Cat Skiing in Colorado South


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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.

Area Overview
CST Rating
Region Name Colorado South
Region State Colorado
Region City Aspen
Region Country USA
Closest Resort Aspen Snowmass
Optional Resort Aspen Mountain Lodge
Optional Resort Aspen Alps Lodging

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Area Details
Acres (sq. miles) 1500
Skill Level N/A
Annual Snowfall (inches) 105
Snow Type N/A
Mountain Range Elk Mountains/Rocky Mountains
Elevation (feet) 8,000
Tour Details
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
Rentals Available Yes
Apprx. Cost per Day per Person $519
Apprx. Cost per Day per Cat $5388


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

  • PRIVATE SNOWCAT (Holds 12 people)

    $5,388 (which would only be $449 each)


Closest Airport
Airport Name Airport Code Miles to Region
Grand Junction Regional Airport GJT 130 mi
Denver International DEN 220 mi
Distance From
Airport City State Code Miles Time Stops
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


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