Steamboat Resort celebrates 60th anniversary with a drone show and more this weekend

A torchlight parade will start the celebration of Steamboat Resort's 60th Anniversary on Saturday, Jan. 21. The main event will be a drone show with 150 drones telling the story of the resort in images.
Shelby Reardon/Steamboat Pilot & Today

On Jan. 12, Steamboat Resort turned 60, celebrating six decades since a locally owned ski hill called Storm Mountain opened with one chairlift and a poma.

To commemorate the occasion, the resort is hosting an event like none other: a drone show. 

“We do fireworks quite often, it’s not the most special thing,” said Morgan Bast, director of marketing at Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. “We’re all about storytelling and sharing the story of Steamboat with people. This is a very new way to do that.”

The show will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in Steamboat Square. 

There will be a torchlight parade with Snow Sports School instructors, as well as a performance by the Steamboat Skating Club on Skeeter’s Rink. 

Anywhere in Steamboat Square, or the bottom of Stampede is a prime spot to catch the drone show, which will feature 150 drones telling the tale of Steamboat Resort over about 10 minutes. The drones will perform a synchronized display of images composed to music and aided by a commentary that will take viewers through important moments in the history of Steamboat Resort. 

Bast said it should be an immersive experience for attendees. 

Hundreds gathered in Steamboat Square to skate, sip hot cocoa, listen to music and enjoy the warmth and awe of the flames from balloon baskets on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. The resort is gearing up for another big party on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at Steamboat Square as it celebrates its 60th year in operation.
Shelby Reardon/Steamboat Pilot & Today

“Just listening to the music going along to the drone show has sent a couple of us in the office into tears,” she said. “It’s so powerful and moving. You’ll hear some fun jingles from over the years.”

There will be complimentary cupcakes, hot cocoa, a champagne toast and custom Coca-Cola glasses.

After the drone show, Steamboat Square becomes a party. Night skiing will begin at 6 p.m., as will a special cosmic skate night at Skeeter’s Rink. 

The Steamboat Skating Club helped debut Skeeter’s Rink at opening day 2022 at Steamboat Resort on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. As the resort celebrates its 60th anniversary, night skiing at Skeeter’s Rink is set to open at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023.
Shelby Reardon/Steamboat Pilot & Today

One important thing to keep in mind is that the event is weather dependent. If precipitation keeps the drones grounded, the show will be postponed to Sunday, Jan. 22, or Monday, Jan. 23. 

Prospective viewers should keep an eye on, or the Steamboat Resort app, which will alert nearby users if the event time has been changed. 

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.