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Snowcat Skiing

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We’re now open for the 2019/2020 season —the earliest opening in 8 years— and conditions are fantastic! Check out photos from the December 15 trip.

With access to over 35,000 acres of expansive terrain in the San Juan backcountry, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures is Colorado’s largest backcountry skiing & snowboarding operation.

Your day of snowcat skiing or snowboarding includes powder-specific skis or snowboard rental, avalanche gear, lunch and water (please let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions and don’t forget to bring your own water bottle). Highly trained guides choose from runs ranging 500-1,500 feet on light, untracked powder through trees, glades and open bowls of varying pitch. Guests can expect an average of 8-10 runs and 10,000′ of vertical depending on skier ability and terrain conditions.

For more information, contact us at  (970) 385 2115 or catskiing@purgatoryresort.com.


2019/2020 Snowcat Skiing Rates



How to Reserve

Single Cat Seat$429Call Now 
Private Cat    (seats 12)$3,999Call Now 

Reservations are required and must be made at least 48 hours in advance.


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Skiing & Riding

Purgatory Snowcat Adventures offers a full day of powder-filled skiing or snowboarding in the San Juan backcountry.

Your day of snowcat skiing or snowboarding includes avalanche gear, lunch and water (bringing your own water bottle is recommended). Morning orientation begins at 8:00 am in the Purgatory Snowcat Adventures office located in the plaza. Our highly trained guides will make an assessment of up-to-date snow conditions and skier ability to choose from three primary zones in our 35,000 acre terrain area. Skiers must be comfortable skiing black diamond runs consisting of deep powder, tight trees, steep pitches and unmarked hazards.

With exceptional views of the Northern and Southern San Juan Mountains all to yourself, this will be a day of skiing you won’t soon forget!

Reservations are required and must be made at least 48 hours in advance.