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Skiing with Silverton Powdercats

Slaying spring snow in Southwest Colorado.

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Loading the snow cat at the base HQ.

Loading the snow cat at the base HQ.

Voormi's Timm Smith puts on his Dynafit ski boots.

Voormi’s Timm Smith puts on his Dynafit ski boots.

Dustin English, Voormi's managing director, tests some unreleased snow pants.

Dustin English, Voormi’s managing director, tests some unreleased snow pants.

Dustin English, Voormi's managing director, does a quick on-camera interview while waiting for the snow cat.

Dustin English, Voormi’s managing director, does a quick on-camera interview while waiting for the snow cat.

Todd Brodbeck, Silverton Powdercats co-owner, waits for the group to get ready before heading out in the morning.

Todd Brodbeck, Silverton Powdercats co-owner, waits for the group to get ready before heading out in the morning.

As some skiers boot up outside in the sun, others head inside to find the wood-burning stove.

As some skiers boot up outside in the sun, others head inside to find the wood-burning stove.

Silverton Powdercats is about 45 miles north of Durango off of highway 550.

Silverton Powdercats is about 45 miles north of Durango off of highway 550.

Three guides helped find tracks all day in variable snow conditions.

Three guides helped find tracks all day in variable snow conditions.

Photographer Trent Bona makes some photo-worthy turns for the camera, while Dustin English, Voormi's managing director, drops a knee for some tele…

Photographer Trent Bona makes some photo-worthy turns for the camera, while Dustin English, Voormi’s managing director, drops a knee for some tele turns above him.

As the temperature climbed snow softened and became more consistent.

As the temperature climbed snow softened and became more consistent.

There's no hiking in cat skiing! The group bootpacked a short way to access better snow—it was worth it.

There’s no hiking in cat skiing! The group bootpacked a short way to access better snow—it was worth it.

When guides go big, they take spills too.

When guides go big, they take spills too.

We take a break to enjoy the sun and check out the amazing bluebird day in Colorado's San Juan Mountains.

We take a break to enjoy the sun and check out the amazing bluebird day in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains.

All sporting our Voormi midlayers, we pose for an end-of-day photo.

All sporting our Voormi midlayers, we pose for an end-of-day photo.

Voormi's Timm Smith soaks in the rays during lunch.

Voormi’s Timm Smith soaks in the rays during lunch.

Ska Brewing's Dave Welz gets after it. We brought him for the free beer.

Ska Brewing’s Dave Welz gets after it. We brought him for the free beer.

Kate Siber sports a Voormi midlayer that doubles as an outerlayer on warm bluebird ski days.

Kate Siber sports a Voormi midlayer that doubles as an outerlayer on warm bluebird ski days.

Everyone piles out of the cat while the guides unload.

Everyone piles out of the cat while the guides unload.

Our guides saved one of the best runs for the end of the day.

Our guides saved one of the best runs for the end of the day.

Consistent snow, bluebird skies, and skiing in minimal layers makes for a great day of cat skiing in Colorado.

Consistent snow, bluebird skies, and skiing in minimal layers makes for a great day of cat skiing in Colorado.

While Silverton Powdercats terrain is constrained to a particular area, the backcountry skiing possibilities in the area are endless.

While Silverton Powdercats terrain is constrained to a particular area, the backcountry skiing possibilities in the area are endless.

Well-spaced trees made for some great glade skiing.

Well-spaced trees made for some great glade skiing.

In exchange for endless Ska beer, we gave one of its employees a seat on the cat. It was a fair trade.

In exchange for endless Ska beer, we gave one of its employees a seat on the cat. It was a fair trade.