ABOUT CAT SKIING IN COLORADO SOUTH
The Elk Mountains in the Southern Rockies are comprised of some of the best skiing terrain in Southern Colorado. People from all over the country and the world come to Aspen to enjoy their cat skiing. As a resort municipality, Aspen is accustomed to playing host to millions of tourists each year.
With its more than 105 inches of snow per year, Aspen is a major draw for people who want to indulge in extreme outdoor sports like cat skiing. Few people venture out on their own in the area’s mountain ranges. Instead, they take part in guided tours that take them to the best backcountry terrain in the area where they can run thousands of feet of verticals across open bowls, treed slopes, cliffs, and cornices.
Skiers can expect an early 8:15 am start time. Daily rates average $519.00 per skier, but if you rent a full cat of 12 people for $5,388, rates are as low as $449.00.
|Region Name||Colorado South|
|Closest Resort||Aspen Snowmass|
|Optional Resort||Aspen Mountain Lodge|
|Optional Resort||Aspen Alps Lodging|
|Acres (sq. miles)||1500|
|Annual Snowfall (inches)||105|
|Mountain Range||Elk Mountains/Rocky Mountains|
|Runs per Day||Dependent on skill level and weather|
|Apprx. Vertical Feet per Run||Dependent on skill level and weather|
|Apprx. Vertical Feet per Day||10,000|
|Apprx. Cost per Day per Person||$519|
|Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat||$5388|
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ABOUT CAT SKIING IN COLORADO SOUTH
Aspen is not only home to some of the best cat skiing in the area, tourists also flock here to take part in other winter activities like ice skating, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, up hilling, and snowboarding. Additional activities include rock wall climbing, guided powder tours, and alpine roller coasting rides. People of all ages are welcome to come here to enjoy fun and memorable experiences in the snow.
Skiers have a variety of options for booking lodgings for themselves and their guests. They can reserve accommodations in private homes as well as penthouses and condominiums. Hotel rooms or guest suites that come with a dining area and private bathroom are available too. Most of the rooms in Aspen offer views of the mountain ranges and snow.
The area has more than 100 restaurants to choose from, most of which serve up family-friendly fare. However, skiers in the mood for higher end meals can also find fine dining accommodations in this small county seat. Many hotels offer on-site restaurants as well as room service for guests.
Before traveling into the area, tourists are reminded to be cautious about the weather. This part of the Rockies is famous for its turbulent snowstorms that can close entire highways and thoroughfares. The major highway running through Aspen is frequently closed because of snow and avalanche conditions.
Private and charter jets can land at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, which has one runway to accommodate small aircraft. Amtrak offers service into nearby Glenwood Springs which skiers can then take the Roaring Fork Transportation Company buses into Aspen. Below, we have offered a couple of other larger airport suggestions, into the Aspen region.
FULL DAY – Starting at 8:15am$519
PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 12 people)$5,388 (which would only be $449 each)
HOW TO GET TO COLORADO SOUTH
|Airport Name||Airport Code||Miles to Region|
|Grand Junction Regional Airport||GJT||130 mi|
|Denver International||DEN||220 mi|
|Los Angeles International Airport||Los Angeles||CA||LAX||792||5h 52m||1|
|O'Hare International Airport||Chicago||IL||ORD||1237||4h 19m||1|
|John F. Kennedy International Airport||New York||NY||JFK||2037||7h 17m||1|
|San Francisco International Airport||San Francisco||CA||SFO||1028||3h 58m||1|
|Seattle–Tacoma International Airport||Seattle/Tacoma||WA||SEA||1024||3h 34m||1|
|Newark Liberty International Airport||New York/Newark/New Jersey||NJ||EWR||2013||6h 28m||1|
|Logan International Airport||Boston||MA||BOS||2210||6h 34m||1|
|Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport||Minneapolis/St. Paul||MN||MSP||212||1h 4m||Direct|
|Philadelphia International Airport||Philadelphia||PA||PHL||1982||6h 8m||1|
|LaGuardia Airport||New York||NY||LGA||2027||6h 16m||1|
|Washington Dulles International Airport||Washington, D.C.||VA||IAD||1901||5h 39m||1|
|San Diego International Airport||San Diego||CA||SAN||853||3h 25m||1|
|Midway International Airport||Chicago||IL||MDW||1244||6h 34m||2|
|Portland International Airport||Portland||OR||PDX||1045||3h 22m||1|
Grand Targhee Resort
3300 Ski Hill Rd
Alta, WY 83414