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Snowcat Adventures

Introducing Purgatory Snowcat Adventures

With access to over 35,000 acres of expansive terrain in the San Juan backcountry, Purgatory Snowcat Adventures (formerly San Juan Untracked), offers an exceptional backcountry experience to skiers and riders, From wide open bowls, steep trees, rolling glades to to expansive cliffs, chutes, gullies and trees blanketed in abundant snowfall, your day of snowcat skiing or snowboarding will be unforgettable.

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Purgatory Snowcat Adventures Photos by Scott DW Smith

Book Your Adventure

A single seat with Purgatory Snowcat Adventures costs $350. Book your reservation with Purgatory’s Durango-based vacation specialists at (800)525-0892. For more information including pricing for private cat skiing trips, call (800)208-1780.

A Day in the Backcountry

Your cat skiing adventure starts at Purgatory Resort at 8 a.m.  Outfitted in our powder skis or boards and following a brief safety training, you’ll take a 15-minute cat ride to a full day of powder-filled skiing, snowboarding and touring. You can expect to be on the slopes by 9 a.m. and back to the resort by 4:30 p.m. Lunch, snacks, beverages, safety gear, skis/snowboards, experienced guides are included.

Our Terrain

Our permitted area is north of the resort—including Grayrock and Graysill Mountain, and west of Purgatory, including Hotel Draw and Scotch Creek. Cascade Creek is our east boundary. The East Fork of Hermosa Creek is our south boundary. We do not ski or ride in terrain immediately adjacent to the ski area. Instead, the snowcat takes you deep into the San Juan backcountry.

Our terrain ranges from expansive bowls, to steep, tight trees, to open cruiser glades, undulating gullies and windlips. A short hike accesses chutes. We have cliffs and cornice jumps. Our trees range from nicely spaced old-growth spruce to regenerated Forest Service clear cuts, where the sapling-size trees can be tight. With expansive terrain, consistent temperatures, and an average 300+ inches of snow annually, we enjoy cold, light untracked powder weeks after the last storm. On stormy days, we typically ski and ride trees since visibility is better. When the storm clears, we head up to the high alpine areas to ski and ride the more open terrain. Moving around to different aspects and elevations ensures the best possible powder experience.  Runs vary in length from 500 feet to almost 2,500 vertical with an elevation range between 10,000 and 12,500 feet.

Our Guides

Purgatory Snowcat Adventures guides and snowcat drivers are highly trained in avalanche awareness and wilderness medicine. Client safety is of primary importance. Plus, our guides are proficient in pointing out the perfect lines. Call (800)208-1780 for more information.