Snowmaking: New hydrants will be added to Lower Vagabond and Bashor as well as 11 low-energy, high-efficiency HKD SV10 tower guns to the resort’s arsenal. A key element for early season, the HKD tower guns, which use 30 percent less energy than conventional guns while producing the same amount of snow, are now strategically located across the base area, including Stampede, Lil’ Rodeo, Preview, See Me, See Ya, Voo Doo and Vogue. Several primary pumps and motors will be rebuilt and key pedestal, sled and tower features will be added to the tower gun system to improve efficiency. The resort’s system covers nearly 400 acres of top-to-bottom terrain (3,668 vertical feet) and includes a network of over 300 available hydrants, 4 pump houses across the resort, 121 high-efficiency guns and state-of-the-art digital operating system.
Ski & Snowboard School Ticket Office @ One Steamboat Place: The new Ski & Snowboard Ticket Office is a modern facility located just steps from the gondola on the main plaza level of One Steamboat Place. This 3,800 sq. ft. complex is the one-stop, hassle-free location for all Ski & Snowboard School products and programs. Sixteen point-of-sale positions staffed by knowledgeable professionals will streamline the lesson process. The former Ski & Snowboard School Ticket Office space will become the new home of Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports (STARS).
Patrol First Aid Facility & New Shipping/Receiving: A new base first aid facility, in partnership with the Yampa Valley Medical Center, as well as the back-of-the-house resort shipping & receiving operations, will move into One Steamboat Place. Moving from its current home near Ski Time Square, Fetcher Base Patrol will occupy 1,000 sq. ft. of slopeside space along the new south end of the public promenade administering medical aid, transport services as well as SlopeWise safety education & awareness.
Meadows Public Improvements: The resort’s remote free parking facility, the Meadows, will see a new 8-foot walkway along Pine Grove Road as well as realignment and expansion of the walkway along Mt. Werner Circle. This project covers more than ¼ mile and 208 cubic yards of concrete. A new entrance/exit along Pine Grove Road will replace the two current access points and will be complemented by two additional access portals along the new Bangtail Road, the entry to Trailhead Lodge and Wildhorse Gondola.
Miscellaneous: The resort will replace the haul ropes on Sundown Express and Steamboat Gondola. Additionally, the company will focus on key environmental strategies including its comprehensive Zero-Waste initiative; snowmobile eco-conversion program; Energy Star Food & Beverage appliance plan; and pine beetle management campaign.
Trailhead Lodge - The 176,000 ft2 Trailhead Lodge sits in the heart of Wildhorse Meadows, located steps from the new Wildhorse gondola (opening Feb. 2010). Trailhead Lodge’s fully furnished residential suites embody the character of Wildhorse Meadows by incorporating the authentic heritage of the area with the comforts of today.
Wildhorse Gondola - Leitner-Poma of America, Inc., will build a pulse gondola linking Trailhead Lodge with the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort. The Wildhorse Gondola will cover the 2,000-foot distance to the resort’s base in four minutes and will feature four groups of two, six-passenger cabins for a capacity of 340 people per hour. This lift is anticipated to carry its first passengers to the new base area plaza in February 2010.