Here’s the low down on Summer activities in Steamboat Springs from the ski area.  It is gorgeous now in Steamboat and everyone is making the most of the the good weather to get out and play in town and the surrounding areas.  Make some plans to get outside and  enjoy summer in Steamboat soon.

Here is the press release from the Steamboat Ski Area:  The Champagne Powder snow has given way to lush green landscapes and abundant Colorado wildflowers, and it means one thing in Steamboat, summer is in full swing as the resort begins summer mountain operations on Friday, June 18th.

“While Steamboat may be best known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding, summer is one of the best times to visit and enjoy the other side of Ski Town, USA®,” says Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “The combination of long sunny days with cool nights along with an array of on-mountain activities and town events makes Steamboat a bustling summer community every week of the season.”

Summer operations run at the resort Friday, June 18th through Labor Day weekend with access to the Coca Cola Adventure Zone in Gondola Square, Gondola Rides for hiking, biking and sightseeing, and on-mountain dining at Thunderhead. The resort partners with local radio station KFMU to host the Free Family Fun Fest on Saturday, June 19th which features FREE Adventure Zone activities from 10 am to 2 pm. Children 12 and under can also ride the Gondola for FREE while adults pay half price during the festival.

Summer on the mountain features hiking and mountain biking trails from Thunderhead at 9,080 feet down to the base area at 6,900 feet. Trails will begin to open Friday, June 18th and will continue to become available as conditions permit. The Information Center in Gondola Square can provide a complete list of open trails, activities and current events at the resort. Steamboat Ski Resort will also offer guided gourmet hikes, Sunday Brunch on the mountain, Special Friday Sunset Happy Hours, Art on the Mountain during 4th of July weekend and the Martini Festival in September.

The town of Steamboat Springs is equally as eventful as the mountain. Nearly every weekend there is a festival, concert, event or activity for everyone to enjoy. Summer event highlights include the 22nd Rocky Mountain Mustang Roundup-June 17-20, Cowboy Roundup Days-July 2-4, 30th Hot Air Balloon Rodeo-July 10-11, Steamboat Wine Festival-August 5-8, LIVESTRONG Ride 4 Yellow Mountain Bike Event-August 8th and 6th Wild West Air Fest & Labor Day Weekend-September 4-5. Ongoing events in Steamboat include the ProRodeo Series every Friday and Saturday night, the Downtown Saturday Farmers Market, Strings in the Mountains and the Free Music Concert Series.