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We’re gearing up for ski season here in Steamboat Springs, and this year at Howelsen Hill, there are some new exciting features at the famous, downtown ski hill. The ski area, which will be open to the public seven days a week, will open November 27th through April 3rd. Lift tickets are free on Sundays, a local’s favorite activity and a nice change from skiing at Steamboat Resort.

Howelsen will debut its new three-person, high-speed chairlift, which has replaced the old Barrows lift thanks to a partnership with The VF Foundation, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, and the City of Steamboat Springs. The new and improved chairlift drops riders off higher so they don’t have to walk as far to access runs.

In addition to the new lift, what was once a lift shack will now be a concession stand where staff will sell food and beverage, and skiers and riders will have access to a new run. It will be intermediate terrain with the goal to provide more access to Upper Face for beginner and intermediate users.

Season passes are available for purchase online in order to ski, fat bike, or snowshoe on the Howelsen Hill Nordic trail system. Daily tickets cost $35, and as always, Sundays are free.

If you’ve never had an opportunity to ski at “Colorado’s oldest continuously operating ski area, since 1915,” make time this winter to check it out. Howelsen Hill, which is owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs, is still home to some of the world’s most well-known Winter Olympians. //steamboatsprings.net