Tips From Bear the Safety Dog

Bear, Steamboat’s safety dog, writes the Sniffin’ Out Safety blog. You might have seen him around the resort. When you do, be sure to say “hi.” Bear loves meeting new people and sharing safety tips. Find more information about safety on the mountain at

Family Ski Tips: Prepare your kids for a lifetime of fun on the slopes

Steamboat has built a reputation over the past five decades as one of the best family ski resorts in North America and continues to focus on its award-winning family programs to create the best winter experience on and off the mountain.

Follow these tips to ensure your family has a great time in Steamboat:

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Know Before You Go: Steamboat’s Boundary and Backcountry Access

Backcountry access is available from Steamboat Resort, but it’s important to remember that terrain beyond the ski area boundary is not patrolled or maintained and that avalanche danger and other hazards exist. Access to public land outside the ski area boundary is provided through marked access points (pictured above), and Steamboat Resort is not responsible for the safety of skiers and riders who choose to go beyond the boundary. Should backcountry travelers need to be rescued, those duties are performed by the Routt County Sheriff’s Office and could be costly if a search team, helicopters or ambulances are required.

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Resort Targets Safety Through Seminars, Programs & Clinics

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-January 11, 2016-As the New Year unfolds, Steamboat Ski Resort & Corporation celebrates National Safety Month with safety machines, special seminars, demonstrations, programs and clinics for all ages and ability levels of skiers and snowboarders.

“This is a very important initiative for the resort and across the industry,” said Rob Perlman, president & chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “While there is an increased focus this month, the resort works all season to showcase these unique safety programs while opening the sport to winter enthusiasts in a safe and fun way.”

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Keep your distance from wildlife on the mountain

While skiing at Steamboat, you might see a wide variety of wildlife, including moose, black bears, elk, deer, mountain lions, coyotes, foxes, porcupines and other kinds of animals.

The safest way to view wildlife in the Yampa Valley is from a distance. It’s important to remember this is their home, too. If you see an animal, don’t approach it. It’s OK to take a picture using the zoom on your camera. They might look docile, but wild animals will defend their territory.

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Beware: Deep snow conditions exist

With more than 6 feet of snow in the past two weeks, Steamboat is living up to its worldwide reputation for tree skiing and Champagne Powder snow. But skiing or riding in gladed areas and deep snow carries with it an inherent risk: A fall into deep snow or a tree well can be suffocating and fatal.

A tree well is an unstable hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree when low branches prevent snow from filling in and creating snowpack around the trunk. Prevent your risk of falling into a tree well using the following tips:

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