Park City Powder Cats March 13 2014 with a chance of Alex at Solitude
This may just be my opinion, but March is far and away the best time to Cat ski in Utah. Why you ask? Well, by March our snow pack is usually the deepest it’s going to be all year. More often than not, the snow has had a chance to settle allowing Cat skiing operations to get out on their biggest, baddest terrain with minimal risk of avalanches. The strong March sun really helps to maximize your comfort level and the long days allow you to ski well into the afternoon.
On Thursday, I was given the opportunity to ski with the Park City Powder Cats.
Park City Powder Cats operates just minutes outside of Park City on over 40,000 acres of family-owned land in the Uinta Mountains called The Thousand Peaks Ranch.
The ranch was founded in 1921 as a summer time sheep and cattle ranch. Now, Thousand Peaks Ranch has become home to over 10,000 head of sheep and 3,000 cattle. While the winters prove to be too harsh of a climate for the sheep to thrive, the Ranch owners found it had the perfect conditions for Powder Hounds! When the sheep head south for the winter, Park City Powder Cats gives their guests an incredible backcountry experience.
Just to give you an idea of how large 40,000 acres is, the Canyons resort boasts of 4,000 acres. We are talking almost 10x the size of Utah’s largest Ski Area.
Our guides for the day were the legendary “Backcountry Bob” and Patrick. Bekah was our own personal photographer and let’s just say from the moment we got in the cabin expectations were high. By the end of the day not only were each and every one of our expectations met, but they were absolutely exceeded! While we weren’t skiing the deepest snow on the planet, Thursday exemplified what a perfect day at Park City Powder Cats should be. Blue Bird skies, warm temperatures, and the best terrain this operation had to offer. This to me is what Cat Skiing is all about.
Alex at Solitude
Image by Adam.Mrugacz