Deep discounts on mid-week private snowcats

Take advantage of the best backcountry ski conditions in Colorado and the U.S. and book a mid-week private snowcat for $2,000 with the San Juan Ski Company.

Since October, storms have been tracking south and the Southern San Juans have been hit with fresh powder on almost a weekly  basis. This weather pattern appears to be holding. And, since March typically brings the most snowfall to the San Juans, the next few weeks could be epic.

The snow is piling up and our prices are going down!  Offer is good Monday-Thursday. Private snowcats hold 10, taxes and fees apply. Trips cannot be booked online. Call 1.800.208.1780 for reservations.

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SJSC has bragging rights to the best backcountry conditions in the state

It’s full-on winter conditions in the Southern San Juan Mountains!

The storm that blew in February 2nd just keeps on giving. Almost a foot of snow fell Thursday night, followed by four inches Friday; four more on Saturday and eight inches last night. And more snow is predicted this week.

In the past couple of weeks our area has received over four feet of snow.

Skiing has been phenomenal! Almost daily, however, we get calls from people inquiring if we are open. Of course we are! And conditions are great!

We might even have the snowcat skiing bragging rights to the deepest base and best snow in the state.

We started the season with one of the deeper snow packs in Colorado which allowed us to get our roads built before the dry spell, which was also accompanied by high winds and warm temps, hit the state and grounded all snowcat operations. This early snow also allowed us to open earlier than any other snowcat operation in the U.S. We ran several trips in December and after a brief halt in operations, started running trips the middle of January.

Whereas several Colorado snowcat companies are still struggling to build roads or aren’t open due to lack of snow, we are skiing in all of our zones – including alpine bowls and lower elevation trees.

If you are hungry for first tracks, now is the time to schedule a trip. And, as always, we guarantee untracked powder.

Forecasters agree: The storm track is changing

Since we are diehard skiers, nothing excites us more at the San Juan Ski Company, Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, than skiing powder.  If you are like us, you have been spending far too much time online following the weather and keeping track of the next storm (and, like us, are sick and tired of skiing hardpack and junk!)

Warm temps and weird jet streams have contributed to scant snowfall throughout most of the western states.  While the San Juans have one of the deeper snowpacks in Colorado, the SJSC hasn’t run snowcat trips since Dec. 31th when high winds blasted alpine terrain and warm temps melted lower elevation cat roads.  Since then, we haven’t picked up any measureable precipitation in our catski terrain.

However, the storm track appears to be changing…

Forecasters agree that the dominant ridge of high pressure is shifting and may signal an end to the blocking pattern that has pushed recent storms away from Colorado. Snow is predicted in the San Juans late Sunday and a second storm is predicted out of the northwest Monday morning. Local forecasters call for an unsettled northwest flow developing by middle of next week. One national forecaster even predicted a total flip from the current weather pattern. Continue reading

SJSC one of the only snowcat operations in the U.S. to open in December. However…

High Winds and Warm Temps Ruin Powder; SJSC Closes Till Snow Falls

By Carrie Rule

Our first trip of the year was December 24. We were gifted with great powder skiing.

As a young ski bum in Montana, dry spells during winter always led to adventure. I’d head north to Canada and follow the storms – getting face shots at Whitewater, Fernie and Red Mountain, hopping on helicopters at standby rates, or flying into BC backcountry huts for a week of power skinning and epic powder turns on glaciers. 

Other drought years took me to Colorado, Utah, California and even the Alps. 

Twenty years later, it’s not so easy for me to follow storms across North America. And fortunately, I don’t have to travel far to find powder, since skiing untracked lines (even weeks after the last storm) is just a snowcat ride away – until this week.

The Southern San Juans started the season with south tracking storms stacked one after another. By the middle of December, our area had one of the deepest snowpacks in the West. Since then, winds have blasted our snowcat terrain (even below tree line), warm temps have melted and consolidated the snowpack (as well as creating a killer crust), and no snow has fallen in almost three weeks. Despite this, the Southern San Juans still have one of the deeper snowpacks in Colorado.

Because of less-than-ideal ski conditions, we are not running any snowcat trips until it snows. Continue reading

If you are searching for powder over the holiday, SJSC snowcats can take you to the goods

If line after line of untracked powder skiing is on your Christmas wish list this season, the San Juan Ski Company, Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, has thousands of acres of pristine powder just waiting for skiers and riders to rip into during the holiday vacation.

 The Durango Mountain Resort-based catskiing outfit takes out its first guest ‘cat December 24.  Seats are still available through New Year’s Day. Continue reading