Steamboat Resort Open For Summer
By Rachel Miller
"Steamboat Resort is pleased to announce Steamboat will open for the summer on Friday, June 26, offering the Outlaw Mountain Coaster, Maverick mini golf, the Steamboat Gondola for scenic rides, Oasis Sundeck dining, the Steamboat Mercantile retail store and Timber & Torch outdoor grill. Operations will be open Friday through Sunday through Labor Day on Monday, September 7.
STEAMBOAT DOWNHILL BIKE PARK
After considerable evaluation Steamboat Resort has made the tough decision not to operate the Steamboat Bike Park this summer. We know how passionate our mountain biking community is, and how much our guests and staff enjoy the bike park, but given the current circumstances with limited staff resources it would be difficult to run the Bike Park safely. Biking at Steamboat Ski Resort will still be permitted on multi-use Forest Service trails, but without the support of bike upload, patrol services, rentals, lessons/guides and trail maintenance. Downhill bike park features, jumps, and trails will be closed this summer so it is important all riders stay off these specific trails. Please share this message with friends and family and encourage bike enthusiasts to enjoy the hundreds of miles of other mountain bike trails throughout the Yampa Valley. We have every intention of reopening the Steamboat Bike Park next summer, but it just doesn’t make sense for this year.
ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES FOR SUMMER RECREATION
Opening during the time of COVID has its own challenges and uncertainty, therefore we want to make sure our guests and staff are aware of additional safety measures the resort is taking to provide outdoor summer recreation. In planning for our summer opening, SSRC took a thoughtful and careful approach in an effort to balance welcoming destination guests, encouraging visitor spending to boost our economy and the health and minimize the spread of COVID-19. That is one of the reasons we are focusing on activities and access that allow for social distancing for our staff and our guests.
We have worked with local and state officials and following COVID-19 operation guidelines, the resort has created specific plans for departments that interact with guests and will continue to adapt and adjust as guidelines change. Minimizing the spread of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility between our staff and guests, and we need everyone’s help. Below are a few of the additional measures the resort is taking:
- Following Routt County guidelines, guests will be asked wear face coverings and practice social distancing
- Per the same guidelines, all staff will be required to wear face coverings, undergo temperature and health screenings prior to shifts and utilize hand sanitizer or hand-washing stations.
- Any guest or staff who is feeling unwell or has COVID-19 type symptoms should not visit the resort.
- New signage is being placed around the resort and the Steamboat Grand Hotel to communicate these expectations and other measures to guests
These are guidelines that you have probably heard from other business around town, and the resort will ask you to respect these guidelines when you recreate on the mountain. You can find our full mitigation plans and procedures posted at the resort and on our website.
We understand the importance of welcoming guests to Routt County, in an effort to bring a much needed boost to our local economy. As a sales tax based county, we depend on visitors spending money at our local restaurants, lodges, shops and businesses. We recognize there is a balance, and our goal is to invite visitors, but not open the flood gates and overwhelm our community. We hope you will support our efforts, along with the efforts of the Chamber, the City and local businesses to find the appropriate balance of keeping our community healthy and encouraging visitors to support our town.
Thank you for understanding this cautious approach so we can get through summer while setting ourselves up for winter which is only 166 days away. Until then, stay safe and enjoy summer in the majestic Yampa Valley."