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Northwest Colorado Is Home To A Ski Area Without Chairlifts

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“Welcome to a ski area without chairlifts,” said Jeff Woodward as he showed me around the snow-covered private ranch that is home to Bluebird Backcountry, about 30 minutes southeast of Steamboat Springs in Northwest Colorado.

“Welcome to a ski area without chairlifts,” said Jeff Woodward as he showed me around the snow-covered private ranch that is home to Bluebird Backcountry, about 30 minutes southeast of Steamboat Springs in Northwest Colorado.


Woodward and a business partner co-founded Bluebird Backcountry in early 2020, making it the state’s — and possibly the country’s — newest ski area. Embracing the growth of backcountry skiing, an age-old winter sport that has taken off in recent years as an alternative to ski resorts, including in Western Washington, Bluebird Backcountry provides a so-called “inbounds” backcountry experience.

Don’t expect a ride uphill — this is the only human-powered ski area in the country.

 Read the full story at SeattleTimes.com

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