Steamboat Base Area Update

   Expect to see some nice changes in the Steamboat Base Area this winter.  As a member of the Urban Renewal Authority Board that manages the URA planning, design, construction and recommends action on the above to Steamboat's City Council I am fortunate to be a part of the exciting upgrades going on at the base. We recently got approval for a $21m bond issue to complete phase 2 of the public improvements at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.  Here are some highlights of what is happening,  if you would like to know more give me call at 970-879-0879.

 - The Steamboat Springs URA in the midst of a busy summer / fall construction season where we are doing the rough grading of the base area for the promenade that will link the base area together for better summer and winter access, dig out the area where will will daylight Burgess Creek in the summer next year, build several areas for kids to play and adults to relax in the summer starting in 2012, build an amitheatre shaped area that will fill in the area below the Torian Plum parking garage to lay the foundation for that section of the promenade and provide better ski access.  It will also make that part of the base look significantly better this winter since you will no longer be able to see the parking garage.

- The Steamboat Ski Area is rebuilding the deck area at Bear River Bar and Grill into a concrete structure with snowmelt and a new indoor / outdoor bar and will be building a new fire pit where the Billy Kid statue has been located the last few years for the URA.The firepit is part of the URA's plans but it makes sense to have the Steamboat Ski Area build it as part of their project since the main part of the promenade it will be attached to is not scheduled to be built until next summer. The Steamboat Ski Area also plans to upgrade its snowmaking systems to allow for better early season conditions

- In case you haven't heard the The Ski area and the local bike communitiy has also been hard at work on a new biking and hiking master plan for the ski area that will include new bike and hiking trail. The Ski Area brought in Gravity Logic who built the trails in Whistler to design and build the biking trails.  They completed a complete digital map and laid out several new trails that are going through the approval process now.  I hear from friends on the inside that there are some really cool trails on the drawing board.  the best part is that they plan to start building some of the trails next spring!

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