Cat skiing at Soldier is just a little bit different…
…than the typical backcountry experience.
Cat skiing in the Soldier Mountains is a little different than the typical guides skiing experience. Your guide team will lead you on every run as you explore glades, trees, and wide-open bowls. When conditions allow, the steep chutes and ridgelines will be there.
Regardless of the terrain type, your guides will encourage you to immerse yourself in the experience of powder snow without dictating your every turn. Our goal is to give you the chance to discover your flow in untracked snow without the pressures of a resort environment on a pow day.
Soldier is a very unique mountain, with 3,000’ of vertical that tops out at almost 10,000’. The cat skiing area is a large easterly facing bowl so it collects snow and holds it between storms. The south-facing bowls are the destination while the snow is fresh, later moving to north-facing trees where the powder lasts long after storms. When conditions allow, the chutes off of Peak 2 open up, allowing access to the steepest terrain of any backcountry operation in Idaho.
The highlight of many trips is a short five-minute walk up to Peak 1. An east-facing 25-degree slope, with 1,000’ vertical, there are enough trees to keep the snow fresh, but it is open enough to let the skis run. With 2,000 acres of skiable backcountry terrain, Soldier Mountain has it all: big open lines, rolling glades, steep trees, and extreme chutes. Tell the guides what you want and they will accommodate you as long as it’s safe to ski or ride.
Cat ski prices include the use of a transceiver, backpack, shovel, and probe. If you have your own backcountry safety gear that you would prefer to use, please bring it. If our guides approve of your equipment, you are welcome to use your own instead of ours. However, the price of the trip will not be altered if you elect to use your own equipment.
“Powder snow skiing is not fun. It's life, fully lived, life lived in a blaze of reality” - Delores LaChapelle
The best backcountry experience
Soldier Mountain Boasts Some Of The Best Backcountry Skiing In Idaho. Soldier Mountain’s Snow Cat skiing will promise private powder. You can enjoy this awesome experience with your friends and family as long as all are expert skiers and you get set up with a cat skiing appointment.
Single Seat Cat Scratch
If there are not 6 or more skiers, the trip will be canceled.
2 Day Private Rental
Rent the 12 seat cat for a private trip any two days of the week.
1 Day Private Rental
Rent the 12 seat cat for a private trip any day of the week.
2 Day Private Rental with Yurt
Same as a two day trip, except this allows your group to spend the night in the yurt between days of skiing.
*Does not include a 6% booking fee.
Single Seat Booking
If 6 or more seats are not purchased, the trip will be canceled.
$349 per seat
Single seats do not include a stay at the yurt.
Cat Ski Frequently Asked Questions
For the safety of all of our participants, Soldier Mountain requires everyone to carry a beacon, shovel and probe. All necessary safety equipment will be provided by Soldier Mountain.
Please bring plenty of your own food and water. Soldier Mountain does not provide food, though we do have sack lunches available for purchase. If you are interested in a sack lunch with a sandwich, chips, cookie and a drink for $15 + booking fee, please let us know prior to your trip. Please plan on arriving early if you are purchasing food, so the trip can leave on time. There will be some water on the snow cat for emergency use, and you should bring your own for drinking throughout the day.
We would rather give you the opportunity to get an extra run or two instead of stopping for a specific lunch break. We eat in the snowcat between runs, sharing stories and occasionally snacks. If you need a break mid-day, you are always welcome to sit out a run and stay with the cat.
Due to the nature of this activity, conditions may prevent a cat ski trip from going due to safety concerns or snow conditions. Soldier Mountain reserves the right to cancel a backcountry trip at any point up until your scheduled reservation. If this happens, you will be provided a full refund or credit to be used within one calendar year. Up until 48 hours before your trip, you can cancel for a full refund or credit to be used within one calendar year. If you cancel within 48 hours, Soldier Mountain will provide you a 75% refund or credit to be used within one calendar year. If you cancel within 24 hours, no refund or credit will be provided. If the guide ascertains your ability not to be up to par for the conditions, you will be given Soldier Mountain credit for the same amount you paid for cat skiing to be used on the lower mountain within one calendar year.
Up in the peaks expect to encounter a variety of snow conditions. It’s not uncommon to carve south facing lines as we hit a corn or melt-freeze cycle and then on the next run rip through spectacular powder
Our cat holds 12 passengers. For a Cat Scratch trip, there must be a minimum of 6 participants for the trip to run. If you have booked the cat privately, you can have as few people as you want, and there can be up to 12 people in your group.
There is a 6% booking fee that will be applied at the end of your reservation process. Tax is included in the total fee. Possible additional expenses include a lunch, rentals, or gratuity.
You can bring anyone who is an expert skier or snowboarder. We do need the name and contact information of everyone who will be on the trip prior to the date of the trip.
Yurt Frequently Asked Questions
If you rent the yurt, no one else will have the ability to rent it at that time.
Your yurt stay will be the night in between your two days of private cat skiing. So, if you are planning on skiing Saturday and Sunday, you would stay in the yurt Saturday night.
The snow cat will provide transportation to and from the yurt, unless you want to get there on your own. If that is the case, we can make arrangements on an individual basis.
If you are cat skiing and then staying the night in the yurt, we can bring your belongings up to the yurt in the snowcat. We ask that you bring no more than 2 bags, and both must comfortably fit next to you on the chairlift. These bags should be no larger than an airline carry-on bags.
If you cancel within 48 hours, Soldier Mountain will provide you a 75% refund or credit to be used within one calendar year. If you cancel within 24 hours, no refund or credit will be provided.
Our yurt is equipped with most of what you would need for a rustic night in the woods. Guests will need to provide their own food, beverages, clothing, sleeping bags, pillows, first aid supplies, and any other winter gear needed for sleeping in a wilderness yurt. Here is a list of what is included in the yurt: bowls, plates, coffee cups, wine glasses, hand towels, cutting boards, cheese shredder, egg beaters, stirring and mixing spoons, spatulas, chopping knives, silverware, paper towels, toilet paper, matches, can openers, oven mitts, trash bags, aluminum foil, clorox, scrub pads, 4 burner propane stove, wood burning stove, BBQ, large table with plastic and folding chairs, solar light, fire extinguisher, hand sanitizer, bunkbeds for 12 people with pads but not bedding. There is also an outhouse and firewood. You can melt snow on the stove in metal pans for water, or bring your own.