While Steamboat has been shaped by its rich past, today, with this project, we look forward to shaping the future. We’re investing $180 million on and around our mountain, so we can enhance the Steamboat experience for everyone who visits us. This unprecedented venture will help to make us one of the premier ski destinations in the world for decades to come.
This is an ambitious undertaking the likes of which our resort has never seen. With plans for an après ski plaza, new restaurants and bars, new lodging, a ski beach and an ice rink. On the Mountain – new lifts and new terrain that will make us the second largest resort in Colorado. In the tradition of our pioneering spirit and out of the genuine western heritage of Steamboat, comes and entirely new vision for our resort. Welcome to the new west.
Throughout the construction process, we are focused on four critical strategies to be as green and sustainable as possible.
Full Steam Ahead is a nearly $200MM base area redevelopment and on-mountain improvement project that pays homage to Steamboat’s rich western heritage while reimagining the guest and staff experience. The project will transform the base area into a multi-use, amenity-rich plaza creating an easy-to-navigate resort core, eliminating multiple levels of cumbersome stairs and complete with additional dining and après, shopping, entertainment, and welcoming gathering places for guests to enjoy year-round. On the mountain, a new dedicated beginner’s learning area will be at the mid-way point for the resort’s second gondola, Wild Blue- the longest & fastest 10-person gondola in the U.S., which will, by project end, take skiers and rider all the way from the base area to the top of Sunshine Peak. Additional snowmaking in the Sunshine bowl and 650-acre expansion into Pioneer Ridge will round out the project and make Steamboat the second largest resort in Colorado.
While Steamboat has been shaped by its rich past, it’s time for the resort to move full steam ahead into the future. The base area at the resort became outdated and no longer met the needs or expectations that Steamboat is known for. We’re investing on and around our mountain, and adding amenities, so we can enhance the Steamboat experience for our guests, staff and community. This massive redevelopment will firmly establish Steamboat as one of the premier resort destinations in the world for decades to come.
Yes, construction will continue during the winter months, but with minimal impact to the guest experience.
All parking lots remain the same this winter season. There will be paid parking at Gondola Square and Ski Time Square, and free parking in the Knoll and Meadows lots, with resort shuttles running daily from Meadows. SSRC and Steamboat Springs Redevelopment Authority continue to work on plans for the future of the Transit Center, and we will share more information as it becomes finalized.
Moving the Gondola from its previous location to a new on-snow location will allow us to better mitigate crowds in the base area. Additionally, the space previously occupied by the gondola will now provide gathering spaces for our guests, staff and community, paying homage to our genuine western hospitality with amenities including an ice rink, The Range Food & Drink Hall, Gondola Joe’s, the Steamboat Stage and more.