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Posted on: March 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Howelsen Hill Ends 2019/2020 Winter Season Sunday

HH Closing Day NewsFlash

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-March 10, 2020-North America’s oldest operating ski area is closing out the 104th winter in style with Super Ski Free Sunday and its traditional Closing Day Celebration filled with fun, music, events, specialty merchandise and free lift tickets from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, March 15.

“It’s been a fantastic season from start to finish,” said Brad Setter, Howelsen Ski and Rodeo Complex Manager. “Ski Free Sundays continue to set Howelsen Hill apart within the industry, but more importantly, has resonated across the community.”  

On Sunday, the season goes out with a bang with the final Super Ski Free Sunday event. Enjoy a drink and lunch outside on the patio, or play a game of corn hole, while listening to live music from Morningside String Band from 11 AM to 3 PM. City Councilors will be at Howelsen Hill throughout the day talking with guests, helping load lifts, handing out commemorative Ski Free Sunday stickers and raffling off prizes around 1pm, including a Howelsen Hill 2020/2021 season pass.

In addition to free tickets, Mountain Tap will be serving up wood-fired pizza and craft beers, including the brand-new Howelsen Haze IPA, starting at 11am. Beer sales benefit the Howelsen Hill Endowment Fund held at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

Visit the Ohana tent to purchase a variety of merchandise featuring their custom Howelsen Hill design, with 50% of the proceeds benefitting the Howelsen Hill Endowment Fund. Want something in a different color or style? Ohana will also be taking custom orders throughout the day. Steamboat Travel Inc will be handing out festive closing day beads, leis, and other fun goodies. 

Show off your skills by riding the Howie Wowie Wave quarter pipe. Informal trick competitions will take place throughout the day, starting at 10:30 AM, with spot prizes awarded for the best tricks. Weston Snowboards & Ski Haus will also give away swag and offer free demos on their latest snowboards and splitboards. 

Whether you ride, walk or drive, getting to Howelsen Hill is usually pretty easy. Closing day provides an opportunity to share your thoughts on getting around the city as the project team for the city’s Transportation Master Plan are on snow. Stop by their pop-up booth in between runs to share your insights and perspective.

Share your Ski Free Sunday memories from closing day and throughout the season by posting them to Facebook or Instagram between Sunday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 17 with #skifreesundays. The top three photos of the season will be selected and awarded a Howelsen Hill merchandise gift package. 

After closing to the public, the ski area will host several SSWSC special events. In addition, the Nordic Center will remain open and Nordic trails will be groomed daily until March 22, and then, intermittently as conditions permit. Season Passes or daily tickets are required for the Nordic trails.

Howelsen Hill Ski Area is owned and operated by the City of Steamboat Springs and is a skiing institution across the community, Colorado and the nation. Skiing since 1915, the ski area has been the training ground for more than 90 Winter Olympians, athletes from the acclaimed Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and generations of families.


Brad Setter, Howelsen Ski and Rodeo Manager, 970.871.7035 or email
Emily Hines, Marketing & Special Events Coordinator, 970.871.7031 or email

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