The city of Steamboat Springs' plan to allow snow bikes on the Nordic ski trails at Howelsen Hill this winter will get a second look next month because some members of the Steamboat Springs City Council are concerned about the move. Fat bikes have wider tires filled at a lower air pressure and are designed to be ridden on snow.

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The city of Steamboat Springs' plan to allow snow bikes on the Nordic ski trails at Howelsen Hill this winter will get a second look next month because some members of the Steamboat Springs City Council are concerned about the move. Fat bikes have wider tires filled at a lower air pressure and are designed to be ridden on snow.

Steamboat Springs City Council wants to take 2nd look at plan allowing snow bikes at Howelsen Hill

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— The city of Steamboat Springs' plan to allow snow bikes on the Nordic ski trails at Howelsen Hill this winter will get a second look next month because some members of the Steamboat Springs City Council are concerned about the move.

“I think it's going to impact a lot of people,” council member Walter Magill said Tuesday night adding the trails on Howelsen are unique because of the youth ski training that goes on there.

Magill and council member Sonja Macys said the council was left out of the loop on the decision to allow the bikes.

They added they had received emails and complaints from community members about the plan.

Concerns they cited included potential conflicts with Nordic skiers and potential interference with the races that occur at the city's ski area.

Interim Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Director John Overstreet told the council the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club supports the city's decision to allow the bikes.

The council voted unanimously to have its Parks and Recreation Commission discuss the proposal Nov. 13 before it is brought back to council.

Snow bikes have wider tires filled at a lower air pressure and are designed to be ridden on snow.

Craig Robinson, Howelsen Hill's facilities supervisor, said last week that the city learned other ski areas in the country — including the Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, Wyo. — successfully were adding the bikes to their trail systems.

“As this industry has grown and the sport has kind of evolved, we were able to talk to other ski resorts that had implemented this program and thought it would be a great fit for Howelsen and Steamboat,” Robinson said. “As the technology has evolved, there is less and less impact from the bike.”

The Catamount Ranch & Club also has plans to allow the bikes on some of its cross-country trails.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10.

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Comments

kyle pietras 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Snow shoes and skate skiers themselves do more damage to the trails. Share the trails share some costs....this is a growing industry that we as BIKE TOWN USA should be at the fore front. Most riders will be on the snow shoe trails anyway.

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Pat West 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Put Nov.13 on your schedule and tell Parks, and city council.

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mark hartless 5 months, 3 weeks ago

Let 'em ride their darn bikes on the trails for God's sakes... anything to keep 'em off the roads, please...

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John Fielding 5 months, 3 weeks ago

I've been saying for years that we could get big crowds to come up here to watch bike flying competitions on the Nordic jumps. With the stunts you see pro competitors doing on bikes these days, there is no doubt there would be highly skilled individuals participating, bringing it eventually to a highly technical art form. And, there are only a few venues for it in the country, none of which have the location right smack in the middle of town. We'd be the biggest draw of the whole circuit.

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Pat West 5 months, 3 weeks ago

It would be nice if the reporter on this story would tell the public when and where the Parks & Rec meeting will be. Something like: Parks and Rec Committee meets second and forth Wednesdays @ 5:30 in Centennial Hall, 124 10th street.

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