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Old 12-24-2017, 11:57 AM
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Default Snowcat skiing 2017-2018 season

I started this thread to post pictures and stories from cat skiing adventures this season. It would be awesome if all of you post pictures of your cat skiing trips here.

A week ago it seemed unlikely that we would get to go snowcat skiing anytime soon. But I got a call late Friday night from my crew saying that Corona Bowl outside Winter Park had enough snow for an adventure. So I loaded up the cat and headed out early Saturday morning. To my surprise there was so much snow. We drove the 10+ miles up the pass in the cat and explored the area. We did some off trail stuff and I was super impressed with my cats capabilities. Then we hiked and skied a couple of runs. Later in the year we can cat ski those same runs. The snow conditions were perfect, we couldn't believe that our first runs of the year were this luxurious.
We left around dark and the roads were crazy with blowing snow and icy conditions. We were one of the last cars to go over burthod pass. We lucked out and got off I-70 before it closed. Finally I made it to my road but I couldn't get up one of the super steep hills. Actually ended up sliding backwards with my tuck and trailer. Had to ditch my truck trailer and cat at a friend's house and get a ride home. Great but crazy day.
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I like that shot with the RR trestle in the background.
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Great pics! I'm jealous!
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Default Re: Snowcat skiing 2017-2018 season

Thanks Sean. So your fuel pump problems are solved? Do you you have any videos of that cat in action?
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Old 12-24-2017, 03:30 PM
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The railroad trestle is from the old Rollins Pass. You drive right up to it, I'll get a closer picture next time.

The fuel system problems seem to be solved. We drove it all day and it didn't stall, didn't have negative pressure in the gas tank and ran perfectly. I still need to try a very steep hill to be sure, maybe the next trip. And I'll get some video of the cat going off trail.
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Default Re: Snowcat skiing 2017-2018 season

Such an awesome start to the season. Stoked to get back out there when we can see. Would be cool to get all the way out to the end of the pass or even to that sub peak. Would also be sweet to find a way to the bottom of the bowl to the NW of the trestle too (or maybe a cat powered rope tow lol). Either way lots of potential up there if willing to hike. Maybe next time we can plan ahead and get a few cats out there.
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Looks like a lot of fun. You guys suck! Thanks for the photos.

Is that a pair of Hellbents I see? My favorites for deep snow.

If you've got hydraulics on your cat, you might be able to power a tow with a hydraulic motor? My rope tow only uses 1/2" rope with rope grippers. Super lightweight. Mount a top wheel to a tree and tension the rope with the cat.
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Maybe next time we can plan ahead and get a few cats out there.
We should definitely get out there again and with more cats. I can think of a guy with a new yellow snowcat that is probably itching to put some hours on it. So what do you say Aaron, cat ski Corona this weekend?

Undy- those are my K2 hell bents. Definitely my favorite and only pair. Great idea on the rope tow. We do have hydraulics, I am gonna have to start shopping for tow rope parts.
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That's sweet someone has figured out a rope tow. I was thinking about a thousand feet of cheap home depot rope tied together, a potatoe gun to send the rope down a couple people side slipping a track for a tobogan/ sled/ tube or something. Then just drive the cat down the trail. Lol. It could be handy to have options for simplifying the access when it's not so easy to just drive to the bottom or top. The bowl was so tempting I almost would be willing to boot back up. Not to mention the road gap potential right there. Now I am also curious about the other side of the pass and what else might be fair game in the IPW. I love exploring new areas that have potential for good skiing. So excited for what the next couple years will open for us.
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Default Re: Snowcat skiing 2017-2018 season

merry christmas

may I suggest, doing it the oldie fashion way,

1 - Tucker Sno-Cat

1 - long rope

1- awesome hill

15 or so skiers

and there you go, a rope tow to go
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Looks like a lot of fun. You guys suck! Thanks for the photos.

Is that a pair of Hellbents I see? My favorites for deep snow.

If you've got hydraulics on your cat, you might be able to power a tow with a hydraulic motor? My rope tow only uses 1/2" rope with rope grippers. Super lightweight. Mount a top wheel to a tree and tension the rope with the cat.
Very interesting! What length do you set up? With time/effort for setup does it work out somehow better than simply transporting with the cat?

EDIT: After reading again, probably you're not running your tow from your cat?
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Default Re: Snowcat skiing 2017-2018 season

Great picture, Pontoon Princess. Looks like a fun time.

When it's good it's good. We did a skin and ski on Burthod pass today. Lots of snow and fun to be had. We stopped at one of the little cabins for a break. I know it's not cat skiing but I didn't think anyone would be to mad.
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Dave,

Yup, my cat's just for grooming a base. The rope tow is 440' long and takes 55 seconds bottom to top.

The main reason I do it that way is that I'm usually skiing by myself.
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Yup, my cat's just for grooming a base. The rope tow is 440' long and takes 55 seconds bottom to top.

The main reason I do it that way is that I'm usually skiing by myself.

Thanks, that is great! 55 sec for 440' sounds pretty quick.
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Awesome Sean! We are going to take the Prinoth out this weekend . We are thinking Vail but this looks really good to .
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Our first run. Skinny sno. Those who attended the Cat's Meow will know where this is.
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Went cat skiing at Vail pass today. The snow was good, we could definitely use some more. Some but not all of the roads are groomed. I think we got about 6 laps in. Explored some new terrain near Ptarmigan peak. Ran into some cool cats and enjoyed some BBQ and did some shoveling. I'll let someone else tell that story. Overall it was a great day with fun people.
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Quality day for sure! I think I got 7 runs. Also a great ending to the day running into the other part of the crew out there. Loved seeing all the other cats and enjoying the very friendly group of people. The snows is definitely a little thin up there still but the lack in quality from last weekend was nicely complimented by number of laps and as previously stated the company. Thanks to all, can't wait to finish my project up and get it on the trail with you all!
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Not the west definition but we got some some cat skiing in today Massachusetts style !

Groomer rope tow toasty warm single digits today.

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Went cat skiing at Vail pass today. The snow was good, we could definitely use some more. Some but not all of the roads are groomed. I think we got about 6 laps in. Explored some new terrain near Ptarmigan peak. Ran into some cool cats and enjoyed some BBQ and did some shoveling. I'll let someone else tell that story. Overall it was a great day with fun people.
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Yes Yes Yes ! it was a great day/ days had by all !
season opener for our family . We had 4 cats out with us on Saturdayand about 20 people .We did not get as many laps as we had hoped for but it was great seeing everyone out for the first day of the season.Sean thanks for all the help with Travis's 1544 ! Travis can tell everyone his story

my girls even got to play with their Kitty Kat
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