Happy Birthday, Baby! A look back at Steamboat’s 50th Birthday Season

50thbirthdayheaderJanuary 12, 1963: Steamboat’s Storm Mountain officially opened with a double chairlift and an A-frame warming house. The day’s cash receipts were $13.75 and the temperature hovered at -25°F.

January 12, 2013: Steamboat Resort celebrates with cake and bubbly, now featuring 2,965 skiable acres, 16 lifts, a gondola, 165 named trails, and world-class recognition as Ski Town, USA®.

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Steamboat has well-earned its nickname, Ski Town, USA®, over the last 50 years.  Not only becoming one of the most-preferred family ski destinations in the country, but also producing more Olympians than any other town.  It’s a quiet-little-ranch-town, turned world-class ski and training destination success story (to put it humbly).

What started with Carl Howelsen in 1914 blossomed into Storm Peak’s opening in 1963, and finally into what we know today: Steamboat Ski Resort, top-notch skiing for all abilities, combined with family-friendly fun, 5-star amenities, killer aprés and nightlife options, and more.  It’s no wonder so many visitors have made Steamboat a yearly vacation destination, and why so many have come to call Steamboat home.

So let’s take a quick rewind and take a look back at the amazing season Steamboat’s had this year.  Call it Mother Nature’s blessing, but whatever it was, Steamboat had one heck of a 5-month birthday party.

Ski Town, USA’s 50th Birthday Season

Santa brings Christmas Present: Powder!
After a slow start in December, Santa brought powder to the ‘Boat, in a big way:


January 31, 2013: 3.5 Feet in 3 days
…And then in January and February the powder never stopped. Steamboat received a record 3.5 feet in 3 days. Take a look at the fun:


50th Birthday Celebration Fun
Steamboat celebrated its 50th Birthday in style, with performances by the Yampa Valley Boys, The Congress, and Robert Randolph & The Family Band, a monumental birthday cake, and a Torchlight Parade & Fireworks display.


…And the fun (and snow) lasted ’til the end!
Yes, Steamboat’s 50th Birthday season was blessed clear to the end, receiving about 20 fresh new inches (for a total of  338″ this season) in its Closing Week.  It made for quite the Springalicious Celebration indeed, complete with the 33rd Annual Cardboard Classic and 6th Annual Splashdown Pondskim.


What a year it’s been, and we can’t wait for more!  Only 224 days until Opening Day…

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