San Juan Ski Company Celebrates 15 Years of Snowcat Skiing

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 15, 2011 12:59 am

Colorado’s largest snowcat skiing operation, the San Juan Ski Company, is entering its 15th season and in order to celebrateis offering monthly discounts on snowcat tours, guided backcountry trips and specials on and around the 15th of every month through April. The 15th anniversary revelry kicks off Dec. 16 when a crew from IcelanticBoards joins the SJSC on its first trip of the season. 

In conjunction with the Backcountry Experience-sponsored and DMR-hosted BrewSki Demofest, Dec. 17-18, the SJSC is offering discounted snowcat seats through the weekend and a special kid’s cat Sunday, Dec. 18. And while most of the action will be at the base of DMR where skiers and riders can mingle with industry reps and beermeisters to sample a smorgasbord of winter sport demos and local craft beer, the real party will be miles away from the resort – out on the snowcat.

Snowcat skiing is becoming increasingly popular as it is a much more exclusive and personal experience, between your friends and family, but also with the mountain.

Here are a few upcoming events they have going on. Check out for a full listing.

Free Demos and $25 off seat price December 17-18: All regular snowcat seats are discounted 10 percent and include free Icelantic demo skis (a total savings of over $50). In addition, industry reps are joining snowcat groups to give on-the-snow clinics.
Child and Adult catski for $275 December 18: The SJSC debuts its newest trip, Family Powdercats, with discounted seats for both children and adults. Trips are $50 for children and $225 for adults (a savings of $25 per seat). A full-paying adult must accompany each child.  Price includes hot chocolate, a special appearance by a Snow Monster character, goodie bags for the kids and photos of your day. Families on this trip will be f

eatured in promotional pieces for the SJSC.

The San Juan Ski Company resumes its anniversary celebration Jan.14-16, which also coincides with another Backcountry Experience-sponsored and DMR-hosted event – Winterfest. The third annual Winterfest offers an extended weekend of ice-climbing, snowshoeing and Nordic skiing clinics, dog-sledding, ski races, igloo making, ski movies and more.
Twenty-five percent discount off Learn-to-Ski Powder Snowcats and other deals January 14-16: In the spirit of Winterfest, which originated to encourage people to experience new winter activities, the SJSC is offering a 10 percent discount on regular seat prices (a savings of $25) and a 25 percent seat discount (a savings of $100) on its Learn-to-Ski Powder Snowcat. Price for the Learn-to-Ski Powder Snowcat is $300 and includes ski instructor and powder skis.
In addition to snowcat trips, the SJSC is also guiding back-country ski tours that emphasize skinning techniques, avalanche beacon use, backcountry protocol, terrain selection, and powder and tree skiing tips.  Skis, AT boots and climbing skins are not provided; however, this gear can be rented, but must be reserved in advance.  Price is $175 per person (a $50 savings). Guide to client radio is 1:4.
Romantic Ski and Stay Package for $600 February 14: The SJSC slows down the party beat for Valentine’s Day with a special romantic catskiing package that includes lodging. Couple packages start at $600. Price includes lodging, snowcat skiing and photos of your day. Gift Certificates are available; with or without lodging.