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Old 02-21-2017, 12:08 PM
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Hey Aaron, when you say we will meet at 7am on "the first day" are you referring to Friday or Saturday?
I"m talking about on Friday
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Old 02-21-2017, 12:33 PM
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After many past years of snow catting at Camp Hale, I would like to throw out a few suggestions for whatever they are worth:

-Staying in Leadville is my preference, although a bit of a drive to Camp Hale trailhead. Tennessee Pass road seems to always be easy and well maintained regardless of weather. Ski Cooper (small) is the only ski area in that area, so less traffic and crowds on that side. Lodging is more reasonable than Summit County side. A lot easier to maneuver trucks/trailers in Leadville at motels, grocery stores, gas stations and on side streets near restaurants/bars downtown. Cool historic, funky, old town, if you've never been there.
-Vail Pass trailhead is often a zoo, especially on weekends, with snowmobilers, so I avoid it.
-I would not advise trying to stay in Red Cliff if you are pulling a trailer. It looks like it is right on the highway, but isn't. Narrow road into canyon where town is. Suggest scouting it first without a trailer. Parking is tight.
-Camp Hale (north of Tennessee Pass) has an easy pull-off unloading area (seldom a requirement for backing-up a trailer there). Has always been plowed. Lot of room in that open valley to cat around or go up. We've often barbequed at trailhead.
-Nova Guides, located just north of there is a private snowmobile/dogsledding operation (in Pando) which may not welcome non-customers with trucks/trailers filling up their lot.

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you are right !
we will be meeting up early to avoid the crowd on the Vail pass side .I was there at 11am on Sunday and had no problem parking. but with the amount of people coming to the Vail Jamboree we will be getting there as early as possible . If we run out of room there we can have the late comers head to camp hale . I've had to do that before .

Although NOVA guides is not always the most pleasant snow folks they do not own the area . there is tons of parking on the camp hale side. Leadville is a great place to stay aswell.

One of my main goals for this Jamboree is for everyone to spend the most amount of time in there cat as possible and not at the hotel or in the parking lots . I was able to explore Montezuma this weekend as well and I think we mit do one day back there Sunday the 19th,

here are some pics of that area . the only thing is its not groomed so we mit want some one with a blade to hit the road first . My Freighter did fine but lets face it, its a TUCKER lol . not sure of the capability of some other cats .

also has some couloir skiing
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Old 02-22-2017, 12:51 PM
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here are some more pics from Vail this last weekend . Ill get some clips uploaded soon .
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:02 PM
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here is a clip heading up Mt.Ptarmigan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70jV-aOzPJY
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:04 PM
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It's tough for those kids to stay awake in the sno cat. Looks beautiful there.
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Old 02-23-2017, 11:29 AM
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the younger one (Sadie) loves the views and normally stays awake the whole time . her older sister was tired from sledding tho and took a nap
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Hello, Sean here. Aaron thanks for telling me about the snowcat jamboree when I met you in Dumont. I am bringing my modified 1987 bombardier br100 and some friends.
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:43 AM
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Sean it was great to meet you and I welcome you to the Snowcat forums . cant wait to see you and your cat at the 2017 Vail snowcat Jamboree
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so its looking like i can only get 2 days off for this. friday-saturday is probably the way to go eh?? also, how many rally stickers should i have made? i was thinking around 20-25
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Old 03-01-2017, 11:31 AM
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so its looking like i can only get 2 days off for this. friday-saturday is probably the way to go eh?? also, how many rally stickers should i have made? i was thinking around 20-25
Yes I would plan on Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be at Montezuma and it will be quite gnarly depending on how high every one wants to get . that sounds like a good amount to me . ill let you know if we get more cats then that .
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I plan on attending the rally/ jamboree!

How many others are planning on going?


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I am coming for hopefully the whole weekend, possibly with two cats!!! :-)
And I also have a friend with a thoikol that might come one day.
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planning on attending....see you all at 7 a.m. friday...
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planning on attending....see you all at 7 a.m. friday...
You aren't getting soft on us and bringing and enclosure.....

Not judging, just curious.
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You aren't getting soft on us and bringing and enclosure.....

Not judging, just curious.
torpedo's RULE the SNO! the colder the better!!!

why don't you come on out and we can tucker around and you will see very quickly why, the 544...
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torpedo's RULE the SNO! the colder the better!!!

why don't you come on out and we can tucker around and you will see very quickly why, the 544...
Love the 544! cant wait to see it . you should stay nice and toasty in that cat
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So I'm thinking Friday about having the meet up at 7:30 . We can grab breakfasts at a favorite local spot (the mountain lion cafe in silverthorne ) starting at 6:30 when they open and then head up to Vail pass. what do you guys and gals think ?
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Default Re: Vail Colorado Snow cat Jamboree 2017

Well, breakfast is the most important meal of the day...
I will be there on Friday (looking for a ride. My Kristi won't be ready until next year.)
How long of an outing (in hours) do you think this will be?
Are we likely to be anywhere back near the trailhead by midafternoon?
I am all for beating the crowd, but I am not much of an O-dark-thirty kind of guy.
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It's not so much beating the crowd as it is getting to be there at all. Vail Pass is a Forest Service regulated and manned trail head on the I-70 corridor 60 miles from Denver. When the parking is deemed full you don't get in until someone leaves and opens up a spot. March is very busy which is why some have suggested Camp Hale an alternative starting point. Friday won't be as bad, weekends better get there early. Montezuma? 7-11 has a bigger parking lot. Come one, come all, come early!
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Default Re: Vail Colorado Snow cat Jamboree 2017

Maybe someone else already posted this prior and I missed it, but I just did a quick on-line search of all the university's on Spring Break the week of the Jamboree and there are a lot of them nationwide (including CSU & DU locally). Few college kids are likely to be out on the snow where we are during this period, but will increase demand for motel/hotel rooms near the ski areas. Check into reservations now or maybe plan on 'snow camping'.
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