip date and will be automatically charged to the credit card we have on file for you.