Powder skiing in Colorado
Guided snowcat skiing and riding is now available within an hour's drive of Denver, thanks to Powder Addiction, a new outfitter in Winter Park, Colo.
Powder Addiction is running trips in the Jones Pass area on Berthoud Pass. All trips leave from the Village at Winter Park and include transportation to and from the Jones Pass trailhead off U.S. Highway 40, Solomon alpine powder skis, safety gear and lunch. Each adult participant also receives two free beers at the end of the day, compliments of the Durango, Colo.-based Steamworks Brewery. In addition, a photographer accompanies each group during the first half of each day. Photos, including slideshow options for an iPhone or other mp3 device, are available for purchase.
With 2,600 acres in its operating permit, Powder Addiction's terrain ranges from 10,500 feet to 12,500 feet in elevation. Each trip averages six to nine runs. The company operates seven days a week, with up to 12 guests per day.
Rates range from $300 per day in low seasons to $350 per day in the high season. The company also offers a membership-based pricing program.