Best Outdoor Adventure Co: Steamboat Powdercats |

Best Outdoor Adventure Co: Steamboat Powdercats

— Offering a skier’s paradise for the past 33 years, Steamboat Powercats, one of the largest snow cat operations in the lower 48, left other contenders in its tracks in this year’s Best Outdoor Adventure Company category for wintertime. How could it not when it helps people ski or ride some of the best powder they’ve ever seen?

Although Mother Nature controls how much powder skiers and snowboarders can experience, the company combines infrastructure, knowledge and the expertise of their guides, as well as incredible snow and terrain, to offer its guests an unforgettable experience.

“Every day it’s like people are coming home,” says manager Kent Vertrees, who has been with the company since 2000. “Our guides develop a camaraderie with each other and with the guests. We help satisfy people’s adventures by taking them on a dream ski trip and let them experience something we’re super passionate about. We’re lucky to have that opportunity.”

Since the company’s founding in 1983, it has guided everyone from locals and visitors to such celebrities as Martina Navratilova, Cindy Nelson, Dr. Richard Steadman, Klaus Obermeyer and Seth Morrison. Even Warren Miller has filmed a few face shots with the local company.

Guiding as many as 36 guests a day and 2,000 skiers and riders per year in the Buffalo Pass backcountry — which regularly vies with Wolf Creek Pass for the state’s deepest snowfall — Powdercats is known for its family-like atmosphere and offering the adventure of a lifetime.

“For us, it’s an opportunity to provide people with the best day of skiing in their life,” Vertrees says. “It’s a great feeling seeing the smile on people’s faces after a beautiful, fresh ski run.”

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