Snowcat Driving Experience In Crested Butte

Prinoth BR 350 Snowcat on passenger duty

Crested Butte Mountain Resort, in conjunction with Prinoth the world’s leading snowcat manufacturer, launches the Snowcat Driving Experience. Beginning March 7th, 2009, participants learn the basics of driving snowcats, grooming, pushing snow, and experience one of the best ski resort jobs on a closed course. The school incorporates initial classroom time for safety and operational instruction then students get out on the course to maximize the driving time.

“We take everyone on a ‘full tour’ of the machine,” says Chris Corliss, CBMR’s Mountain Operations Manager. “We do a complete walk around, discuss the parts and functions, then get going with live drive time. It’s a totally different experience and a ton of fun, too. Our instructors are the real folks on the mountain doing real work, so it’s

The Snowcat Driving Experience is one-on-one instruction in a fully-functional Prinoth 275 Snow Cat as used in Crested Butte’s grooming operations. Classes will run twice daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. four days a week (Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday) for the rest of the ski season. Group bookings are available by request.

Cost for the program is $275 and includes transportation from the Lodge at Mountaineer Square, some classroom time, and an hour of actual snow cat drive time. Family and friends are welcome to observe from our on-site tent (please mention at time of booking). Drivers must have a valid drivers’ license and be over 18 years old.

To book your Snowcat Driving Experience call or visit the Adventure Center in Mountaineer Square: 970.349.4554.

The snowcat pictured above is known as “The North American Groomer”, designed specifically for the needs of resorts throughout the U.S. and Canada. “The BR 350 combines balance and agility with the horsepower of a 355 HP EFI engine.” It’s equipped with a Tower Winch, Terrain Master Blades and Tiller. However in this case, it had a “toast rack” on the back to move skiers up to the Camp4Coffee area when the Painter By Lift was down for repairs.

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