Planning a vacation? Here for a vacation? Just passing through? Here’s a quick update on what’s happening around town to keep your family entertained, your belly full and to help you start planning your next vacation ( hint, new Gondola!).
Steamboat Friday Nights
Whether you’re just rolling into town for a long weekend or you’re spending a whole week in Ski Town USA, you don’t want to miss Steamboat Friday Nights at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. Once the sun goes down, the Ski Area turns up under the lights with night skiing for the whole family, a DJ’d dance party at the Steamboat Stage, food and drinks at Timber & Torch and the grand finale of the weekly fireworks show at 7:30 p.m. Steamboat Friday Nights started in the winter of 17/18 and seems to be getting traction this year with additional activities in and around the base area. If some people in your family want to ski and some want to hang out and stay warm, head to the deck of the Sheraton at the base area. There you’ll find roasting firepits along with (FREE!) smore-making kits for the whole family. Grab an adult beverage or something for the kiddos at the inside and outside bars including savory snacks & dinner options.
LOCAL’S TIP: The best night skiing happens right when the Christy Peak Express chairlift starts turning at 5:30 p.m. The slopes are freshly groomed and there’s nothing like soft corduroy snow to make you feel like a true Olympian!
Low Country Kitchen’s New Home
If you’ve driven down Lincoln Avenue in the past month you may have noticed the empty space where Low County Kitchen once was. Don’t worry, your favorite southern cuisine is still in Steamboat, and is thriving at their new location on the corner of 9th & Oak Street. Low County Kitchen outgrew their small space on Lincoln Ave. and has moved into the newly renovated farmhouse that once held Cloverdale Restaurant. Featuring “southern specialties with a gourmet twist”, Low Country Kitchen has been a Steamboat favorite for locals and visitors alike for years and their new space will host many more diners. You can expect the same southern menu favorites including deviled eggs, shrimp & grits, buttered biscuits and the best fried chicken in Colorado according to MSN.com. Even though Low has more seating than before, make sure to make a reservation before you go or you’ll be waiting for a table for quite a while.
LOCAL’S TIP: Our resident Southerner, Lee Sims, highly recommends the boiled peanuts. If you’ve never had them, they are quite the salty treat and really hard to find outside of the North & South Carolina coastal region.
New Steamboat Gondola
The Steamboat Resort is showing off something new in Gondola Square – a brand new gondola car! Coming next winter (2019/2020), Steamboat Resort will have an all-new gondola with an additional 12 cabins that will whisk riders to the top of the Thunderhead building in 10 minutes, 2 minutes less than the current ride time. The new gondola will also increase capacity by 38 percent, cutting down wait times by 15 minutes during the busy times and the brand new cabins will be walk-on which makes them more efficient and safer for skiers and riders. Construction on the new gondola will begin the day after the ski area closes for the winter season and will continue through the summer. Spokespersons for Steamboat Resort note that summer operations will be impacted and plan to move cyclists and visitors to the top of the mountain through other base area lifts.
LOCAL’S TIP: Stay tuned to find out of the new gondola cars will have wireless internet and music like many of the modern gondolas.