There are 55,000 acres of National Forest on Vail Pass (which stretches from Copper Mountain to Vail, across Interstate 70 to Highway 24), and Vail Powder Guides accesses 3,500 of those acres that include Ptarmigan Pass, Resolution Bowl and the famous 10th Mountain Division training grounds. As the elevation in the area is almost all above 10,000 feet, the snowfall is greater and more frequent than what falls on neighboring Vail Resort.
Vail Powder Guides has been operating on Vail Pass for almost 30 years and Owners Jenna and Ben Bartosz have 28 years experience guiding in the area. Skiers and rider become members of the VPG family after only a day of powder riding with them. After the day, head back to Vail or Beaver Creek for every amenity you could ever want.
If You Go:
Travel: Vail Powder Guides meets at Vail Pass rest area, right off I-70 (exit 190). Vail Pass is a 90-minute drive from Denver.
Basic Package: A full day of cat skiing, plus a hearty lunch of sandwiches, soups and desserts.
Years in Biz: 28
Size of Tenure: 3,500 acres
Snowfall: 400 inches
Size of Group: 12
Guarantee: Average ski days are between 8 and 12 runs (700-1750 vertical feet), depending on your group.
How they Charge: $400 per person; $4400 for all 12 seats in the cat
A 50 percent deposit is required at the time of reservation. The remaining 50 percent is collected at the end of the ski day.