Mountain Update

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With just a few weeks left in the 2018/19 ski season, it’s time to start looking at what’s to come for Steamboat.

What makes us different…

A small town in the northwest corner of Colorado, home to 98 Olympians, and 12,100 of the friendliest and most adventurous individuals you’ll find. Steamboat is more than just Ski Town U.S.A, Bike Town U.S.A, and Firework Town U.S.A… it’s a welcoming community filled with individuals that share a passion for the outdoors and the magnificent place we call home.

Steamboat is deeply rooted in both ranching and ski culture.  Originally a Western cowboy town turned ski town, Steamboat is unique in how these two cultures have blended to create a resort town unlike any other. With 799 ranches in the Yampa Valley today, you could say we’ve held on to our Western roots.

Located 155 miles northwest of Denver, far from the I-70 corridor and the other resorts along it, Steamboat is a true destination. When visitors come to our town, they’re choosing more than just our legendary powder skiing, they’re choosing to visit a place filled with some of the happiest people on Earth, a true home away from home. Whether you decide to make the 3-hour drive from Denver or fly directly into Hayden, we promise from the moment you arrive, you’ll see just why over 12,000 of us call the Yampa Valley home.

Alterra Mountain Company

Established in 2017, Alterra Mountain Company owns and operates 14 ski resorts across the nation. Located in Denver, Colorado they understand the spirit and heart of the mountains and the adventure that awaits in the outdoors.

Each of the 14 ski resorts, Alterra owns and operates is uniquely different and as a company they set out with a mission to honor the character of each resort individually while increasing the guest experience. With 10 resorts in the Rocky Mountains and a significant footprint in California, which is second in skier traffic only to Colorado, the portfolio they’ve created is impressive. From Mammoth, one of the most heavily trafficked mountains in the world, to two of Canada’s most visited ski areas, to Canadian Mountain Holidays, the largest Heli skiing operation in the world you could say Alterra is looking to market adventure. While impressive, their portfolio is also diverse in the audience the resorts cater to. Big Bear located just 2 hours from LA attracts 90% snowboarders while Deer Valley in Utah is a premiere resort that is exclusively skiers.

More than just a collection of resort destinations, Alterra set out to create the best ski pass on the market. In 2017 they introduced the Ikon Pass, featuring 38 destinations around the world for the opportunity for an endless winter.

What’s to come…

Alterra Mountain Company has pledged to make $550 million in capital investments over the next 5 years across all 14 resorts it owns. Steamboat has already seen several improvements with the remodel and rebrand of the Bear River Bar & Grill now Timber & Torch. With an all new menu, updated décor, and heated outdoor seating, Timber & Torch has become the flagship restaurant for the base area. The Taco Beast, a food-truck style snow cat serving street tacos and Mexican beer is the first of its kind in North America.

Construction of a new Gondola will also begin on April 15th of this year to be completed in time for the 2019/20 ski season. This new Gondola will go from 125 to 137 cars increasing efficiency by 38% and decreasing the wait time by 15 minutes on peak days.

For more information on the changes happening in Steamboat please contact our sales team.