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25 Nov 2022
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Steamboat Skiing & Snowboarding

Thank you SNOWvember! 

With plenty of snowfall in November, Steamboat is experiencing its best opening since 2014, with a record amount of terrain available early season.  With 29 trails and 6 lifts open, including Storm Peak, Steamboat is officially open top to bottom with a 23-inch snow base and a season total of over 67 inches. Single digit temps in late November allowed snow makers to add to the snow base, providing early season guests with some beautiful blue bird ski days during the Thanksgiving weekend. 

Steamboat's Storm Peak was open on Thanksgiving weekend, making history with a top to bottom opening. 

SNOW FACTS

Steamboat Springs ranks as the fourth snowiest town in the state, with the mountain posting an average annual snowfall of 314 inches at mid mountain. Recording significant powder from October to April, “Ski Town USA” averages over 70 snow days every year. While Snowvember was good to us this year, December historically has the most snow in Steamboat Springs.

OPENING DAY excitement November 23rd included the grand opening celebration of the new Skeeter’s Ice Rink & the Mountain Stage, with live performances and music kicking off the fun in the newly renovated Steamboat Square base area and apres ski plaza. 

Steamboat's new base area was buzzing with excitement on Black Friday, while locals and visitors enjoyed all the open terrain and blue skies.

 

SKEETERS ICE RINK
In the center of the excitement of the new base area is the new 133 x 58-foot ice rink, surrounded by open rails for easy access and viewing. Skaters on the rink will enjoy views of the ski mountain and can enjoy all entertainment on the new stage. The rink plans to be open from 10am to 8pm daily. Bring you own skates and skate for free, or rentals will be available. 

WILD BLUE GONDOLA OPENING
Another exciting part of the Steamboat transformation is the new Wild Blue Gondola, which will be the longest gondola in North America and the fastest 10-person gondola in the country. The lower leg opens this winter, primarily transporting ski school guests to the new ski school headquarters, now called the Greenhorn Ranch in the previous Bashor Basin area. A newly created mid-station adjacent to Bashor bowl will be the exit station for the lower leg with the final destination for the future upper leg at the top of Sunshine Peak, due to open the 2023-24 season.  Once fully open, Wild Blue will have 171 cabins, transporting an additional 3,200 passengers per hour onto the mountain, with an amazingly fast bottom-to-top trip at just under 13 minutes.

GREENHORN RANCH
Greenhorn Ranch is the new ski school learning area in the former Bashor Basin area that has been re-graded  to create the ultimate Terrain Based Learning® experience.  This much needed beginner area will include four carpet lifts and one brand new high-speed quad known as the Greenhorn Ranch Express. Two of the carpet lifts will be relocated from the previous base area and one will be a new, covered, double barrel lift to access two different types of terrain.
Guests learning at Greenhorn Ranch will enjoy varied beginner terrain that will naturally help them advance through the beginner levels before they graduate to the chairlift. 

PIONEER RIDGE EXPANSION
Due to open in the 2023-24 season, Pioneer Ridge will serve up 650 acres of new expert terrain. All in all, terrain will increase from 2,965 permitted acres to 3,615 permitted acres. 

THE RANGE FOOD &  DRINK HALL
Foodies and apres ski lovers will enjoy The Range Food & Drink Hall that will have the feel of an indoor/outdoor lunch and après lounge. Adjacent to Skeeter’s Ice Rink, The Range includes a bar on each of the two levels, along with a wide selection of food options from tacos to ramen bowls, pizza and sandwiches. The Range will utilize a QR-code ordering system, allowing guests to find a seat and order from their table, then pick up their order once they receive a text that its ready. The Range will also features two different bars, one inside and one outside, where guests can sip and sit around a fire pit and watch the skaters or skiers on the mountain. The Range will offer coffee and hot chocolate in the mornings but is primarily for lunch and apres ski traffic. 

 
Skiers and riders walk through the new Steamboat Square on the day after Thanksgiving. 
 
 

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