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Known for its champagne powder, epic tree skiing, and family friendly western vibe, Steamboat has never been touted for steep terrain—until now.

 

“For decades this terrain has been skied by our locals, and it has been outside of our boundary, meaning we didn’t have the ability to patrol it, do avalanche control and obviously it was not lift serviced,” says Dave Hunter, VP of Resort Operations. “Mahogany Ridge is 355 acres of what Steamboat is famous for, and that’s our tree skiing. It will be skiing the same way it has for the last two decades when it was outside of our boundary. The one key difference is we’ll be actively patrolling it, maintaining it, and performing avalanche mitigation. We’re also able to go in and put up boundary ropes and signs and information for our guests, so they best understand how to get in, how to get to their favorite ski or snowboard spot, and how to get out.”

 

 

The lift officially started spinning on January 6, 2024, opening 650 acres of terrain that was previously considered “side country” and accessed through a resort boundary gate. Now, the terrain—that includes never-before seen expert runs that feature rock cliffs, chutes, tree glades and steeps—is going to be managed inside the ski area boundary. Not only does the addition of this terrain make Steamboat the second largest ski area in Colorado, it increases Steamboat’s trail count to 181, lifts to 23, and total acreage to 3,741. The terrain will remain uncut/ungroomed and includes a brand new detachable quad chairlift. An avalanche dog program was implemented to help patrol the area. In fact, Daisy, Mudd and Ty were the guests of honor and among the first to ride the lift in the opening ceremonies.

To access Mahogany Ridge, you’ll ride Pony Express, take a left off the top, and there will be trail called Fairway that will bring you directly into Mahogany Ridge. You can also access Fish Creek Canyon. “Fish Creek Canyon is extreme terrain, in bold, with an exclamation point,” Hunter says. “Slopes can exceed 50 degrees in pitch, there are unmarked hazards, and there are large cliff bands.” To get out of Fish Creek Canyon, be prepared for a 30–45-minute hike/traverse back to Mahogany Ridge Express.

 

 

“Make sure you’re following the Skier Responsibility signs, following our signs and being aware of our signs and respecting our closures,” says Sally House, Steamboat Ski Patrol. “The two most important things about going into Fish Creek Canyon is familiarizing yourself with the area and go with a buddy.”

With over 21 inches of total snowfall that has accumulated already this season, the terrain in Mahogany Ridge and Fish Creek Falls is well covered and ready to go. Steamboat has always been known for its ample snowfall—the deep—and now, at last, can finally lay claim to having the steeps to with it. //steamboat.com

 

 


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