Steamboat Powdercat Trip - February 26th, 2002
The story behind these pictures:
I went to this year's Warren Miller movie, an annual tradition around here (Click www.warrenmiller.com for info), at the beginning of the season. At the movie, they give away prizes to the attendees. A guy, sitting two rows back from me, won a powder cat trip with Blue Sky West (www.blueskywest.com) in Steamboat Springs, CO. I noticed that he didn't seem too excited, so I approached him in the lobby after the movie. A short conversation with him revealed that he had really no interest in the trip. After offering him $50 for the trip, I was the proud owner of a cat trip valued at $300 at prime season.
After waiting all season for good snow, I spotted a storm in the forecast, called Blue Sky West, and booked my trip for a couple of days later. I woke up at 4:30AM, the morning of the trip, to a foot of fresh snow (a dream come true). After driving for three hours, over rabbit ears pass, (normally a two-hour drive in good weather conditions) and frightening myself beyond belief in white-out conditions, I arrived in Steamboat Springs at Blue Sky West at 7:30AM (JUST in time for the snow cat trip).
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Map of where Steamboat Springs is:
Map showing location of Steamboat Springs
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A stand of aspen trees:
A stand of aspen trees
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The snowcat arriving from afar - 1:
The snowcat arriving from afar - 1
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The snowcat arriving from afar - 2:
The snowcat arriving from afar - 2
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The snowcat arriving from afar - 3:
The snowcat arriving from afar - 3
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The interior of the snowcat:
The interior of the snowcat
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Looking out the back of the snowcat:
Looking out the back of the snowcat
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A snowcat road:
A snowcat road
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Riding in the cab of the snowcat - 1:
Riding in the cab of the snowcat - 1
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Riding in the cab of the snowcat - 2:
Riding in the cab of the snowcat - 2
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Enjoying the view...:
Enjoying the view...
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The first run:
The first run
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Me, floating and happy:
Me, floating and happy
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One of the guides, floating through the trees:
One of the guides, floating through the trees
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Fresh tracks in aspens:
Fresh tracks in aspens
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Fresh Tracks - 1:
Fresh Tracks - 1
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Fresh Tracks - 2:
Fresh Tracks - 2
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Fresh Tracks - 3:
Fresh Tracks - 3
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Stan, buried in the middle of fresh tracks:
Stan, buried in the middle of fresh tracks
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Gladed Run - 1:
Gladed Run - 1
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Gladed Run - 2:
Gladed Run - 2
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Going down to the cat:
Going down to the cat
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Smiles all around:
Smiles all around
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Me, in front of the snowcat:
Me, in front of the snowcat
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Me, at the top of a run:
Me, at the top of a run
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Inside the snowcat:
Inside the snowcat
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Joe, after face-planting:
Joe, after face-planting
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Loading the cat at the beginning of the day:
Loading the cat at the beginning of the day
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Lunch at the cabin - 1:
Lunch at the cabin - 1
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Lunch at the cabin - 2:
Lunch at the cabin - 2
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The morning of the trip - A good day to drive 2 1/2 hours?:
The morning of the trip - A good day to drive 2 1/2 hours?
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Wide open Face - 1:
Wide open Face - 1
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Wide open Face - 2:
Wide open Face - 2
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Wide open Face - 3:
Wide open Face - 3
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Wide open Face - 4:
Wide open Face - 4
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Approaching Rabbit Ears Pass:
Approaching Rabbit Ears Pass
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I jumped off this rock, but the guide missed the picture:
I jumped off this rock, but the guide missed the picture
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Here I am, after jumping off the rock (but not riding out the landing), buried in the middle of the picture:
Here I am, after jumping off the rock (but not riding out the landing), buried in the middle of the picture
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Preparing for departure:
Preparing for departure
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Steamboat Ski Resort, from afar:
Steamboat Ski Resort, from afar
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Unloading the snowcat - 1:
Unloading the snowcat - 1
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Unloading the snowcat - 2:
Unloading the snowcat - 2
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Unloading the snowcat - 3:
Unloading the snowcat - 3
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One snowcat broke, and we were on a new one in 40 minutes:
One snowcat broke, and we were on a new one in 40 minutes
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Untouched powder - 1:
Untouched powder - 1
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Me, in untouched powder:
Me, in untouched powder
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Untouched powder - 2:
Untouched powder - 2
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Untouched powder - 3:
Untouched powder - 3
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Me, waiting for the snowcat:
Me, waiting for the snowcat
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Waiting for the snowcat - 1:
Waiting for the snowcat - 1
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Waiting for the snowcat - 2:
Waiting for the snowcat - 2
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Wide open trees - 1:
Wide open trees - 1
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Wide open trees - 2:
Wide open trees - 2
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Wide open trees - 3:
Wide open trees - 3
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