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Summer ramps up at Steamboat Resort with Bike Park opening, Sunset Happy Hour

Stephen Wilson hits a series of rollers along a downhill track near the base of Steamboat Resort during the 2017 season at the Steamboat Bike Park.
John F. Russell
Steamboat Ski Area multi-use trails that do not require a pass: Creekside, Duster Road, Elkhead Loop, Moonlight, Pioneer, So What Road, Spur Run Road, Valley View, Why Not Road, Yoo Hoo Road, Zig Zag Steamboat Bike Park trails that require a pass: EZ Rider, Lickity Split, Cowpoke, Lasso, Tenderfoot, Wrangler’s Gulch, Rustler’s Ridge upper, lower and connector, Gunsmoke, Buckin’ Bronc, Flying Diamond  

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Downhill enthusiasts will get access to the Steamboat Bike Park at Steamboat Resort a week earlier than originally planned.

Steamboat Bike Park trails, with the exception of EZ Rider and Flying Diamond, will be open Saturday and Sunday with daily operations beginning June 15.

This year, the resort has a new bike pass available for those who want to bypass the gondola and pedal up the mountain on their own power.

Steamboat Resort spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said the new $49 Bike Park Pedal Pass has created some confusion in the community.

People are required to have a pass if they want to use the Bike Park’s downhill-only trails.

“The Bike Park is private trails by the ski area,” Kasten said. “Those are not Forest Service trails.”

The downhill-only trails in the Bike Park were built and are maintained by the resort. They feature berms and bridges as well as rock jumps.

“We want to make sure people are signing the releases and understanding the risks associated with the downhill trails, because they are trails that have features on them,” Kasten said. “People need to understand what they are getting into when they ride Bike Park trails.”

The multi-use trails at the resort and surrounding area do not require a pass.

Other happenings at the mountain include the return of Sunset Happy Hour at the top of the gondola on June 14. This popular event is offered most Thursdays and Sundays throughout the summer season.

Sunset Happy Hour costs $15 and includes the gondola ride and a $5 food or drink credit.

Those with a 2017-18 or 2018-19 season ski pass can attend Sunset Happy Hour for free.

Free concerts on the Steamboat Stage in Gondola Square begin July 13 with Drew Emmitt, featuring members of Leftover Salmon.

The Machine performs Pink Floyd Aug. 17. The show will include an interstellar light and multimedia show.

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


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