Bear Mountain Awaits.
Our tentative 22/23 Opening Day is December 29th, 2022!
Avalanche-managed terrain, skin tracks instead of chairlifts, slopeside parking instead of crowded lots, great terrain without all the hype, a culture of education, and a grassroots scene chock full of campfires and live music. It’s hard to beat Bluebird Backcountry.
Bluebird Backcountry is located minutes from the summit of Rabbit Ears Pass in the heart of Colorado ski country, between Steamboat Springs and Kremmling, and just off the Continental Divide. We’re approximately two hours from the Denver Metro Area and 40 minutes from Steamboat Springs. An alternate route over Berthoud Pass means our guests can largely avoid ski traffic on the I-70 corridor.
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Total Skiable Terrain: 4,200+ acres
Avalanche-managed and Ski-patrolled Area: 1,200+ acres
Guided-only Area: 3,000 acres
Vertical Rise: 1,245′
Base Elevation: 8,600′
Highest Elevation: 9,845′
# Marked Skin Tracks: 11
# Runs: 28
Longest Run: 1.4 miles
All Terrain is Ungroomed:
15% double black and extreme
# Lifts: 0
At Bluebird Backcountry, you’ll spend way more time on the skin track than in the lodge. Still, we have room for guests to warm up between laps.
Amenities: Heated, on-site backcountry equipment rentals, hot food, guest services, fire pit outside, port-a-john bathrooms
Mid-Mountain Warming Hut (“The Perch”)
Amenities: Ski patrol, first aid, heated, fire pit outside, primitive restroom facilities, on-site overnight accommodations
Ample parking means you won’t have to worry about catching a shuttle. Parking is located just steps away from the check-in station at the Base Area.
We’ll keep the road in the best possible conditions on days that we’re open, and while chains are not required to reach Bluebird Backcountry, we recommend driving vehicles with all-wheel or four-wheel drive. For current conditions at Bluebird — including road conditions — visit our Conditions page.
Camping is available during the ski season on Thursday through Sunday nights.
Camping costs $25 per vehicle per night. There are no electrical hookups. You’ll have access to our port-a-john restrooms throughout the night.
What’s New for 2022/2023
Spend the Night at Bluebird
We are excited to offer on-site, overnight accommodations Wednesday through Sunday — right here at Bluebird Backcountry!
Nestled at the base of Rabbit Ears Pass in northern Colorado, Bluebird Backcountry offers unique and one-of-a-kind accommodations perfect for the solo traveler, adventurous couple, outdoorsy family, or friend group. Learn more.
Reserve Day Passes Early & Save
This winter, early birds get the best deal on Day Passes. We will offer a limited amount of discounted Day Passes, which means the sooner you reserve your ski days, the more you’ll save! Buy Day Passes.
Dog Days, Every Day
Remember when dogs were only allowed at Bluebird on weekdays? Well, that was last year. This year, dogs can ski with you every day that we’re open (Thur-Mon). Buy a Dog Pass.
New Season Pass Benefits
Season passholders have unlimited, no-reservation access to the mountain all winter long. This year we’re bringing back all of our popular season pass benefits, plus some great new additions:
- Unlimited and guaranteed mountain access; no reservations required
- 1 Guest Pass (up to $59 value, no blackouts)
- 5 Buddy Codes for 20% off day passes (up to $59 value)
- 5 Nights of Camping ($125 value)
- Unlimited Dog Passes ($10/day value)
- 2 Lift Tickets to Arapahoe Basin (up to $316 value, no blackouts)
- NEW! 3 Lift Tickets to Powderhorn Mountain Resort
- NEW! 2 Lift Tickets to Monarch Mountain
- NEW! 1 Lift Ticket to Sunlight Mountain Resort
- NEW! 30% off all daily equipment rentals
- And so much more
Click here to learn more about 22/23 season pass benefits.
Season Pass Add-Ons
- Bluebird+ Add-On ($250)
Taking the leap into backcountry learning should be simple. The Bluebird+ Add-On is designed to prepare you for the backcountry. If you’re new to backcountry skiing (even if you’ve never been!) or would like to brush up on backcountry basics, the Bluebird+ Add-On is the perfect companion to your season pass. Bluebird+ includes:
- Backcountry 1, 2, and 3 Lessons ($295 value)
- Unlimited FREE access to the Ski With a Mentor program all season long
- 10% discount on all Lessons and Courses, including all AIARE avalanche courses
- $100 discount on a Private Lesson or Guided Day for you and your friends
- Unlimited Rental Add-On — Splitboards and Safety Gear ($299)
New for 2022/2023. New to snowboarding in the backcountry? Demo our splitboards and get set up with your safety gear all season long! Bluebird has one of the largest backcountry fleets in the country. Test drive a wide variety of Weston boards (directionals, non-directionals, swallowtails) at various lengths all winter at an insanely affordable price. Includes unlimited rentals of splitboards, skins, collapsible poles, backpacks, beacons, shovels, probes. Pays for itself after three days! Non-transferrable. Equipment must stay on site at Bluebird Backcountry.
- Unlimited Rental Add-On — Skis, Boots, and Safety Gear ($399)
New for 2022/23. New to skiing and riding in the backcountry? Demo our skis and get set up with your safety gear all season long! Bluebird has one of the largest backcountry demo fleets in the country. Test drive a wide variety of boots, skis with Dynafit bindings, and Weston splitboards all winter at an insanely affordable price. Includes unlimited rentals of ANY equipment, including skis, boots, splitboards, skins, telescoping or collapsible poles, backpacks, beacons, shovels, probes. Pays for itself after three days! Non-transferrable. Equipment must stay on site at Bluebird Backcountry.