What to Expect at Bluebird Backcountry

Come ski and ride with us!

Our 22/23 Opening Day is December 29th, 2022.


1. Plenty of Parking

When you arrive at Bluebird Backcountry, you’ll be greeted by a friendly face (from six feet away, of course!). First, you’ll park in our spacious lot, gather your gear, and head over to the lodge. 

2. Contactless Check-in

We’ve reimagined our check-in process to be completely contactless. The first day on site, you’ll walk up to the kiosk, get your pass, and be ready to hit the slopes in no time. After that, you can reload your pass online to avoid going inside at all! Hint: To speed this process along, make sure you’ve signed all the appropriate waivers and uploaded your photo to your pass online before you arrive on your first day.

3. Meet the Mountain

Once you’ve checked in, you’ll be directed to our Mountain Orientation Station, where a greeter will tell you all about the best trails, explain what the day’s conditions are like, and introduce you to our passport program. If you’ve reserved rentals, the greeter will direct you to pick up your gear.

3a. Signed Up for a Lesson?

The Mountain Orientation Station greeter will direct you to meet up with your lesson group. After a short meet-and-greet with your gear at the base, you and your lesson group (six students or fewer) will head out to spend the rest of the morning on the peaceful slopes of Bear Mountain.

3b. Here to Explore?

You’ll show your beacon, probe, and shovel to the attendant at the mountain entrance, and then you’re ready to hit the skin track. Eventually, you’ll find yourself at one of our mid-mountain warming huts (“The Perch”), where you can warm up around the social-distance-friendly fire pit, check in with ski patrol if you have questions, or grab a cup of hot cocoa.

4. Time to Rip Skins

Whether you skinned up on your own or in a lesson, you’ll have earned your turns! You can rip laps in West Bowl, ski the steeps, or take a tree run. We bet you’ll want to do it again… and again.

5. Back to the Base

Back at the Base Lodge, you’ll pull off your boots, drop off any rental gear, swing by our resident food truck to grab a tasty s’more. Then, crack a beer or mix up a mug of hot cocoa as you chat with your new friends around the outdoor fire pit.

6. Cozy Up for the Night

If you’ve got a four-season camping setup, stop by the lodge to arrange your campsite for the night. For indoor accommodations, head into Kremmling or drive over Rabbit Ears Pass to stay in Steamboat Springs.

7. Get Ready for Another Bluebird Day!

Wherever you spend the night, we look forward to catching you on your next visit to Bluebird Backcountry!

However you spend your day at Bluebird, we know it’ll be an awesome one!

Don’t just take it from us.  See what our guests had to say last season: