The 2016-17 ski season comes to a close on Sunday, April 16 and you can count on Steamboat to go out with a bang.
For a ski town, the final day of the ski season is on par with any major holiday. It’s not just about getting those last few runs in before the lifts stop running or skiing your favorite run one last time before the season ends, it’s a full-on celebration. Skiing in costume, trying to ski across an icy pond, and taking après ski to new heights with a live concert series at the base of the mountain is really one big tribute the mountain lifestyle, and the ski area is at its epicenter. Let’s face it: most of us came to Colorado for the skiing, but those of us who discovered Steamboat never left. Closing Day is a big time Steamboat celebration and a ritual for locals. It’s rife with tradition, sentimentality and of course, a cause for one big party.
Here are the top four ways to enjoy Closing Day:
Ski in costume.
It’s not that uncommon to be cruising down your favorite groomer on Closing Day and see Elvis or a Ninja Turtle skiing by. Costumes are a big part of the fun, and with spring conditions and warmer temperatures, anything goes. If you’re not up for anything elaborate, just grab a wild hat or a wig (use goggles to hold in place), some crazy sunglasses, maybe throw a tutu over your ski pants or wear your favorite football jersey, and you’re good to go.
Ski first, then party.
If there was ever a day for “one run and done” this is the day. The Springalicious Festival will wrap up the season’s Rocks the Boat free concert series with its grand finale at the base of the mountain. Did we mention it’s free?
Definitely wear something waterproof.
Things are going to get wet and wild at the Splashdown Pond Skim, an annual Steamboat tradition. It’s kind of like a polar bear plunge, only the idea is to keep your head above water. Skiers attempt to cross an icy pond without falling in, and to do it in style. Skimmers will be judged on distance, style, crowd response, and air. This is an event not to be missed. Event starts at 1 p.m. with an awards ceremony immediately following.
Come late, leave late.
Because this is the biggest après ski party of the year, it’s a good idea to pace yourself. Start your ski day a little late, eat a late lunch, and milk every minute of those last few runs before the lifts shut down for good. With a full belly and some energy to spare, you’re guaranteed to end the season on a high note—and that is what it’s all about.
To arrange your shuttle to and from the mountain on closing day, or to make any other arrangements or reservations, contact our Concierge.