Snowcat Tours in Central Colorado
Thousands of acres of backcountry powder skiing are waiting for you

Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours
Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours are operated in association with the Ski Cooper ski area near Leadville, Colorado. Take a tour and experience the adventure and excitement of backcountry powder skiing. Over 1,800 acres of treed slopes and open bowls, terrain suitable for the advanced to expert skiers. Snowcat takes you as high as 12,600 feet in elevation atop the Continental Divide. The slopes vary from 1,500 to 3,000 feet in length with vertical drops up to 1,200 feet per run. For complete information on snowcat tours call (800)-707-6114.

Monarch Snowcat Tours
Monarch Snowcat Tours are a service of the Monarch Mountain Ski Resort near Salida, Colorado. They offer the ultimate in adventure skiing and snowboarding. Sensational backcountry guided tours on more than 900 acres of challenging expert terrain in the magnificent San Isabel National Forest. Breathtaking views of the Continental Divide. A full-day of wide-open chutes and glorious glades blanketed with Colorado's amazing snow. For complete information on snowcat tours call 1-(888) 996-7669.

San Juan Snowcat
Just about 9 miles north of Creede Colorado, San Juan Snowcat will transport you into the truly epic, magnificent and beautiful powder terrain that can only be found in the “Lost" San Juan Mountains. San Juan Snowcat truly offers the adventure of a lifetime. At 13,250 feet (the highest backcountry snowcat access in North America), we place you on top of untracked bowls, chutes and couloirs. Runs range from rolling intermediate glades to extreme faces that reach 55° in pitch. All of this plus the breath-taking views of over 7 different 14,000 foot peaks. We offer exclusive access to the finest terrain and premier powder with the most thorough backcountry awareness available in a Colorado guided experience. San Juan Snowcat is located in the wonderful city of Creede, Colorado. Creede is 21 miles north of South Fork and 37 miles from the famous Wolf Creek Ski Area. Don’t hesitate... this is truly a high alpine adventure you will never forget. For complete information on snowcat tours call (719) 658-0430



Backcountry Skiing in Central Colorado

Featured Ski & Snowboard Rental Shops in Central Colorado

Mt. Shavano Ski Rentals

Mt. Shavano Ski and Snowboard Shop is looking forward to our 37th season! We are excited to offer the latest NEW equipment to rent for your snow sliding fun. Choose your favorite package: shaped skis, twin tips, snowboard, telemark, snowblades, snowshoes, or x-country. We guarantee you cannot beat the quality of our equipment for the price anywhere in the area.

Come to Mt. Shavano for your clothing, equipment and accessory needs. Our shop is the largest clothing and accessory shop in the area featuring a full selection of quality name brand winter apparel and accessories. We have the best selection of T-shirts, caps, souvenirs & more. Shop at Mt. Shavano and save on all of your winter clothing needs! We offer a great selection of skis, boot, poles, snowboards, bindings, and other equipment.

Reserve your gear today by calling 800-539-3240


Ski & Snowboard Rental Shops in Central Colorado

Salida Mountain Sports
Salida Mountain Sports, 110 North F Street, Salida, CO 81201. 719-539-4400


8200 Sports Rentals & Sales, 30923 West US Highway 160, South Fork, CO 81154. 877-873-1977
Alpine Bike & Ski, 28226 West US Highway 160, South Fork, CO 81154. 719-873-2495
Alpine Ski & Sport, 711 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461. 866-908-7547
Doc's Outdoor Sports, 31101 West US Highway 160, South Fork, CO 81154. 800-225-9653
Headwaters Outdoor Equipment, 228 North F Street, Salida, CO 81201. 719-539-4506
Leadville Ski Country, 116 East 9th Street, Leadville, CO 80461. 800-500-5323
Monarch Mountain Ski Resort, 22720 West US Highway 50, Monarch, CO 81227. 888-996-7669
Mt. Shavano Ski and Snowboard Shop, 16101 West US Highway 50, Salida, CO 81201. 800-678-0341
Mountain Sports Haus, 10240 US Highway 50, Poncha Springs, CO 81242. 877-588-4287
Sawatch Backcountry, 460 Harrison Avenue, Leadville, CO 80461. 719-486-2271
Ski Cooper, Leadville, CO 80461. 800-707-6114
The Trailhead, 707 US Highway 24 North, Buena Vista, CO 81211. 719-395-8001
Wilderness Ski & Snowboard Shop, 10015 US Highway 50, Poncha Springs, CO 81242. 888-639-3747
Wolf Creek Ski Area, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. 970-264-5639


General Backcountry Safety--This training program was prepared by Charley Shimanski of the Mountain Rescue Association Education Committee. It is an introductory course in backcountry safety for those with little or no experience in mountainous and backcountry terrain. This file is in Adobe Acrobat (PDF). You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (All backcountry recreationalists should read this. It could save your life in an emergency.)