Adventure Zone good to go despite projects

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— Disc golf will be the only temporary casualty as the Steamboat Ski Area undertakes extensive chairlift and trail work at the base of the resort this summer.

All of the other summer activities in the Gondola Square Adventure Zone will open for the weekend of June 8 to 10 and resume full-time operations June 15. Gondola rides, mountain biking and hiking are also available this summer.

"For safety reasons, we won't offer disc golf this summer," Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said. She added as construction activities commence and staging areas become more clearly defined, the ski area will place signs to help hikers and cyclists navigate the construction zones.

Thomsen said the family-oriented amusements in Gondola Square will be unaffected by the construction. The slingshot trampoline bungee jump, shoot 'n' shower, mini-bounce, East Face climbing wall, Giggle Gulch mini-golf and human gyro all return. Admission to the activities is by ticket, beginning with one, two or three tickets depending on the attraction. The price is $3 per single ticket, or they may be purchased in volume at discounted rates - 20 for $54 or 50 for $120, for example.

Steamboat is removing several aging ski lifts this summer to be replaced by a six-person chairlift that will offer an intermediate disembarking station near the top of Headwall before continuing to the Christie Summit.

The new Christie Peak Express will have a length of 4,700 feet with a capacity of 3,200 people per hour (400 more than the gondola). It will make the trip in 4.8 minutes.

Ski Area Vice President of Mountain Operations Doug Allen said the construction schedule is pending.

"We're walking the on-mountain projects through the city planning process," Allen said.

The intent of the re-grading project is to clean up a mix of multiple fall lines and conflicting skier traffic. The result will be three distinct trails, each with their own grades varying between 9 percent and 21 percent.

The Preview Trail, popular with people who are new to the sport, would be extended.

The beginner trails Main Drag and Boulevard, coming off Christie Peak, would be merged to create a gentle trail 40 feet wide with a constant grade of 10 percent.

Visitors to the ski area this summer will find that the gondola parking lot is closed due to the pending construction of One Steamboat Place.

Thomsen encouraged visitors to use the Gondola Transit Center when dropping off people. Motorists also are free to use the Gondola Square parking structure. Surface parking at the Knoll Lot is a short walk away, she added.

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