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Upgrades for Steamboat Resort

03/15/2023 08:00AM ● By Ski Town Media
(Photo: Snow falls on opening night at the newly renovated Christy Sports. Courtesy of Trey Mullen.) 

From Steamboat Magazine Mountain Edition 2023. 

The open-concept layout creates a bright, airy space.

Christy Sports has opened its doors at the base of the mountain once again, after a months-long renovation process. The renovation reflects the company’s mission of service and emphasizes its service departments including rentals, tuning and hard goods. The three-story space features a rental department on the bottom level, alongside daily rental lockers; an expanded retail department on the middle floor; and a state-of-the-art repair shop and boot-fitting area on the top floor. 

This area was a main focal point of the renovation, as the process for boot fitting can take up to an hour. Now the space features a 360-degree bench and large windows alongside personalized work stations for employees. In the tuning room, the Wintersteiger Jupiter is a fully automated servicing system for skis and snowboards. And now, Christy Sports uses Wintersteiger hardware and software for all rentals, making the process mess and paper free. Already one of the leaders in snowsports rentals in the U.S., the new technology has cut processing and fulfillment time in half – a big win for everyone.

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The new childcare facility has the capacity for 35 students, ages two months to five years.

In early 2021, several employees at Steamboat Resort faced the difficult decision to continue working or to stay home with their children. The lack of childcare in the valley was evident but instead of giving in, these employees created a solution – in the form of a new childcare center for children of resort employees which opened mid-December. After receiving a grant from the state, the project was also chosen to participate in a program from a company called Colorado EPIC which created a design lab to help companies start an employer-based childcare facility. The company guided the resort through the process of opening the facility, including educating them on licensing and requirements, how to serve food, financial structure and tuition, and more. Ten companies were selected to participate in the program and Steamboat Resort was the only ski resort among them. Loryn Duke, director of communications for the resort, calls the program “vital to our success.”

Now 19 children of resort employees attend the new childcare facility which is located at the intersection of Walton Creek Rd. and Lincoln Ave. Since the space has the capacity for 35 students, the resort opened up remaining spaces to the community and is now operating off a waitlist. Any resort employee can take advantage of the childcare center which is run in a priority system with full-time employees prioritized, down the line to seasonal workers.

Children ages two months to five years can attend year-round and the center has three different rooms for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. 

“It’s great not only for retention of employees but also for recruitment of new ones,” says Duke. “It makes us stand out as an employer not only in the community, but also in the ski industry.”

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