Opening Day at Steamboat Resort is a highly anticipated event each year from essentially the time the mountain closes. Both locals and visitors alike love opening day for it’s festivities, food, and of course – it’s snow. The kickoff of the season is always a party in itself, almost always happening the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day.

The Season’s Grand Opening

Starting back in the 2022/23 season, Steamboat Resort has been revealing its newest mountain updates and additions as part of its Full Steam Ahead project, including $200+ million in improvements. The first leg of the updates were complete in 2022/23, including a re-graded Greenhorn Ranch learning center, the lower leg of the Wild Blue Gondola, the Ice Rink, the Range Food and Beverage Hall, and new snowmaking capabilities at the base. For 2023/24, we can look forward to completion of the upper leg of the Wild Blue Gondola, the new Mahogany Ridge chairlift, new terrain, and snowmaking expansions!

Festivities to Enjoy

The festivities begin at 7:30am and the resort opens at 8:30am. The festivities usually include breakfast in line such as donuts or breakfast burritos and mimosas (yum!). The opening ceremony also often includes gifts for the early birds who make it into line before everyone else! The countdown begins and the ringing of the Champagne Powder Bell fills gondola square, awakening the winter spirit in all of us.

Steamboat Resort also often hides goodies all over the mountain waiting to be discovered by the day’s riders! Stick around for  special performances, speeches, and artists.

Stay with Four Seasons Steamboat

Will we be seeing you for the next opening day?

Want to be close to the hill for the best skiing this  season? Check out our stunning Steamboat mountainside rentals for the best access all season long! Some of our favorites include ski-in/ski-out properties like Gondola Getaway, a privately owned condo within the Sheraton Resort Village. Book early as homes fill up for opening week and Thanksgiving every year!