[Snowcat skiing with Powder Addiction. Photo: Scott Hefel] Just a short 45 minutes from Denver, atop Jones Pass, Powder Addiction snowcat skiing offers not only thrilling backcountry powder adventures, but also a crew of committed and passionate guides chest-deep in skills and experience.
When Jason Harper along with wife Jen, and business partners Steve and Rachel Chaney purchased Powder Addiction in 2013, they recruited some extraordinary guide talent, many of whom hail from Colorado and share a deep love for their home on the Front Range. All of the “Powder Addicts” are seemingly blessed with a missionary zeal for introducing their guests to the wonders, challenges, and dangers of the snowy backcountry wilderness.
Great Northern Exposure
Powder Addiction has access to 2,600 acres in the Jones Pass section of the Arapahoe National Forest under a special use permit granted by the U.S. Forest Service. The terrain ranges in elevation from 10,500 to 12,500 feet, yielding fluffy meadows, bowls, chutes, and gullies. They offer several exciting backcountry ski tours, including snowcat skiing, touring and the Colorado Backcountry Workshop.
Guests can expect to enjoy between seven to 12 runs per day, seven days a week. True addicts don’t need no stinkin’ rest days! Powder skis are included in the rates, along with lunch and two complimentary après ski adult beverages, courtesy of Steamworks Brewery. Let them know if you’d like photographic proof of your awesome achievements — one of the guides who also serves as staff photographer will happily oblige.
The Good Guide Odds Are in Your Favor
The guest to guide ratio at Powder Addiction is 4 to 1. A quick glance at the plentiful five-star reviews on their Facebook page conveys a whole lot of guest gratitude for the selflessness and skill evidenced by the guides. These attributes are further solidified in the crew biographies.Several common threads weave together this dedicated team. They’ve all been skiing and snow addicts since youth, one stepping onto his powder path at age 3. At least two have experienced the loss of beloved friends to avalanche or backcountry snow accidents, and two hold positions on the Denver Fire Department. All of them are seemingly married to their best friends with (at minimum, by my count), 11 canine fur kids among them. Most obviously, the guides all appear to share a deep, inborn calling to educate others about the land and natural elements that they cherish.
Stay on top of the most current snow conditions via Powder Addiction’s Facebook page that offers daily updates provided by, yes, another talented guide/safety director who is the founder and chief weather forecaster for Barlometer.com, a Colorado snow forecast website.
It’s hard to imagine that people living in, or near, the Mile High City could find a more accomplished, or accommodating, group of powder addicts with whom to share their powder passion!