Steamboat Ski Resort to offer night skiing

Keystone Resort introduced night skiing in 1985 and today has the largest amount of terrain under lights in Colorado. Steamboat Ski Resort this year is planning to join the short list of Colorado areas offering night skiing and riding.

A recent story in the Steamboat Today newspaper reports that the Steamboat Spring’s city council unanimously approved a plan by Steamboat Ski Resort to offer night skiing.

Preliminary plans call for Steamboat Ski Resort to light 1,100 vertical feet of terrain, allowing skiers and riders after-dark access to five trails from the top of the Christie Peak Express lift.

Doug Allen, the ski area’s vice president of mountain operations, told the council that a ticket for night skiing is likely to be an additional add-on to a season pass and separate from daily lift tickets.

The ski area said it initially plans to offer night skiing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The hours will extent to 9:30 p.m. in the spring and to 11 p.m. for some special events, a resort spokesperson said.

The ski resort said it worked with several condominium associations to minimize the impact of the development, including lowering the light poles closest to the residences from the proposed 30 feet to 25 feet.

Night skiing will place Steamboat among the eight or so Colorado resorts offering after-dark skiing and riding. Other resorts include Keystone, Echo Mountain, Telluride (terrain park), Winter Park, Howelsen Hill and Eldora Mountain.

The Steamboat development comes after about $35 million in public and private funds have been spent in the past six years updating the base of the ski area.

Rob Perlman, the ski area’s senior vice president of marketing, told the council and the audience that the ski industry is a hyper-competitive environment.

“With the Four Points Lodge and night skiing, we are making significant improvements to attract more guests to Steamboat,” he said. “In the eyes of (resort owner) Intrawest and our guests, we have the wind at our back.”


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