Steamboat Night Skiing (2023/2024 Guide)

The Steamboat Resort is one of the few resorts in Colorado that offers night skiing to visitors during the winter season.

Night skiing is a fantastic way to get some additional runs in and enjoy Steamboat’s Champagne Powder®.

This article covers all the important details about Steamboat Night Skiing so keep reading to find out more!

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Steamboat Night Skiing

Night skiing at Steamboat starts at the high-speed Christie’s Peak Express chairlift which takes you to the top of Christie’s Peak.

From here there are five trails for you to choose from!

One of the best things about night skiing at Steamboat, and the reason it is so popular, is that all levels of skiing are catered for.

There are two beginners, two intermediate and one advanced trail open at night:

  • Sitz – Intermediate
  • See Me – Advanced
  • Vogue – Intermediate
  • Stampede – Beginner
  • Lil’ Rodeo – Beginner

If you’re a beginner, one thing to be aware of is that there are no beginner runs from the top of the chairlift.

You’ll have to navigate Sitz and Vogue, which are both intermediate runs, first before you reach the easier slopes.

Steamboat Night Skiing Map

To make your experience safe and enjoyable the slopes are lit with state-of-the-art Ultra-Tech Lighting.

This lighting ensures that you’re able to see exactly where you are going when you’re skiing at night.

How Much Does Steamboat Night Skiing Cost?

You will need to purchase a separate night skiing lift ticket at Steamboat.

At the time of writing the cost for a night skiing ticket was as follows:

TicketWindow RateWindow Rate (Holiday*)Advance Purchase
Adult (13+)$59$69$49
Child (5-12)$49$59$39
Child (4 & under)$5$5$5

Tickets can be purchased in person (Window Rate) or online.

To take advantage of the “Advance Purchase” rate you’ll need to book your tickets 7 days in advance.

The above ticket prices do not include ski/snowboard rentals. Steamboat offers a Night Skiing Combo ticket which includes a lift ticket and night rental.

At the time of writing, the online cost for the Night Skiing Combo ticket is as follows:

TicketPrice ($)
Sport Ski Package & Lift Ticket (13+)$79
Child Ski Package & Lift Ticket (12 & under)$65
Sport Board Package & Lift Ticket (13+)$79
Child Board Package & Lift Ticket (12 & under)$65

Steamboat Night Skiing Hours

For the 2023/2024 season, night skiing in Steamboat takes place from December 14, 2023, to March 24, 2024.

Operating hours during this period are as follows:

Day of WeekDatesTime
Thursday – SundayDec 14 – Dec 17, 20235.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Thursday – SundayDec 21 – Dec 23, 20235.30 pm – 8.30 pm
DailyDec 25, 2023 – Jan 1, 20245.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Thursday – SundayJan 4, 2024 – Mar 24, 20245.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Note that there is no night skiing on Christmas Eve or Super Bowl Sunday.

Night Skiing Tips

If this is your first time night skiing then make sure you check out our Night Skiing Beginners Guide where we answer some of the common questions about night skiing.

If you don’t have time for that, we’ve put together a few night skiing tips that should help make your experience much better:

1. Dress warmly 
The temperatures drop at night. This means you’ll need to layer up and wear extra gear. Your extremities such as hands, feet and head are likely to get the coldest so focus on keeping them warm. This will ensure you have a much more pleasant experience on the slopes and don’t call it an early night.

2. Use the correct lenses
Make sure you either use clear or yellow lenses to protect your eyes and help you see better.

3. Take it easy to start
Skiing at night takes a different set of skills and while the slopes might be quieter we always recommend taking it easy to start, especially if it is your first time.

4. Don’t ski alone
This rule is just as applicable to skiing during the day. At night with fewer people on the mountain, it always helps to have a buddy with you in case something goes wrong.

5. Have fun
This goes without saying but skiing at night is a unique experience that not all resorts offer. If you get the chance then get out there and make the most of it.

If you happen to be able to share it with friends it will be an experience you’ll never forget!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Steamboat Have Night Skiing?

Yes – Steamboat is one of only a few resorts in Colorado that offers night skiing to visitors.

Night skiing starts in mid-December and finishes at the end of March. Night skiing starts at 5:30 pm and finishes at 8:30 pm.

What Time is Night Skiing at Steamboat?

Night skiing at Steamboat starts at 5:30 pm and finishes at 8:30 pm.

Does Steamboat Groom the Slopes for Night Skiing?

Yes – the ski runs that are open for night skiing are groomed.

Does the Ikon Pass Work For Night Skiing at Steamboat?

Yes – Ikon Pass holders get unlimited night skiing access at Steamboat. All you need to do is take your Ikon Pass to the Christie Peak Lift.

Ikon Base Pass and Ikon Session Pass holders also get access to night skiing (limited to operating days and dates of night skiing). Take note of the blackout dates.

For the Ikon Base Pass and Ikon Session Pass holders, if you do not use your pass during the day and then choose to ski at night, that will count as a day used on your pass.

More information about the Ikon Pass and the Steamboat ski resort can be found here.

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