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Steamboat Magazine

Spring on the Mountain

03/11/2016 05:11PM ● By Dan Greeson

Kevin Kopischke removes his skins while backcountry skiing near Walton Peak on Rabbit Ears Pass on a day off.


Pick up free tips from Olympians Nelson Carmichael and Billy Kidd every week. Meet Billy at 1 p.m. at the top of Why Not after checking boards at the top and bottom of the gondola to see if he is skiing that day. Meet Nelson at Four Points at 1 p.m. on Sundays, if the grooming report says his mogul clinic is on. 

Opt for a personalized class by signing up with Steamboat Snowsports School. Lessons vary from daily group and individual options for all abilities to multi-day racing workshops. Women can sign up for women-only workshops that focus on camaraderie and skill improvement. Snowboarders can perfect spins and grabs or learn new techniques by joining freestyle park and pipe sessions. / 970-879-6111 


Kick back in the saddle of a snow or ski bike and maneuver down runs on short skis. Easy to pick up but instruction is recommended through Steamboat Snowsports School. Bikes may be used all over the Steamboat Ski Area, with the exception of terrain parks, which are clearly marked. Bikes are available for rent at Steamboat Snowsports School or Powder Pursuits Shred Shop at the Steamboat Grand. / 970-879-6111 / 970-879-9086


Steamboat Stars offers lessons for skiers ages five and up with disabilities. Qualified professionals offer individualized experience for all clients using adaptive equipment designed for their needs. / 970-870-1950


Make your day of skiing last into the night every week from Thursdays to Mondays. State-of-the-art Ultra-Tech lighting illuminates 1,100 vertical feet of terrain accessible from Christie Peak Express high-speed chair lift. Night skiing is offered from 6-9 p.m. Night ski for free on day of arrival if flying into the Steamboat/Hayden (HDN) Airport. Show boarding pass at the ticket window to receive the offer. For Tuesday or Wednesday arrival, show boarding pass to ski free on Thursday night. / 970-879-6111


Kids Vacation Club at the base of Steamboat Ski Area offers a warm welcome to children from six months to 15 years old. Kids can sign up for classes ranging from never-ever sessions to Billy Kidd Race Camps. Childcare is provided for little ones from six months to kindergarten in the Kiddie Corral. Three thousand square feet of Western-themed space is designed just for kids. Open daily 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m. / 970-879-6111


Explore the mountain with people who know it the best. Steamboat Ambassadors offer free ski, snowboard and snowshoe tours every day until Sunday, April 3. Intermediate level and above skiers and snowboarders meet at 10:30 a.m. at the mountain tour sign at the top of Vagabond trail. 

The snowshoe tour departs from the base area outside the Information Center at 1 p.m. Snowshoe rentals are available for $20. A lift pass is required for all tours. Ambassador staff are easy to spot in their bright yellow jackets. / 970-871-5444


Ride the gondola after dark and take a guided snowshoe tour on the one-mile long nature trail. After approximately one hour, you will be taken to Hazie’s Restaurant at the top of the gondola for dinner. Tours are available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations are required. Minimum age is 10 years old. Meet at the information center at 5:30 p.m. before loading the gondola at 6 p.m. / 970-879-0740 


Start the evening with a gondola ride, then settle down under a blanket for a snowcat-driven sleigh ride across the mountain to Ragnar’s Restaurant. Savor a five-course Scandinavian-inspired dinner before traveling back beneath the stars. Friday-Sunday nights. Reservations are required. / 970-871-5150