Steamboat Ski Resort is so well known for its light, dry Champagne Powder® snow that it trademarked the name. The Colorado resort, 267 kilometres northwest of Denver, comprises six mountains, 1200 hectares of terrain and 165 named trails. With its easily accessible location and nonstop air services from 14 US destinations (many with international connections), it’s a favourite with Australians and New Zealanders (who make up the resort’s #1 international market) seeking an authentic Western experience.
Following the purchase of its parent company in July 2017, Steamboat is now part of the Alterra Mountain Company community of 12 resorts, including the world’s largest heli-ski operation. Alterra, together with Aspen Skiing Company, Alta Ski Area, Boyne Resorts, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, POWDR, and Snowbird, announced the arrival of a new season pass for the 2018-19 season. The Ikon Pass gives holders access to 26 resorts across 9 US states and 4 Canadian provinces (full list below).
Steamboat & Messina
A select group of media guests were invited to hear all about the friendly, genuine experience that awaits snow-lovers in Ski Town, U.S.A.® over two dinners in Sydney with Loryn Kasten, Senior Communications Manager, and Laura Speirs, Steamboat’s Australian press representative. LATTE was among the six media attendees on Thursday night for a gastronomic journey at Messina Creative Department, featuring seven courses of sweet and savoury gelati, sorbets, mousses, foams and creams, accompanied by nonalcoholic concoctions.
Just as Messina Creative Department offers a whimsical take on the degustation menu, Steamboat will be reinventing the food truck in the 2018-19 season with a roaming snow cat dispensing tacos, burritos and Mexican-style beer on the slopes. Skiers and snowboarders will be able to track Taco Beast, as it will be known, via an app. Further gourmet investment is going towards the transformation of Bear River Restaurant on Gondola Square into Timber & Torch, an indoor-outdoor dining destination with a new bistro-inspired menu, a line-up of craft beers and signature cocktails.
Steamboat is also known for its annual Winter Carnival, celebrated in February for over a century. A highlight for young riders is the skijoring event, wherein children are pulled on skis behind horses; adults can try their hand at the alternative ‘shovel riding’. Other festivities include the skiing high school band, horses jumping through fire hoops and the dazzling spectacle of the Lighted Man.
Lead image © Loryn Kasten/Steamboat Ski Resort
Ikon Pass destinations:
- Steamboat, Colorado
- Aspen Snowmass, Colorado
- Winter Park Resort, Colorado
- Copper Mountain Resort, Colorado
- Eldora Mountain Resort, Colorado
- Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, California
- Mammoth Mountain, California
- Big Bear Mountain Resort, California
- June Mountain, California
- Big Sky Resort, Montana
- Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Wyoming
- Deer Valley Resort, Utah
- Snowbird, Utah
- Alta, Utah
- Sugarloaf, Maine
- Sunday River, Maine
- Loon Mountain, New Hampshire
- Sugarbush, Vermont
- Killington Resort, Vermont
- Stratton, Vermont
- Snowshoe Mountain, West Virginia
- Revelstoke, British Columbia
- CHM Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures, Alberta
- SkiBig3, Alberta (Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort & Mt Norquay)
- Blue Mountain, Ontario
- Tremblant, Quebec
Wondering what a seven-course Messina Creative Department experience looks like? Scroll down for a preview.