Countdown to Opening Day June 30
The first day of summer was earlier this week, but the summer season at Steamboat Resort officially kicks off one week from today on June 30. Here’s a rundown on what to expect:
Coca-Cola Adventure Zone: Day passes will be $39 and provide access to several new activities, including the mini-golf course, urban ropes course and summer tubing. Old favorites like the Wild West Bounce House, Slingshot Bungee Trampoline and WaterWalkerz will be open, as well.
Trails: Crews have been working to clear downed trees from trails on the mountain, and all multi-use trails are now open. Please be mindful of trail conditions and only ride routes that have dried. Lift access will not be available until the gondola opens in mid-July. All downhill trails are closed until the Bike Park opens July 15.
Food and drink: New this summer, enjoy a cocktail along Burgess Creek or order from a full menu on the Bear River Bar & Grill deck. The Umbrella Bar and Gondola Joe’s also will be open.
Maverick Mini-Golf: The 18-hole course near the base of the Christie Peak Express will have players putting through Steamboat-themed landmarks, including the iconic Steamboat barn, Fish Creek Falls and Rabbit Ears. 10 holes are ADA accessible.
Summer tubing hill: Ride the magic carpet to the top of dual 300-foot lanes before gliding to the bottom of the course through rollers and turns.
Urban ropes course: The newly designed course offers 12 obstacles, including a walking net, punching bags, beam bridge and rope swings.
Family Fun Happy Hour: From 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays from June 30 to July 14, the Adventure Zone will offer half-price tickets for kids while adults enjoy live music and half-price draft beers, wines by the glass and appetizers. When the Sheraton’s steamboat whistle sounds at 5 p.m., rubber duckies will race down Burgess Creek with prizes for the winners.
Steamboat Bike Park: All downhill trails are schedule to open July 15. Trails crews are currently working to reroute some lower-mountain trails and add features.
Gondola: The upgraded gondola is scheduled to open July 15, with Sunset Happy Hour resuming July 16 and continuing most Sundays and Thursdays.
Climbing wall: A new 40-foot wall is being built between the Steamboat Stage and gondola entrance in Gondola Square. Expected to operate year-round, the wall features three routes and an auto-belay system.
Outlaw Mountain Coaster: Once completed, Steamboat’s more than mile-long mountain coaster will be the longest in North America. The ride begins at the base of Christie Peak Express, where guests board a sled to ride up the mountain and past the Christie Peak Express mid-station before beginning their descent. The track features dips, waves, turns, 360-degree circles and bridges that rise more than 40 feet off the ground.
Nicole Miller is the digital communications manager at Steamboat Resort and manages the ski area’s social media channels. She moved to Steamboat in 2006 after earning a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the University of Colorado in Boulder. She enjoys rooftop margaritas and snuggling with her dog, Tija.
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