Guide for relocation to Steamboat Springs, CO

Steamboat Ski Area update

Adding to last years introduction of hands-free, RFID (radio-frequency identification) ticket technology, Thursday through Monday night skiing, a new Alpine training venue and various restaurant improvements, Steamboat Ski Area continues to up its game for guests during winter and summer. This years  improvements include everything from base area enhancements and new chairlifts to additional biking trails, a mountain coaster  and more. Following is what youll see this season:

Elk head Chairlift

A new Doppelmayr high-speed, detachable quad chairlift replaces the current Elkhead fixed-grip chairlift in Priest Creek, reducing the ride time by more than half new time: less than three minutes. The increased speed will lessen lines at the popular egress lift, especially at lunchtime and the end of the day. The new lift will also feature a child-friendly restraint system on each chair.

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The new promenade at the resort base is just one of many improvements at Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Larry Pierce

 

Mountain Activities

Mountain Coaster: Steamboat is installing a new year-round mountain coaster, a gravity-driven sled running on a tubular stainless-steel rail system where riders control their speed through a state-of-the-art braking system. Housed near the Christie Peak Express lift, the ride will descend 500 vertical feet over its 3,500-foot track and rise as much as 40 feet above the ground with dips, waves, turns and 360-degree circles.  

Mini Golf: The resort is also planning to build an 18-hole mini-golf course for summer 2017, also located near the base of the Christie Peak Express and Preview chairlifts. The multi-level course will incorporate such local landmarks as the iconic Steamboat Barn, Fish Creek Falls, Nordic ski jumps and Rabbit Ears.

 

New Marmot Store: The resort has partnered with Marmot on a new 1,800-square-foot concept store located on the corner of Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue downtown. The store will focus on Marmot outerwear, apparel and accessories.

 

Grooming/snowmaking: Two new, 12-ton Prinoth Beasts join Steamboats grooming fleet this yearthe machines providing 40 percent better performance than other groomers. The resorts 21-machine grooming fleet resurfaces 600 acres nightly. Even with 352 inches of annual snowfall, Steamboat also continues to upgrade its snowmaking system. Over the past eight seasons, the resort has installed 20 miles of snowmaking piping, as well as new pumps and motors to enhance efficiency.

 

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