Summertime Mountain Tips at Steamboat
Mountain Weather: Mountain weather may change at any time without much warning. Afternoon thunderstorms are very common. When storms are present, avoid ridgetops, open ski runs, ski lifts and equipment, lone trees, and the tallest trees. At the top of the gondola a whistle will be sounded when thunderstorms develop. One blast means the last gondola car down will be leaving in 15 minutes. Three blasts means return to the gondola immediately. If the gondola closes due to weather, alternative transportation to the base will be available.
Sun Protection: Protection from the sunís rays is even more important at high altitude. Good sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended.
Clothing: Be aware that the weather can change quickly in the mountain. There can be a 10-degree or greater temperature difference between the bottom and top of the gondola. Rugged footwear is advised for mountain. It's a good idea to carry a windbreaker or pull-over even on very warm days.
Water: Colorado's dry climate and Steamboat's high elevation makes it extremely important to hydrate regularly during the day especially while active during activities. Always bring plenty of water.
Construction: Portions of trails are located on main service roads. Since mountain construction takes place in the summer, be advised that you may encounter trucks and heavy equipment on the road at any time. For your safety, stay clear of construction sites.
Sharing the Road: Portions of the trail system are designated as multiple use. Be aware that bike riders, hikers and vehicular traffic may be encountered on portions of trails and trail loops.
Two-Way Traffic: Trail users should expect to encounter two-way traffic on portions of all trails and trail loops. Stay to the right side of the trail.
Ecology: Mountain ecosystems are very fragile. Please tread lightly and follow a few simple rules:
- Donít litter: pack it in, pack it out
- Donít remove any vegetation
- Respect all trail closures
- There is a significant amount of wildlife on the mountain, please do not approach, feed or try to touch the animals.
- For your safety, as well as the preservation of nature, please stay on the designated trails at all times.
- Please stay clear of all chairlifts, equipment and lift towers. CAUTION! Lift cables and chairs may move at any time for maintenance.
DUE TO EXTREME FIRE DANGERS, SMOKING IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED IN ALL AREAS.
Accidents: Should you or a member of your party become involved in an accident, report it at the top or bottom gondola terminal, or use one of the emergency phones located on the mountain.
National Forest Land: Recreation on this public land is provided by a unique partnership between the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation and the Routt National Forest. The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation is committed to the wise use of our natural resources, as well as the preservation and enhancement of the Routt National Forest. Our efforts in this area include the improvement of wildlife habitat, erosion control, water conservation and recycling of waste products, along with the use of recycled materials when possible. We hope you will join us in our commitment to preserve our environment by helping to keep your National Forest lands beautiful.