Kurt Bisnette removes a piece of railing  Thursday from the Bear River Bar & Grill deck in Gondola Square. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is replacing the deck with a European-inspired terrace and umbrella bar that will open before the start of the ski season.

Photo by Scott Franz

Kurt Bisnette removes a piece of railing Thursday from the Bear River Bar & Grill deck in Gondola Square. Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. is replacing the deck with a European-inspired terrace and umbrella bar that will open before the start of the ski season.

Steamboat Ski Corp. announces new projects

New terrace, umbrella bar will replace Bear River deck

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— A European-inspired terrace and umbrella bar is one of several new ski area improvements announced by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. on Wednesday.

The Bear River Bar & Grill’s deck will be torn down in the coming weeks to make room for the new terrace that will be completed in Gondola Square before the start of the ski season.

“This season, the resort continues the momentum built over the past several years to enhance the on-mountain experience and continue the revitalization of the base area,” Ski Corp. President Chris Diamond said in a news release.

Storm Mountain Services workers began removing railings and loosening screws on the deck Thursday afternoon after they received a permit for the demolition.

The new terrace and umbrella bar will be a heated, glass-enclosed facility that provides access to the promenade in Gondola Square.

The finished terrace will feature floor to ceiling windows, access to the ski area and outdoor seating.

“We saw this as an opportunity to create more space and a unique atmosphere in that location,” Ski Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said. “Visitors will be able to take in everything that’s going on outside on the mountain from inside the new terrace.”

Kasten said the terrace, which is in the final stages of planning, also would include an outdoor fire pit and walls that can be removed during warmer months. The terrace is part of a larger project to revitalize the promenade area before the winter season.

“There’s so much momentum right now with the promenade,” she said. “We wanted to integrate the terrace with the improvements that are already being made in the area.”

In addition to building the new terrace, the ski area also plans to make changes to its snow­­­-making pumps, increasing the quality of the runs at the beginning of the season.

Doug Allen, Ski Corp.’s vice president of mountain operations, said the new technology and hardware they will begin using this year will give skiers and snowboarders a better experience on Mount Werner this winter.

Other improvements announ­ced for the ski area this year include a hiking and biking master plan and new rails in the terrain parks.

Comments

boater1 3 years, 7 months ago

new terrace? at ground level or above? hope it's still a good spot to catch the free bands. how will this look with the old 70's bombershelter bunker look of the building itself???

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insbsdeep 3 years, 7 months ago

I hope they re-use or salvage all that decking. It is still in great shape.

I agree boater, the elevated deck was nice for the shows.

On a side note, why have they not replaced the hiking trail that came straight down headwall from the top of south peak lift. Was it not in the regrading budget? It would take about a day to do. It was a better, more enjoyable, and safer environment for hiking. Currently hikers have to walk up and down the same trail that bikers use. It doesn't bother me as much from a biking perspective, as it does when I was hiking it last weekend with my young kids, extended family, and dogs(on a leash).

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boater1 3 years, 7 months ago

yes that is alot of wood & in good shape. that deck is huge. i don't really understand what to purpose is??? that deck was always packed w/ customers and sits nicely up there. since $ is tight, what is ski corp going after here anyway? would the experience be any nice/more upscale. could they serve more people? just seems like in times like these this is a waste. why not spend the $ on resurfacing that building itself. it's a downright ugly turd in the center of everything.

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boater1 3 years, 7 months ago

the more i read this the more it seems ski corp is attempting to create more "inside" type of space what also engages the outside. my guess is that the inside customer spends more $ per person (food & drink) than the outside custom (mostly drink). many times it's impossible to get a seat inside. the deck worked great but it's all about profit...and it always has been.

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