To celebrate its anniversary, the independently-owned Durango Mountain Resort-based catskiing outfit is offering monthly discounts on snowcat tours, guided backcountry trips and specials on and around the 15th of every month through April.
The San Juan Ski Company resumes its anniversary celebration Jan.14-15, which also coincides with another Backcountry-Experience sponsored and DMR-hosted event – Winterfest. The third annual Winterfest offers a weekend of ice-climbing, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing clinics, dog-sledding, ski races, igloo making, ski movies and more.
January 14-15: In the spirit of Winterfest, which originated to encourage people to experience new winter activities, the SJSC is offering a 10 percent discount on regular seat prices (a savings of $25) and a 25 percent seat discount (a savings of $100) on its Learn-to-Ski Powder Snowcat; Price is $300 includes ski instructor and powder skis.
In addition to snowcat trips, the SJSC will also guide back country skiing tours that emphasize skinning techniques, avalanche beacon use, backcountry protocol, terrain selection, and, of course, powder and tree skiing tips. Skis, AT boots or climbing skins are not provided; however, this gear can be rented, but must be reserved in advance. Price is $175 per person (a $50 savings). Guide to client radio is 1:4.
Feburary 14: The SJSC slows down the party beat for Valentine’s Day with a special romantic catskiing package that includes lodging. Couple packages start at $600. Price includes lodging, snowcat skiing and photos of your day. Gift Certificates are available; with or without lodging.
Feburary 15: The SJSC ramps it up with a discounted steep clinic ‘cat (skiers/riders will be filmed for a video) and a discounted private snowcat. Conditions and weather permitting, the SJSC will officially open its doors to “gnarvana,” and take skiers/riders down some of the steepest lines in its 36,000 acres of terrain. Skiers/riders who join the steep clinic will also be featured in a new video for the SJSC’s website. Seats are $250 (a $25 savings).
In addition to the steep clinic, the SJSC is also offering a private snowcat for $2,000 (a savings of $500).
The SJSC’s own version of March Madness runs March 15-18 with four continuous days of discounted trips and private snowcats.
March 15-18: The SJSC is offering a 10 percent discount on all trips, including private snowcats (save $250), regular seats, Family PowderCats, Steep Clinics, Learn-to-Ski Powder Snowcats and Guided Backcountry Ski Tours.
Weather and conditions permitting, the SJSC has slated the second annual Graysill/Grayrock Chute Out for the first weekend in April.
April 6-7: The Graysill/Grayrock Chute Out is steep spring skiing at its best and includes a southwestern-style barbeque lunch and snowmobile ride to the snowcat rendezvous. These special trips are subject to change based on weather and snow conditions (groups may be skiing powder). Price is $275.
April 10-15. The San Juan Ski Company wraps up the season with private snowcat specials for $1,800.
Some specials cannot be booked through the SJSC’s online reservation system. For information or reservations, call 1.800.208.1780.
The Bootdoctors/Paragon Sports of Telluride has partnered with the SJSC to provide a shuttle from Telluride to DMR for catskiing guests throughout the season.
In addition to anniversary specials, the San Juan Ski Company is offering a multi-day package that include three s catskiing, one day lift skiing and five nights lodging starting at $950 per person, based on 12-person occupancy.
Renowned for challenging terrain and endless powder lines, the San Juan Ski Company was started by owner and lead guide, Bob Rule, in 1997 to write off his powder skiing addiction. Since then, Rule has single-handedly held the helm, and today the SJSC is one of the longest-running, independently snowcat operations in North America, as well as one of the largest – with almost 60 square miles of terrain.