Ski Free Sundays set attendance record Dec. 30 |

Ski Free Sundays set attendance record Dec. 30

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Ski Free Sundays set a new record on the last Sunday of December, when 1,170 people took to the slopes of historic Howelsen Hill.

“We couldn’t think of a better way for the community to enjoy their historic ski area,” Howelsen Hill supervisor Brad Setter was quoted as saying in a news release. “If we continue on the same pace as last year, we have the opportunity to eclipse 10,000, which would be a tremendous accomplishment and shows the passion this community has for its hometown hill.”

Dec. 30 was the third time attendance surpassed the 1,000 mark. The previous Ski Free Sunday record, set on Feb. 18, 2018, was 1,023, followed by 1,015 on Closing Day last winter.

During its first month this year, Ski Free Sundays attracted 2,877 participants with complimentary access to Howelsen’s Alpine and Nordic trails. Over the course of the program, Ski Free Sundays has moved from three days during the 2015-16 season to four days in 2016-17 and 13 days in 2017-18. This season, as many as 15 days of free skiing will be offered.

The Steamboat Springs City Council approved free skiing on Sundays to spur interest from residents in using Howelsen Hill. Free skiing is offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday through Closing Day on March 10. The program features free lift tickets for Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking.

For operating hours, current conditions, and season pass and ticket rates, visit or call 970-879-8499.

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