Steamboat’s bowling center will be closed while lanes get big upgrades

Former Steamboat resident Joel Meranski, pictured, and his sister Meryl are part of an investment group that plans to renovate and expand Snow Bowl in Steamboat Springs.
Scott Franz

The bowling center in Steamboat Springs will be closed for a couple of weeks starting Friday while the business gets some major technology upgrades.

Snow Bowl’s new owners are replacing a 15- to 20-year-old scoring system with a brand new model that will make it easier for bowlers to keep track of their performance and share their high scores on social media.

The upgrade also means old CRT monitors that displayed the scores will be replaced with brand new 43-inch LED screens.

Online lane reservations will be offered, and starting a game and entering bowler’s names will also become easier.

“It’s going from a fairly ancient scoring system to one that’s state of the art,” Western Centers Chief Operation Officer Brian Pesch said Thursday.

Pesch said the bowling center could be closed until Jan. 22 for the upgrades, but the company will try to roll out the new scoring system and open sooner than that.

Other recent changes at the bowling center include the addition of brand new rental shoes, pins and bowling balls.

The new owners also recently added a new video game in the arcade section along with ski ball.

Pricing has stayed the same since the improvements were added, Pesch said.

“And in the spring, we’re still planning to do a major renovation,” Pesch said.

The bowling alley was purchased late last year by an investment group started by Joel Meranski and his sister, Meryl.

The Meranskis grew up in Steamboat.

Longer term, the new owners said they have plans to invest around $1 million in the facility to improve the food service and add on about 1,500 square feet of new space.

“We’re trying to bring it into the new era,” Joel Meranski said after the sale closed in November.

Meranski’s investment group is a subsidiary of Western Centers, a real estate investment group based in Denver that owns and manages more than 1 million square feet of retail and office space.

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