Steamboat kidsA frequent logjam for skiers and riders at Steamboat Mountain will get some relief, as the northern Rockies resort announced an upgrade for the Elkhead chairlift. Work is set for summer.

In addition, officials of owner Intrawest said the main base area will get a mountain coaster and mini-golf course to upgrade summer offerings.

A new high-speed quad Elkhead chair will replace the fixed-grip four-seater that has been ferrying skiers and snowboarders from the dead-end saddle at the east side of the Sunshine Peak area to the ridge where they can reach the bottom of the hill.

"Elkhead services a high-volume area of the mountain and facilitates lunchtime and end-of-day egress from the popular beginner and intermediate terrain pods on the south side of the mountain," said Intrawest’s Tom Marano. "The increased speed and capacity of this new lift will substantially improve the guest experience at Steamboat."

Both the mini-golf course and mountain coaster will run out of the main base area, where the Gondola, Christie Express six-pack and Christie III three-seater all begin. The mountain coaster will be similar to one at Blue Mountain in Ontario, another Intrawest resort, in that speed will be semi-controlled by the riders, and the ride will be open during the winter.

Steamboat Springs officials said they were happy to see the ski and snowboard resort upgrade its summer offerings, citing competition for summer business from Vail and Summit County resorts down the road.

Intrawest owns Steamboat and Winter Park in Colorado, plus Tremblant, Stratton, Snowshoe and Blue Mountain in the East.

Photos: Steamboat will add high-speed chair, upgrade summer summer amenities (Steamboat/Facebook)

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