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Modified Operations in Conjunction with Base Area Project and On-Mountain Improvements
Steamboat Resort will open for summer operations on June 18, continuing through Labor Day, Sept. 6. Land Up activities, the Steamboat Bike Park, and Christie Peak Express lift will operate five days a week, Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Construction projects, including a base area redevelopment, moving of the lower gondola terminal, and grading work in the Bashor Bowl area of the resort have begun and will continue throughout the summer. Christie Peak Express will serve as the summer chairlift. The chairlift will carry bikes to the top of Christie Peak. Access to lower mountain Steamboat Bike Park trails include beginner trails Cowpoke, Lickety Split, Lasso and EZ Rider; intermediate trails Rustler’s Ridge, Gunsmoke, Huckleberry and Wrangler’s Gulch and the advanced/expert trail Buckin’ Bronc – all opening on June 18. Once dry, multi-use trails will also be accessible. The most up to date information on detours and temporary closures due to on-mountain work will be updated on the website and Steamboat app.
Steamboat Bike Park season passes including access to trails and lift are now on sale for $199 and single-day Bike Park tickets including lift access will be $39. A Pedal Pass without lift access will be available for $29. Bike rentals, including downhill and cross-country bikes, pedal assist bikes, cruisers and safety equipment will continue to be available through the Steamboat Sports Sheraton Bike Shop located adjacent to the Christie Peak Express lift. Bike Park 101, a two-hour clinic for beginners, will be offered daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m. Gravity Girls group sessions will be on Fridays from 4 to 6 p.m. Private and Pedal Assisted bike lessons are also available.
“While the base of the resort will look different this summer, our team is looking forward to welcoming guests to enjoy the fresh mountain air and warm weather activities,” said Dave Hunter, vice president of mountain operations for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “We thank you for your patience as we kick off this exciting revitalization project and take a bold step, Full Steam Ahead, into the future.”
The lower Thunderhead hiking trail will be accessible as well as all other multi-use trails in the area including Valley View and Yoo Hoo road. Guests can utilize Christie Peak Express for scenic chairlift rides to 8,020 feet at $25 for adults, $10 for youth, and free for children under four. A Scenic Chairlift Summer pass will be available for $49.
The Land Up activities including the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, Maverick Mini Golf, and ropes course will be open. Land up Activities are available with a multi-ride day pass for $49 or single activity ticket for $20. Passes and tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Office in the Steamboat Sports Sheraton location across from Christie Peak Express chairlift or in advance on the website and Steamboat app. There will be contactless pick up kiosks located around the base area for convenient pick up of pre-purchased product. Guests are encouraged to prepurchase tickets for the Bike Park, chairlift, and Land Up activities ahead of time. A Virtual Line option will be offered for the mountain coaster by scanning a QR code provided with the purchase of a ticket which allows the guest to join a queue and be alerted when they are summoned to board.
Thunderhead Lodge, including the bathrooms, restaurants, and Steamboat Bike Park trail access between Thunderhead down to top of Christie Peak Express will remain closed and unpatrolled for the summer season. Guests may dine at Timber & Torch and T&T Grill in Gondola Square for lunch and dinner Thursday through Monday. The Taco Beast will operate at the top of Christie Peak Express lift from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. A new barbeque restaurant in Torian Plaza will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Details on events are still being determined but will be available on the website calendar as they are added.
The upper and lower Knoll parking lots will be available for free parking and the Gondola Square Parking Structure will offer a paid parking option. Resort access will be through Torian Plaza this summer as Gondola Square and the surrounding area will be closed within the construction perimeter fencing. Shuttles will be provided during resort operating hours to transport guests from the Gondola Square Transit Center to Torian Plaza. The suggested walking route to Torian Plaza from the Gondola Square Transit Center is the sidewalk along Ski Time Square Drive. Wayfinding details and updated base area maps, as well as current COVID mitigation protocols can be found at www.steamboat.com/trailforward. As construction continues throughout the summer season, trails and activities may be impacted. For the most up-to-date information regarding closures and construction impacts visit www.steamboat.com/baseareaproject and make sure to download the Steamboat app on your phone.