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So we have a group of four Summit bound for April 12-19, staying at Keystone, 3 boarders & 1 skier (needed to fill the other bed for $$ ). I have never boarded Keystone but rode once at the Basin. Group ranges from strong intermediate: last trip to Breck we were doing laps on 10 to moderate advanced regarding speed and air. Super interested in the cat rides at Keystone, outback and North peak while Montezuma and Pavalicini at the Basin I know nothing about. What are your go to spots (that you're willing to share ) and any inside knowledge to make the most of our time there? As a New Yorker that $5 snow cat is looking like the best/cheapest cab ride I'll have all year.
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since you've already rode breck and abasin, sounds like you should try keystone. especially since youre interested in the snow cat
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The snowcat at keystone is a complete waste of time terrain-wise, but if you are gung-ho for the 15minute experience, its pretty inexpensive.

The cat at Loveland and Copper on the other hand, actually take you to some nice terrain.

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The snowcat at keystone is a complete waste of time terrain-wise, but if you are gung-ho for the 15minute experience, its pretty inexpensive.

The cat at Loveland and Copper on the other hand, actually take you to some nice terrain.
I've certainly spent more on questionable or enjoyable experiences, some of which lasted a lot less than 15 mins !
Is it a waste because the terrain doesn't really differ from the lift served stuff?
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I've certainly spent more on questionable or enjoyable experiences, some of which lasted a lot less than 15 mins !
Is it a waste because the terrain doesn't really differ from the lift served stuff?
Yea the cat basically goes about 8minutes across terrain that is very easily hiked, it is not even steep. Then your choices are back toward the back of the mountain, which is like 2 bowls, which you could have hiked to in 5 minutes instead of paying 5 bucks and waiting to sit with a bunch of yahoos; or, head toward the front of the mountain which is basically a long green run-out with a creek (yay).

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Yea the cat basically goes about 8minutes across terrain that is very easily hiked, it is not even steep. Then your choices are back toward the back of the mountain, which is like 2 bowls, which you could have hiked to in 5 minutes instead of paying 5 bucks and waiting to sit with a bunch of yahoos; or, head toward the front of the mountain which is basically a long green run-out with a creek (yay).
Got it, thanks man

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Anyone hit them yesterday?
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I was at Key yesterday it was empty and nice actually, most fun I ever had there.

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So we have a group of four Summit bound for April 12-19, staying at Keystone, 3 boarders & 1 skier (needed to fill the other bed for $$ ). I have never boarded Keystone but rode once at the Basin. Group ranges from strong intermediate: last trip to Breck we were doing laps on 10 to moderate advanced regarding speed and air. Super interested in the cat rides at Keystone, outback and North peak while Montezuma and Pavalicini at the Basin I know nothing about. What are your go to spots (that you're willing to share ) and any inside knowledge to make the most of our time there? As a New Yorker that $5 snow cat is looking like the best/cheapest cab ride I'll have all year.
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The "cat" ride is less than 5 minutes on a ridge that you can hike in 10-15..
I think it's called puma bowl or something.
not worth it.
My girlfriend and I have hiked it a few times and its quite simple.
The terrain is easy and most time's i've been back there it's been sunbaked/windblown.
Save the 5$ for drinks and hike it.
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