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Fresh tracks, cold-smoke powder, crowd-less slopes, and endless memories

Crested Butte is known as Colorado’s last great ski town. The high elevation and cold temperatures deliver an average of 500 inches of snow a year to nearby Irwin, where guests have access to approximately 1,000 acres of terrain. Irwin Guides has access to a wide variety of skiable terrain to meet everyone’s skill sets. Most of our runs begin on Scarps Ridge which offers panoramic views of the Elk Mountains with peaks towering over 13-14,000 feet. Although Irwin is only 10 miles from the town of Crested Butte, Colorado, it receives three times more snow than the town itself. At a high average of snowfall per year of low-density and high quality, dry, cold smoke powder – you will be skiing some of the best runs of your life. During the winter season be sure to check out our Snow Report for live forecasts and snow data. 


  • Full day of guided snowcat skiing/riding 
  • Hot lunch at the Cat Barn, our base of operations at Irwin
  • Avalanche beacon 
  • Custom ROMP Skis & Weston Backcountry Snow Boards

Available Dates


We will post available dates in November 2024 for the 24/25 season on this page. In the meantime, add yourself to our Cat Skiing waitlist to get real time updates. Have a great summer!

Photographer Add-on

Let us capture your memories so you can focus on your adventure! A photographer is $675 per trip and based on availability. Please let the Irwin Guide’s office know 48hrs before your trip if you would like to add this to your reservation.

Things to Know


Private Cat (Up to 10 People)


Single Seat (8 people min)

Person Limit

10 people

¹ We are unable to accommodate split payments. Ski and snowboard boots are not available for rental

More information

PLEASE NOTE: Eleven Experience lodge guests have first rights to all of our snowcats.  The only way to guarantee cat skiing with Irwin Guides is to book a stay at one of the lodges. If your pre-booked cat trip overlaps with an Eleven Experience lodge stay you will be refunded, or rebooked at a discounted rate for a later date. The risk of cancellation is small, but daycats are never guaranteed.

How to Book Daycats to Lodge Stays

Please call our office at 970-349-5430 or email us at [email protected]

Tour Details



Cat Skiing provides the opportunity for skiers to explore extensive amounts of terrain. For advanced skiers, we have extensive challenging terrain varying from open alpine bowls, steep narrow chute & couloirs, and tight tree skiing. We also have many ciffs and rock bands that offer the chance to catch anywhere between 5-40 feet of air. For more relaxed skiers we have low angle, wide open runs that are perfect to practice the art of power skiing. 

Avalanche Hazards2

Avalanche Hazards

Irwin Guides has a team of Avalanche Technicians who mitigate avalanche hazards every day. This provides you with safe terrain to enjoy, even when the snow is deep!

Family Friendly2

Family Friendly

Cat skiing is an exciting way to explore the mountains in the winter. With terrain to satisfy all levels, the whole family will have a blast. 

What to Bring2

What to Bring

We suggest bringing a small backpack, water, snacks, layers, sunblock, and ski gear. 

Explore the unbeatable terrain offered at Irwin

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