Sightseeing snowcat tours
Want to enjoy the beauty and splendor of our winter backcountry scenery? Let a skilled snowcat driver and guide take you places you never thought you could get to. Don’t leave anyone or anything out: bring along the wee-kids, grands, cams, and perhaps a little nip, too!
The tour price excludes 6 % Idaho state tax; online and direct reservations incure a 6 % booking fee.
After booking, you may request to change your reservation time or date outside of 45 days, though we assess an administrative fee of $100 for each change. Please visit Policies for our full cancellation policy.
What more exciting way is there to get your family or group out on a mountain top tour than in a comfortable cabin on one of our powerful snowcats? You’ll meet at our reception desk in the Lakeview Lodge in Schweitzer Village where we’ll give you a brief introduction regarding your tour. Then you’ll be guided to an exhilarating chairlift ride up to our summit operations center where you’ll be introduced to our big snowcats.
These impressive pieces of equipment are usually used to shape ski runs or trails, and we’ve modified them with custom cabins trimmed with huge viewing windows. They’re also furnished with padded seats for ten adults, plenty of storage space, and hooks for parkas and knapsacks. With our picnic table and in-the-round seating in the cabins, we’re able to cater lunches with gourmet sandwiches, soups, and teas to hot, oven-fresh pizza, if you wish.
Enjoy a few hours traveling over mountain peaks through the deep powder snow, stopping along the way to take pictures, pitch a few snowballs, and learn natural history from one of our knowledgeable guides.
Tours typically last about from check-in to check-out.
|Register at our Reservations Office (in Schweitzer’s Lakeview Lodge), sign waivers, and receive lift passes.
|Ascend the Great Escape chairlift. A guides meets the party when they off-load the chairlift and escorts them to our Summit Lodge.
|Meet your snowcat driver, and review snowcat safety operations.
|The field portion runs and includes stops on mountain peaks, ridges, and notable landmarks in the forest. There is plenty of time for family portraits, a snow angel contest, or a snowball fight.
|After the tour, if time allows, the party can visit Sky House for après. (Sky House closes at .)
|Return to Reservations Office for checkout.
To deliver guests into this spectacle, we purr along in powerful PistenBully snowcats outfitted with custom-built “in-the-round” seating cabins that comfortably accommodate ten passengers. Cabins are heated and vented, sport have wireless speakers, and are funished with comfortable, padded seats.