20 Apr 2021
Work has begun on Steamboat Resort’s $135 million base area redevelopment and on-mountain improvement plan. The development is scheduled to take place over the next three years.
Check in here for regular updates to the Steamboat Gondola Move and Steamboat Base Redevelopment.
What’s Happening Now?
APRIL 19, 2021
After the mountain closed on Sunday, April 11, fencing went up and crews began clearing out the gondola and ski school building.
This is the first step being taken for the gondola square design as the gondola will be moved 300 feet east onto the mountain in place of where the magic carpets are currently. Demolition will likely begin in about a month.
Christie Peak chairlift will run this summer instead of the gondola.
What Are The Plans?
Plans: Gondola Square Redesign
The first step has already begun, which is moving the gondola to an on-snow location. It will move 300 feet east over Burgess Creek where the magic carpets currently are.
The current gondola and ski school building will be demolished to make way for a complete Gondola Square expansion and transformation.
Plans are for Gondola Square to become a multi-use, amenity-rich plaza with additional dining, retail and entertainment options, as well as adding welcoming gathering spaces. An ice rink, outdoor seating and fire pits are also in the plans.
Another exciting enhancement to Gondola Square is the arrival experience. There will be a new escalator to bring guests down into the square. This will eliminate the multiple levels of cumbersome stairs that currently exist.
Plans: On-Mountain Development
Over the next three years, there are master development plans in place for:
- Will be the longest 8-person gondola in North America at 3.16 miles from the base to the summit at the top of Sunshine Peak.
- Will increase the out-of-base capacity from 6,000 people per hour to 10,000 people per hour.
- Will provide access to a new ski school area in the current Bashor Bowl.
- This would expand the trail map by 20% to a total of 3,620 acres – would make Steamboat the second largest ski area in Colorado.