According to the Steamboat Today, Intrawest CEO Tom Marano just announced that Steamboat Ski Area will be getting new amenities as part of the company's capital improvement plan. Intrawest plans to spend between $43 and $48 million on new developments at its 6 mountain resorts, which include Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado. In a move that mirrors what Vail Resorts is doing at its ski areas, Intrawest said it plans to invest more heavily in summer amenities.
Marano said that Steamboat will get a mountain coaster and mini golf course to capitalize on the 30,000-40,000 visitors that ascend on the mountain during peak summer weekends. The mini golf park at the base area (likely near the Christie Peak Express lift) will likely be similar to a course at one of Intrawest's other ski areas, Blue Mountain. While the mini golf course would only be operational in the summer, the mountain coaster could be operated during winter.
Intrawest also plans to build a new high-speed quad, called the Elkhead lift. According to Marano, "Elkhead services a high-volume area of the mountain and facilitates lunchtime and end-of-day egress from the popular beginner and intermediate terrain pods on the south side of the mountain," he said. "The increased speed and capacity of this new lift will substantially improve the guest experience at Steamboat."
Stay tuned for construction updates.