Reggae legend Bob Marley’s former band, The Wailers, plays the Closing Day party at Steamboat Ski Area and the final Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert along with Katchafire starting at 2 p.m. Sunday in Gondola Square.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Reggae legend Bob Marley’s former band, The Wailers, plays the Closing Day party at Steamboat Ski Area and the final Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert along with Katchafire starting at 2 p.m. Sunday in Gondola Square.

Ski Jam won’t return to Steamboat

Ski Corp., Dickson Productions hope to introduce revamped festival

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— After seven years of base area entertainment, the annual Ski Jam music festival will not return to Steamboat Ski Area this winter.

Loryn Kasten, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman, said Tuesday that the resort hopes to look at other opportunities to bring a live music festival to the mountain at a different date.

“Ski Jam as it has happened in the past will not take place that same week in January,” Kasten said. “We felt we’ve had a great experience with Ski Jam as it’s been, and it was time for a change.”

In the past, the festival has taken place in mid-January featuring marquee names in rock, blues and jam music, and is produced by Austin, Texas-based Dickson Productions.

Dickson Productions also puts on MusicFest, a country and Americana music festival that is scheduled for Jan. 5 to 10. MusicFest traditionally is marketed to out-of-towners as a package weekend and already is sold out.

Kasten said Ski Corp. and Dickson Productions decided together that Ski Jam needed a new boost of energy.

“Together in that partnership we decided it was time to make a change,” Kasten said. “We’re working together to work on new programming and see how we can revitalize and re-energize it.”

Dickson Productions founder John Dickson said he would miss Ski Jam’s January program because of the talent and entertainment it provided for Steamboat residents and visitors. That’s why it’s important to him to reincarnate the festival in some form.

“We put a lot of years on that festival, and we’ve worked together a lot of years,” Dickson said. “We’re not going to let it fall off the side.

“We just want to re-look at it and figure out how we can provide the most for the community with what resources we have. It’s a challenge, and it’s not easy.”

Last year, the festival featured the world-renowned reggae sounds of the Wailers and former Steamboat Springs resident turned jam favorite Keller Williams.

The festival spanned two weekends last year, including a two-day showcase of throwback and tribute bands including The Molly Ringwalds and Super Diamond.

“We’re looking forward to presenting a new festival with the same great vibe,” Dickson said. “It’ll come together and be better, and everyone will embrace it.”

Kasten and Dickson said the planning process for a new festival was in “very early stages.”

“There is still a lot of planning that needs to happen,” Kasten said. “We’re still hoping to bring some sort of music festival to the resort at a later date.”

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 871-4204 or e-mail ninglis@steamboatpilot.com

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