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Steamboat Ski Area: More night skiing, new lodge and more

Steamboat Ski Area: More night skiing, new lodge and more

SkiArea-FourPointsLodgecropRecently celebrating its 50th anniversary, Steamboat Ski Area continues to better its on-mountain experience for guests, from new trails and base area enhancements to mountainside eateries, grooming, snow making and more.

Topping this year’s improvements list, under the first year of new President Rob Perlman, is the addition of RFID (radio-frequency identification) ticket technology. All lift tickets and season passes will be available on QuickTraxTM cards, embedded with an RFID chip for hands-free, gate-operated lift access.

“It will move guests faster and more efficiently, allowing more time for carving up Steamboat’s Champagne powder,” says Intrawest’s Matt Bowers.

Other improvements include expanded air service (see Transportation); the tripling in size of Gondola Joes at the base area; a renovation of Rendezvous Lodge; new Bison X and Leitwolf grooming machines (the fleet now grooms more than 600 acres nightly); and enhanced snowmaking equipment. Also new is the building of the Steamboat Spring Winter Sports Club Alpine training venue, a dedicated race run on the front of the mountain for club members to train day and night.

All this comes on top of such other recent improvements as the new 13,000-square-foot Four Points lodge, a redesign of Red’s Bar in Thunderhead Lodge, the expansion of night skiing to Thursday through Monday and a new promenade, creekside amphitheater and concert stage at the base area. The resort also recently debuted the online reservation service OpenTable for its restaurants, and upgraded its Mountain Cam network for real-time mountain conditions.

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