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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Ski Free At Colorado’s Historic Howelsen Hill This Winter

Howelsen Hill has produced more winter Olympians than any other place in the country; and now you can experience its famed slopes just like one during Ski Free at Howelsen Hill, featuring an amazing eight days of free skiing spread across January, February and March. Ski Free is a partnership between the City of Steamboat Springs, Big Country KBCR 96.9 FM and the family of radio stations and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. 

“There are few ski areas that exude as much character, history and heritage as Howelsen Hill; let alone come even close to matching this amount of free skiing,” said Walter Magill, president of the Steamboat Springs City Council. “Skiing is a way of life here; so it’s important that residents and visitors experience it firsthand and truly understand what makes Steamboat unique and such a special community.”

On the following free days, it’s as easy as simply stopping into the lodge to pick up your free ticket, which is required to access the lifts and Nordic trails on these special days. Ski Free dates subject to change. 

Ski Free Day, January 15th – All of Howelsen Hill will be open for FREE skiing and riding from 10am to 4pm.  Coaches from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) will be offering FREE lessons during two sessions running from 10-11:30am and 1-2:30pm to the first 50 never-ever skiers. The SSWSC will also host a ski jumping clinic from 1-3pm that day. 

Winter Carnival, February 8-12th – Your 104th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival button provides a free lift ticket to ski at Howelsen Hill during Winter Carnival. Lift ticket must be obtained inside Howelsen Lodge prior to accessing the slopes. One ticket per button per day.

Ski Free Day, February 26th – Ski FREE returns in February from 10am to 4pm. The Bud Werner Library will give away a free copy of the book, Hotdogger, to kids ages 8 . As a way to fuel your passion to tackle the slopes, the City of Steamboat will provide FREE hot dogs while supplies last.  

Ski Free Day, March 12th The last Ski Free Day at Howelsen Hill and what better way to enjoy it than with new gear during Demo Day. Organized by the SSWSC, Demo Day brings together a variety of retailers, and more importantly awesome gear, so you can try it out on the trails from 10am to 4pm. Additional details available closer to the event.  

Owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs, Howelsen Hill is Colorado's oldest continuously operated ski area and home to the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America. The ski area offers affordable skiing and snowboarding, with terrain catered toward all abilities and ages as well as 13 miles of Nordic, snowshoe and snow bike trails. 

Howelsen Hill has been the training ground for more than 88 winter Olympians and houses the acclaimed Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the oldest ski club west of the Mississippi. The ski area was recently acknowledged as a Pioneer Ski Resort by the International Skiing History Association and the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum and Hall of Fame.

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Contact Information: 
Emily Hines, Marketing & Special Events Coordinator – (970) 871-7031 or 

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