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Cat Skiing in Colorado

Embark upon an epic cat-skiing experience that will bring you access to the most untouched spaces. Colorado is synonymous with powder skiing, with high elevation and cold temperatures resulting in some of the lightest snow in the US. The truly unique terrain offers powder skiing even at some of the steepest gradients.

When to go:
February – March

Discover the unrivaled powder, breathtaking views, and spectacular mountains of Colorado. Situated in Colorado’s West Elk mountain range Irwin boasts a greater concentration of fresh powder than almost anywhere else on Earth. With high altitudes and cold temperatures, the resulting fluffy powder is a dream to glide through. After a day’s piste skiing on immaculately groomed runs, relax in the comfort of your mountain lodge in readiness for your next epic adventure. Awake each morning to find a custom-designed snowcat waiting to provide you access to more than a thousand acres of exclusive ski terrain. Irwin receives around 38ft of snow a season, three times its nearest town of Crested Butte, resulting in seriously deep powder only reachable by snowcat. The snowcat will drop you at the foot of Scarp Ridge situated at 3,600 metres. From here you will skin up 300 metres to reach the summit of Mount Emmons where you will gain awe-inspiring views across the Elk Mountains, before gliding back down through the pristine powder.

With diverse terrain, there is something to suit everyone in this iconic ski area. For advanced skiers, extensive challenging terrain can be found varying from open alpine bowls, steep narrow chutes and couloirs, and tight tree skiing. With cliffs and rock bands offering the chance to catch anywhere between 5-40 feet of air. Alongside low angle, wide-open runs that even the most relaxed skier can experience the magic of powder skiing. These unique conditions are envied throughout the world. The magically remote location gives a rare feel of wilderness where you can revel in the beauty of solitude alongside just your group and the mountains for company. Your Pelorus guides will find the best terrain to meet each of your personal desires and abilities, catering to everyone’s needs. Protected trees and glades provide for better visibility even on the stormy days that result in the world-renowned powder that falls here.

After a day spent skiing untouched lines, carving fresh tracks through epic fluffy powder, reheat, and recuperate in a traditional mountain cabin at Scarp Ridge Lodge with a delicious lunch and a crackling fire. Knowing the importance of being well-fueled to tackle challenging off-piste, gourmet meals will be served throughout the trip with family-style dining to five-course menus all on offer. Boast about the best runs of the day as you settle into an indulgent après-ski. Sip cocktails by the fire or in a steamy open-air hot tub as the still nights draw in. Relive the day’s highlights whilst spending quality time with friends and family.

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The immense beauty and sheer wonder of cat skiing at Irwin is an experience not to be missed. This slice of Colorado’s Elk mountains is truly spectacular and offers some of the world’s best off-piste powder skiing. Accompanied by your expert guides you will find the deepest powder runs and freshly covered wide open alpine bowls. Carving fresh tracks at every turn as you create lasting memories along this iconic adventure.