Nothing beats the freedom of skiing and snowboarding quite like skiing and snowboarding for free.
For the second year, historic Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs will offer free skiing on Sundays this season. (Sunday skiing also is free on Howelsen’s nine cross country trails.) Prior to last season, free skiing was offered one Sunday a month in the previous two seasons.
Howelsen Hill is a modest area with a rich history dating back to 1915, making it Colorado’s oldest continually operating ski area. It has 17 alpine trails with a 440-foot vertical drop served by a double chairlift. The venerable complex has produced dozens of Olympians, 22 Colorado Ski Hall of Fame members and 13 National Ski Hall of Fame members.
Skiing there can be entertaining, too, because you might get to see kids from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club training on the only ski jumps in Colorado.
Howelsen is owned by the City of Steamboat Springs, which is in discussions with the winter sports club to replace the chairlift because of erosion on the mountain. The chairlift is named after Moose Barrows, a Steamboat native whose spectacular crash in the downhill at the 1968 Winter Olympics became part of the intro video for ABC’s famous Wide World of Sports shows to illustrate “the agony of defeat.”