A smiling skier enjoys fresh tracks on Chicago Ridge

Skiing & Riding
On the Ridge

Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours is operated by Ski Cooper on 2600 acres of open powder bowls, glades and timber in the San Isabel and White River National Forests. This is an area roughly the size of Vail’s Back Bowls, with similar length, pitch and vertical.

Guests soak in spectacular scenery as we climb along the Continental Divide with dozens of Colorado’s highest peaks in our view – a beauty scene unlike any we’ve seen elsewhere. We’ll take you as high as 12,600 feet. The slopes vary from 3,000 to 10,000 feet in length with vertical drops up to 2,000 feet per run.

CRST utilizes a pair of Bombardier snowcats with plush enclosed cabins to transport a maximum of 12 guests per day into our vast permit area. Experienced guides, each trained and certified in emergency medical care and snow safety, accompany every tour. Our guides are intimately familiar with the nuances of our terrain, and so are able to seek out and lead tours into the best snow available, all while providing a unique experience customized to best suit each tour group. Many of our guests have become friends, returning year after year. Much like historic and legendary Ski Cooper, CRST refrains from marketing hype and creating false expectations. We operate under a simple philosophy: deliver the goods, and leave our guests with a smile and a singular desire – to do it again. And again.

Tours are full day experiences and are priced at $349 per person. This includes a robust hot lunch in our backcountry yurt, use of individual rescue beacons & powder skis or boards (if desired), and a traditional après ski with choice microbrews and snacks. Advance reservations are required; a minimum of 5 guests are needed to confirm a tour launch. Call 800-707-6114 between 8 AM and 4 PM to make your reservation. We will work to match single guests, couples and groups of less than 5 to meet the required launch minimum. There are never more than 12 guests on a tour. A private tour can be assured by “buying out the cat” for $3,499. Private tours may be from 1-12 guests. Guests are asked to arrive at the Ski Cooper base lodge by 8:15 in order to make a scheduled departure of 8:45. A hearty, reasonably priced breakfast is available beginning at 7:30 AM. After an average of 8-12 runs in untracked snow, we return to the base lodge tired and happy at approximately 4 PM.

A strong advanced skier/rider can have a great time with us, but we use the word ‘expert’ when asked what level of skill is required. Our snow is unconsolidated, ungroomed and deep! Suitable skiing / riding ability is important to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone. Although there are options available while on tour if your ability is less than what is needed to safely and happily negotiate the terrain, we cannot offer refunds. Our snow exists in its natural state; although this often means long lines of blower pow, it also means that weather ultimately controls snow quality and terrain choices. We continually monitor and evaluate snow conditions, and prior to a tour departure, we actively converse with our guests to discuss options such as rescheduling or cancelling when we determine conditions are likely to be disappointing. We feel this is the best way to ensure that our best advertisers – our guests – have an epic, enjoyable experience they can’t wait to tell everyone about, and repeat.

BOOK NOW!

Book your trip online. Note that the booking calendar shows the full per-person price. However, you will only pay a 50% deposit online, and the remainder will be due upon arrival. If you are interested in buying out the cat for a day for $3499, please call 719.486.2277.

SCENIC SIGHTSEEING TOURS

Bring some friends to the mountain!

Now anyone can venture into the vast backcountry of Chicago Ridge and experience the scenic wonders atop the Continental Divide – without skis!

Our plush snowcats will take you on a tour of history at Ski Cooper. You’ll reach an elevation as high as 12,600 ft. above sea level on a completely unique 2 hour tour. Bring along your best friends or put together your own chosen group of riders. You will experience such wonders as the spectacular deep winter views of the two highest peaks in Colorado, Mt. Elbert and Mt. Massive as well as the entire upper Arkansas Valley from the Continental Divide. See the historic and famous land where the 10th Mountain Division trained for the battles in Europe during World War II.

Looking for a special way to “drop the question?” Make your proposal atop Chicago Ridge, with a stunning backdrop and an unforgettable experience!

Bring your cameras!

Cost: $75 per person

Tours leave the base area at 10:00am and 1:00pm every weekend and holiday! Call 800.707.6114 to confirm availability.

A mother and daughter enjoying a scenic snowcat tour on Chicago Ridge