Steamboat Ski Area to extend summer season with earlier opening |

Steamboat Ski Area to extend summer season with earlier opening

Construction crews have begun to work on improvements at the base of Steamboat Ski Area including the renovation of the deck at the Bear River Bar & Grill.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — With the addition of new activities, summer is coming a little earlier this year to Steamboat Ski Area.

In an effort to cater to more visitors, summer activities will open starting with Memorial Day weekend May 26 to 28.

“For years, we’ve been trying to ramp up options,” said ski area spokeswoman Nicole Miller.

Gondola rides, Adventure Zone activities and the Outlaw Mountain Coaster will be open weekends until daily operations begin June 15.

Extending the summer season comes after a sizeable investment by the ski area last year. New additions included the Mountain Coaster, mini-golf, tubing hill and climbing wall.

Those with a 2017-18 ski pass and those who purchased an IKON pass for the upcoming season will get free rides on the gondola.

The $199 Adventure Zone pass will include access to the gondola, mini-golf, tubing, climbing wall, Water Walkerz and two rides each day on the Mountain Coaster.

The ski area’s Bear River Bar & Grill will be closed for renovations this summer. It will reopen for the ski season as Timber & Torch.

Other food options this summer will include the ski area’s new Taco Beast food truck, which is expected to make its debut at the base area.

“It’s being built right now,” Miller said.

She said a lot of people have been asking about the Taco Beast.

A snowcat built by Prinoth has been shipped from overseas and will be transformed into the Taco Beast, which will serve carne asada and al pastor trail tacos — the resort’s take on street tacos — breakfast burritos, esquites (Mexican street corn on the cob) and Mexican-style beer.

The Taco Beast will be located on the slopes during the ski season.

Biking season at the ski area will start June 15 with different options for people wanting to use the Steamboat Bike Park trails.

Those who choose to bypass the gondola and pedal up using their own power can use the Bike Park trails with a $49 Bike Park Pedal Pass.

A Bike Park pass with gondola access will be sold for $199 for adults and $99 for children younger than 13.

A summer gondola pass without bike access will be sold for $99.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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