Steamboat Ski Area to usher in night skiing era Friday with fireworks, torchlight parade |

Steamboat Ski Area to usher in night skiing era Friday with fireworks, torchlight parade

A bright moon and the new lights at the base of the Ski Area illuminate the base of Mount Werner. Night skiing on the mountain starts Friday night.

— Music, fireworks and a signature torchlight parade will help the Steamboat Ski Area on Friday night kick off the night skiing era on Mount Werner.

"We’ve been excited about this for a while," ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.

The new lights on the mountain are ready to go and will allow skiers to ride down 1,000 vertical feet of terrain from the top of the Christie Peak Express lift to the base area.

All of the lights were turned on for the first time during a test on Sunday night, and residents got a sneak peek at exactly how the mountain will look when it’s illuminated.

Now all that’s left to do is to ensure the slopes are groomed for the launch of night skiing.

Ski area officials hope the $1 million project to light the lower mountain terrain helps to reinvigorate a base area that usually grows quiet when the lifts stop running in the afternoon.

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The ski area is about to become one of the few places in the state to offer night skiing along with the city-owned Howelsen Hill.

The first night skiing party kicks off at the base area at 5 p.m. Friday with music, the fireworks show and the torchlight parade.

There will be free hot chocolate and glow stick necklaces, and the ski area will unveil the new GoPro feature at the Lil’ Rodeo terrain park.

Night skiing will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

It will then run nightly during those hours from Dec. 26 to Jan. 6 for the holidays.

It reverts back to the normal weekend-only schedule Jan. 10 until the hours are extended in the spring.

Riders can night ski on Sitz, See Me/See Ya, Vogue, Stampede and Lil' Rodeo.

The first night riders should plan on bundling up on Friday night as temperatures currently are forecast to reach a low of 11 degrees.

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