As non-skiers on a family ski trip, my husband and I still wanted to take in the views. We bundled up, plunked down the relatively inexpensive $20 per person fee (rather than a $100 lift ticket) for an all-day pass, and went up, up, and away on the gondola. We had a blast ascending and descending to and from the Thunderbird point (sort of like Grand Central for skiers) on a picture perfect day. Once you disembark, you'll discover places in the building to eat, get warm, shop, use the restroom, and take pictures. There's even a Starbuck's at over 9,000 feet :)
The gondola is a great way to get in on the winter action without the risk. We almost opted for $15 snowshoe rental to take in a free 1:00 pm guided hiking tour, but decided to just enjoy the area at our own pace. One nice perk-- since skiers use the gondola, too-- we were able to enjoy some time riding with our skiing kids at the end of the day.
Since it's open nearly year round, it's a great way to take in the views of Yampa Valley no matter the season. Don't miss it if you are heading to Steamboat!
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