Much of the well-known backcountry in the Rockies hasn’t gotten the depths of snow that skiers and snowboarders have come to expect, but that is not true for southwestern Colorado and the San Juan Mountains.

Storms have consistently coursed into the San Juan range this season, giving [R330R, Purgatory at Durango Resort] one of the deepest base depths in the Rockies – and the vast backcountry that surrounds it some of the best powder in the nation.

San Juan Ski Company, which runs snowcat trips in the off-piste terrain around Purgatory and Coal Bank and Molas passes, has cut its daily group prices in order to introduce more people to the glories of backcountry powder in southwestern Colorado. Usually costing $2,500, the Durango-based company has reduced the price to $2,000 for its 10-seater private snowcat Mondays through Thursdays for the rest of the season.

Despite high avalanche danger this season, San Juan Ski Company has sufficient permitted areas – more than 36,000 acres – to focus on treed terrain and low-angle bowls with lower avalanche potential.

“Safety is our number-one priority, and we are fortunate to have thousands of acres of challenging tree skiing when avalanche conditions are high,” a company spokesman said.

While most skiers and boarders are advanced or expert, the guide company has added learn-to-ski trips to its repertoire that includes clinics in steeps, snowmobile guided tours, avalanche courses and half-day trips.

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