Steamboat Ski Resort recently unveiled several on-mountain improvements designed to enhance the overall resort experience for the upcoming 2010/2011 season. For the upcoming winter, a number of projects are currently underway across several resort departments including snowmaking, lift maintenance, food & beverage, and terrain park operations.
“Steamboat is synonymous with a warm, friendly western welcome and providing the best guest experience along with heaps of signature Champagne Powder® snow,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “This season, the resort continues the momentum built over the past several years to enhance the on-mountain experience and continue the revitalization of the base area.”
“In today’s economy, the community of Steamboat Springs, including the resort, continues to move forward by investing in infrastructure projects,” commented Diamond. “The new base area promenade construction, plus downtown and airport improvements, represents a strong commitment to provide the best experience for our guests. We look forward to sharing the enhanced experience, along with a boat load of snow, with Steamboat powderhounds this season.”
2010/2011 On-Mountain Improvements
Terrace & Umbrella Bar:
The existing Bear River deck will be removed and replaced with a new Terrace and Umbrella Bar. This will be a fully-heated, glass-enclosed facility just steps off the Promenade. The four-season, European-style Umbrella Bar features floor to ceiling windows for year-round views. In addition, a new outdoor fire pit will add to the fun at the ski area base. Rough grading for the base area promenade is being competed this summer, with the final hardscape and daylighting of Burgess Creek scheduled to finish next summer.
Even though Steamboat has built a world famous reputation on its light Champagne Powder®, having a little extra snowmaking for insurance is always welcomed. Steamboat’s new snowmaking pump changes will result in a 27% increase in water flow. Couple the increased flow with the purchase of 40 high-efficiency, low-energy tower guns, and early season snow production will enhance the number of trails available at the beginning of the season. The HKD tower guns, which use 30% less energy than conventional guns while producing the same amount of snow, are now strategically located across the mountain on Heavenly Daze, Rudi’s Run, Lightning, Upper Vagabond, Ego, Sitz as well as Stampede, Lil’ Rodeo, Preview, Right-O-Way, See Ya, See Me, Voo Doo, Vogue, Lower Vagabond, Tornado Lane and Buddy’s Run.
“The early season on-snow product will be significantly improved this winter due to ongoing snowmaking improvements, technological advancement and additional hardware,” said Doug Allen, vice president-mountain operations for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “With this technology, crews take advantage of shorter cold weather windows; cover more of the trail; and, treat guests to a drastically better early season skiing and riding product in the process.”
New Rails/Features in Terrain Parks:
Ranging from small to large, 30 new and refurbished rails/features will pop up this season across the resort’s four progressive terrain parks. With input from pro riders, a variety of small, 8′ to 12′, low-to-the-ground and shaped boxes will provide the opportunity for learning the basics in transitions and kinked sensations. In the medium park, a new 16′ picnic table and several 24′ shaped boxes will be unveiled for a variety of Down/Up and Double Kinked riding opportunities. A new Wall Ride, several additional large features as well as a new entrance in the advance park complete the full spectrum of progression from beginner to advance.
KVC Magic Carpet Relocation & Corridor:
Last winter, the newly renovated Kids’ Vacation Center opened to rave reviews and further solidified Steamboat’s position as the #1 Family Resort in North America. The relocation and realignment of the Buckaroo magic carpet lift ensures a better learning environment in the new One Steamboat Place snow area. A magic carpet is a state-of-the-art conveyor lift that has revolutionized kids’ programs by quadrupling the number of runs kids take per hour.