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Mountain Munchies: Steamboat To Put Taco ‘Cat On The Hill


On-mountain eating welcomes Taco Beast mobile taco truck. (Steamboat/Facebook)

Ever got a sudden hunger pang while skiing or riding, but the snow was too good to waste time in the cafeteria line? Or you are far from the nearest on-mountain eatery?

Steamboat has come up a solution to these problems. It’s called The Taos Beast, and it will debut this summer at the northern Colorado resort.

A snowcat will be equipped just like a street taco truck that will roam the mountain to hit up hungry skiers and riders right on the slopes. Steamboat officials say the ‘cat will serve up “trail tacos,” breakfast burritos, equites (Mexican corn on the cob) and Mexican beer.

Beginning this summer, the Taco Beast will pull up alongside a trail, open its serving window and satisfy the hunger of hikers, bikers and scenic sightseers. Both in summer and winter, folks will be able to hook up to a Taco Beast online site that will give locations, times and dates of operations to help catch up to the ‘cat while on the mountain.

Several eateries at base of Steamboat to get overhauls. (Steamboat/Facebook)

Also new at Steamboat will be a much-needed overhaul of base area restaurants. The Bear River Bar & Grill in the Sheraton Hotel will get a complete remodel and emerge with a new name, Torch & Timber. Menu will highlight bistro-style offerings, and serve both craft beer and craft cocktails.

The restaurant in the Gondola Square complex will expand outdoor seating, and get a new outdoor heated patio, two indoor/outdoor bars, an exterior fireplace and a new outdoor BBQ. Terrace seating will be expanded, and the Umbrella Bar will be removed to provide more space. The Bear River Bar & Grill will be closed for the summer during construction.

These improvements at Steamboat are the first investments made by new parent company, Alterra Mountain Company. The Denver-based partnership has announced half a billion dollars to freshen up the 12 resorts it bought this past year in a flurry of acquisition to rapidly catch up with Vail Resorts.

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