At Mustang Powder we operate with Pisten Bully (PB) snowcats. We have a PB 600 and a Brand new PB 400 for our main ski groups. For our ‘Small Groups – Steep Chutes’ group we have a PB 300. We also have a PB300 with a full passenger cab as our back-up cat. For many years we used Bombardier (yellow) cats, so we know from experience that the Piston Bully (red) snowcats are far superior for cat skiing… there is no comparison.
First and foremost, they are really well engineered; every part on these machines is specifically designed to provide quality and reliability. The tracks are ‘closed profile’ aluminum which results in lighter weight grouser bars that don’t break nearly as easily or as often. Furthermore, the aggressive closed profile grouser gives these snowcats superior climbing ability. As a result they are able to climb much steeper grades much quicker and more easily which allows us to access high elevation terrain, and more of it.
Another great quality of these machines is their suspension system. Unlike the rough Bombardiers, the PB’s are smooth, comfortable and quiet. When you spend a few hours a day in the cat, this becomes a very important factor. It makes it much quieter in the back and easier to talk about how great your last run was.
The engine in the PB600 is a 400 HP Mercedes diesel with 1900 ft lbs of torque, the engines in the PB300s are Mercedes 926′s with 330 HP and 1300 ft lbs of torque. This is more than adequate power to get groups quickly to the tops of the runs. They aren’t racing machines, but they can sure climb.
We have a heated workshop for maintaining the machinery. Our mechanics spend his evenings checking over the snowcats and doing any repairs and services that may be needed. In the off-season we do a comprehensive summer-service to all the snowcats. This proactive maintenance work prevents, or minimizes, breakdowns during the winter. After running these cats for 5 years, we have yet to miss a full day due to a machine being down. If you are the sort of person who is interested in machinery, during your ski holiday don’t hesitate to ask for a tour of the workshop.
To find out more details on these snowcats, you can go to the PistenBully website.