Discover More Of Colorado With New 2016/17 International Passes And Deals

NEW-Kids Ski Free Featured on Mid-Winter and Route 40 10/10 International Passes This Winter

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-April 18, 2016-Intrawest Colorado resorts, Steamboat and Winter Park, have unveiled a new Mid-Winter pass and announced other pass options perfect for international guests looking to discover more of Colorado while getting the most out of their holiday investment during the 2016/17 ski and snowboard season.

“These passes appeal to our long-stay guests who are looking to discover two genuine and authentic Colorado ski resorts while making their holiday investment go farther over a variety of travel periods,” said Katie Brown, vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “With savings from these pass options, plus the best guest service in the industry and boatloads of Champagne Powder® snow, international guests have plenty of reason to visit the Colorado Rocky Mountains.”

New for the upcoming 2016/17 winter season, the Mid-Winter pass provides unlimited skiing and riding at Steamboat and Winter Park resorts from January 1, 2017 through February 17, 2017 for US$600 for adults (13+) and US$431 for children (6-12).  The savings are even better with a FREE child pass per each adult Mid-Winter pass purchase.  This pass coincides with several international school holidays.

Valid the entire season, the Route 40 10/10 International Pass features 10 days of skiing and riding at Steamboat and 10 days at Winter Park with qualifying lodging purchase.  The Route 40 10/10 Pass is ideal for 10- to 14-night, multiple resort ski safari maximizing guests’ time on the slopes.  This pass is available at last year’s rates, US$520 for adults (13+) and US$374 for children (6-12); and new this year, Kids Ski Free (one free pass per adult purchase) is now included.

“Both resorts have more than enough terrain, lodging, activities and dining for a single resort holiday,” said Jenny O’Farrell, international sales manager for Steamboat and Intrawest. “However, these passes are perfect for our international guests looking to explore multiple destinations during their Colorado snow trip.”

Both international pass programs are available only through the resorts’ international ski specialist partners. Passes are non-transferable, must be booked at least 14 days in advance of guest arrival and can be collected at either Steamboat or Winter Park Resort.  In addition, a free shuttle will run between Winter Park and Steamboat on most Thursdays from December 8, 2016 through April 6, 2017 (additional requirements apply).

With some of the highest guest service scores within the ski industry, Steamboat is famous worldwide for its authentic western atmosphere, genuine friendliness, Olympian tradition and Champagne Powder® snow. North America’s Top Family Resort, Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® encompasses 165 trails, 3,668 vertical feet and nearly 3,000 skiable acres with six peaks filled with world-class groomed cruisers, bumps, steeps, meadows, legendary trees, four terrain parks and rarely a lift line to be seen. Steamboat’s winter season is expected to run from November 23, 2016 through April 16, 2017.

A mountain of many adventures, Winter Park Resort is full of vast and varied terrain with seven distinct ski and ride experiences. That means everyone can find and fulfill the winter adventure they’ve always imagined. One can choose from the endless groomers of Winter Park to the challenging trees and bumps that blanket Mary Jane, and that’s just two of the seven territories. It’s all here for that mountain-minded adventurer who wants to find excitement for the whole family in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

-Happy Trails®

Bittersweet

With the final day of the ski season upon us, I can’t help but feel a little sad. Yes, I know, the change of season is what makes us appreciate winter when it comes back around. And of course, there are miles of biking and hiking trails to be explored on our mountain once the snow melts, which is something to look forward to. Continue reading

The Final Days.

The rule this morning is mid-mountain groomers, as it warms up the Spring-y terrain will expand, but, for now, Steamboat is still waking up.  While I was up there this morning I was one of only five skiers for quite a while.  Lifties were surprised to see me crest their lines, and I never shared a single run.  Like saying a long goodbye to an old friend, these hours of skiing alone have been a nice deep breath before the craziness of closing weekend.

The sky was a bit heavy this morning, deep and grey and close.  She could barely retain her Spring precipitation.  Even the air smelled fresh and damp as the clouds blew over the peaks.  All this will clear, and we’ll have our Springalicious, t-shirt skiing day.

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Tax Break

There’s more snow in the forecast for April, but the melt is on. Open water is starting to seep into the ice on local lakes. Yesterday, I saw the first pelican move to its prime fishing site on the Yampa River. Human ice fishermen continue to brave the shore’s watery gap to get out on what is now a frozen aquamarine surface that’s so beautiful it rivals the bluebird sky it reflects — but brave remains the operative word. Roads tantalize us with completely dry days. There’s a sheen of melt on the snowy haymeadows. The Yampa is starting to rage through downtown — snow taking on its next seasonal duties.

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A Year to Remember

I will admit to being pessimistic about this season in the fall. With the threat of a super El Niño bearing down on us, I just couldn’t imagine that we would even have an average year. Oh, how wrong I was! Not only did we have a great year, but we beat our average for snowfall and are closing out the season with beautiful blue skies and a 72-inch base. I had too many powder days this season to remember and rode lines that I haven’t been on in years. So I would like to officially apologize to Mother Nature for doubting her. I won’t do it again.
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