After an epic day at Breckenridge, it would be hard to top the powder for the rest of this tour. That is, until the next day when we drove down the road to Keystone. Keystone operates guided snowcat tours from its back/sidecountry terrain called Keystone Adventure Tours, or KAT. Imagine having the option to burn a few cruiser laps and ride the park one day, and then jump in a cat and shred up the backcountry the next.
If you're in the neighbourhood, don't hesitate because the deal feels like you're ripping them off. For a mere $230, you get an all-inclusive, red carpet experience that includes: a full day of backcountry skiing and snowboarding in Keystone’s three bowls with expert guides and a catered, gourmet lunch in the new Independence Yurt prepared by the award-winning chefs at Keystone. I don't know what's better — the riding or the food. Lunch includes: a buffet with an array of natural meats, cheeses, fresh artisan breads, salads homemade soups and delicious desserts. The KAT program is the largest snow cat operation in Summit County, Colorado and it allows advanced skiers and riders to experience backcountry-type conditions in a controlled and guided environment without a strenuous, high-altitude hike.
The vert might not be as much as cat operations in BC, with the average run being around 800 to 1,000 feet, but you can bag more laps in a single day and the price is certainly right on this one. Check out some of the photos.
The view from Keystone with the mountain ranges covering Breckenridge in the distance.
On the road again… Well, plowing a road that is.
Shredding lines in Independence Bowl.
Late day the clouds started moving in with the onslaught of yet another storm front.