Steamboat Colorado Ski Resort

Bringing on the Night at Steamboat and

Kristen Lummis, Steamboat Ski ResortBy Kristen Lummis,

There’s not a lot of night skiing in Colorado. We’ve got daytime skiing galore, arguably the best in the nation. But when it comes to nighttime, with the exception of after dark stalwarts and, the lifts shut down, the music cranks up and my family, well, we turn in early, so that we can click in early the next day. Still, I’ve always been intrigued with skiing under the lights. Why? Because the ticket is always cheaper, it extends the day, or allows us to ski after a busy day, and well, because it’s skiing.

1, 100 Vertical Feet of Fun at Steamboat

This season, When the switch was flipped on December 20th, Steamboat skiers and riders experienced 1, 100 vertical feet of nighttime fun for the first time. Riding the Christie Peak Express, the base area six pack, the view with the lights is impressive, especially when you consider how much terrain is open. Skiers and riders have their choice of Sitz, See Me/See Ya, Vogue, Stampede and Lil’ Rodeo, as well as a fully lit terrain park. Best of all, the mountain grooms the night skiing terrain before reopening. You won’t be skiing on someone else’s freshly frozen track. It’s all corduroy.

The views from 8, 000 foot Christie Peak at night are stunning, especially as the sun is setting. The skiing is fun, with a variety of black, blue and green runs, and the mood is festive. When we were there, on a warm Sunday night, we met a group of guys who had flown in only hours before. They were thrilled to be skiing and getting some bonus turns during their vacation. On another ride, we met a dad and his young son. They’d been skiing all day, taking a dinner break when the lifts closed, and were hard back at it. Finally, we met up with some locals who’d worked all day, and now were free to ski.

Night skiing and riding at Steamboat happens every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through March 30. With the longer days of spring, the hours shifted slightly and the mountain is now open from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

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