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What’s Happening East and West of Downtown Steamboat

10/23/2023 08:00AM ● By Ski Town Media Staff
(Photo: A rendering of the Prairie Run workforce housing project. Courtesy of Gorman & Company.)

Hayden’s hopes for affordable housing

Steamboat Springs’ neighbor to the west, the town of Hayden, is seeing hope on the horizon that might help to alleviate local workers’ housing problems.

In June, the town, in partnership with Gorman & Company, secured an $8.6 million Transformational Housing Award. The funds will go toward building the Prairie Run workforce housing project, which will create 129 perpetually deed-restricted affordable for-rent housing units in apartments, townhomes and live-work unit configurations.

Gorman & Company, the project developer, works with municipalities, government organizations and nonprofits to create housing projects. Prairie Run Workforce Apartments are the result of Hayden’s Master Plan and Housing Action Plan to provide mixed-income, local housing to serve the housing needs within Hayden.

“This housing will add security to the local businesses and workers that keep our community operating and make it such a special place to call home,” says Hayden’s mayor, Ryan Banks.

Construction is expected to begin in 2024 with units available by late 2025 into early 2026.

Steamboat Resort updates

Hearing helicopters this summer? It’s a sign that Steamboat Resort is hard at work on phase three of construction before the mountain opens for the ski season in November. This summer’s phase includes the construction of the upper leg of the Wild Blue Gondola, which is slated to be the longest and fastest 10-person gondola in North America. The lower leg of the gondola opened last ski season and once the upper leg is complete, the gondola will feed skiers and riders through a new mid-station adjacent to Bashor Bowl. Its final stop will be at the top of Sunshine Peak. Just over three miles long, Wild Blue will bring skiers and riders from bottom to top this season in 13 minutes.

(Photo: Part of the Mahogany Ridge Express chairlift makes its way down Lincoln Avenue towards the mountain for installation. Courtesy of Deborah Olsen.)
The new Mahogany Ridge and Fish Creek Canyon expansion area will add 650 additional acres of expert and advanced terrain, making Steamboat the second largest ski resort in Colorado. The area, previously known as Pioneer Ridge, got a name change back to Mahogany Ridge, as it used to be called, when the Scandinavian Lodge sat at the base of the mountain. According to local lore, the lodge had a mahogany bar in it, where people would congregate for apres ski. When they skied down the ridgeline to get to the bar, they called it “Mahogany Ridge.” This summer, the Mahogany Ridge Express chairlift will be installed to service the terrain.

Down at the ski area base, The Range Food & Drink Hall celebrated its grand opening in June. The Range offers four dining options including Sunshine Bowl Ramen, Pioneer Pie, Twister Tacos and Why Not Sandwich Shop, as well as a bar on each level.

Construction for mountain improvements has impacted open trails for hikers and bikers, and up-to-date information can be found at