WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT WHILE UP AT JONES PASS AND A GEAR LIST FOR ALL YOUR ESSENTIALS
ABILITY & TERRAIN
We want everyone to have a great time! There are, however, some ability issues that should be mentioned. Nobody wants to hold up the rest of the group on a powder day, so here are a few things to consider prior to booking. Our trips or touring groups are open to expert skiers and riders. Terrain is chosen based on snow conditions, avalanche risks and guest ability.
All guests should be in good physical condition.
You will be skiing backcountry powder at high elevations and it demands a lot from your body
We do not groom any runs!
All of our runs consist of natural fallen snow
Guests should be comfortable skiing expert runs at developed resorts
Although we offer a large variety of terrain, in the backcounry being a skilled skier is key
Our choice of terrain each day is based on avalanche hazards, snow conditions, and skier/rider ability. Guests should be of advanced and expert ability and able to ski in variable snow conditions on a variety of terrain. The terrain ranges in elevation from 10,500’ to 12,500’ and an average day of snowcat skiing is 8-12 runs with plenty of vertical depending on the speed of the group and the terrain available & conditions. The guest to guide ratio is 4:1.
High Alpine Bowls
The weather can be very extreme at times and you need to be prepared to make the most of your day. What gear you bring can make monumental differences in how you feel through the day. With that said there is additional room on the cat to store extra layers that may come essential with changing weather. In addition to the beacon, probe and shovel included in your rental, here’s what gear you need to bring:
Appropriate skiing or riding equipment
Ski boots and Powder Skis or Snowboard Boots and Snowboard
Synthetic or wool socks that are optimum for your boots
Poles (If you are Skiing)
Headwear - visor or cap, hat or helmet
Jacket and Insulating layers
Mid-weight base layer fleece or sweater
Eye protection - sunglasses and goggles
Sunscreen and lip balm
Extra base layers in case it is very wet or you sweat profusely
Gloves or mittens
Hand warmers are great to have just in case!
Water bladder or water bottle. (We can refill in the snowcat)
Music for the cat (Bluetooth Device)
Snowcat will have an audio system to connect your device for music.
Lunch is provided but if you want some specific snacks please bring what you like
Optional DEMO EQUipMENT
You may bring your own skis. We recommend a minimum width of 100mm underfoot. All guests have the option of using our fleet of powder skis or snowboards at no additional cost.
DEMO SKI BRANDS
DEMO SNowboard BRANDS
Never Summer Industries
Snowcat assisted Backcountry Skiing Gear Managment
Snowcat skiing and riding are different from your typical ski resort visits. The snowcat essentially is like your ski locker, where you can store your additional layers, extra goggles, and other personal equipment instead of bringing it with you on each run. Additionally, the cat cab is heated and multiple individuals will add to that temperature fluctuation. This will ultimately affect what you plan to bring and how snow will affect your gear (i.e. ice buildup on ski boots.) Keep in mind that it still can be quite a cold op on Jones Pass and you should be prepared for that.
Each Client will be provided with essential backcountry equipment including the following
BLACK DIAMOND BACKCOUNTRY BACKPACK
with Probe and Shovel
You will be able to put personal items in this but mainly will house rescue gear.
MAMMUT BARRYVOX BEACON
Will be put secured on the base layer & you will not be taking off for the day.