Last night the Steamboat Springs City Council voted unanimously to approve Steamboat Ski Area’s plan to light 1,100 vertical feet of terrain in time for the upcoming winter season. Five trails serviced by the Christie Peak Express will be lit for night skiing. Steamboat plans to initially offer night skiing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, extending those hours to 9:30 p.m. in the spring and to 11 p.m. for some special events. About $35 million in public and private funds have been dedicated to updating the base of the ski area in the past six years.
A total of 14 guests spoke during the public comment segment of the meeting and many spoke in support of the proposal. But an attorney did speak on behalf of condo homeowners who oppose the idea due to increased noise and light pollution. The argument that the night skiing would decrease property values did not persuade the council, particularly after several commentators predicted increased property values for slope-side homes.
According to a Steamboat spokesperson, night skiing will probably be an add-on to a season pass and a separate lift ticket from a single day lift ticket. Steamboat will join Keystone and Telluride as the only major Colorado ski resorts which offer night skiing.