Ski Free Sunday

Ski Free Sundays Ski Free Sunday Overview

Sunday Funday is taken to an entirely new level as Howelsen Hill hosts Free Skiing every Sunday throughout the winter season. Now your family can enjoy the slopes for absolutely FREE at North America’s Oldest Operating Ski Area and Steamboat’s original ski area.

Steamboat Springs City Council approved free skiing on Sundays six years ago and ushered in Colorado’s most affordable Sunday lift ticket as a way to celebrate the community’s Olympian spirit and honor the tradition of this historic ski area. Skiing since 1915, Howelsen Hill has produced nearly 100 winter Olympians and has helped generations of Steamboat residents enjoy the sport.

During the season, it’s as easy as simply stopping into the lodge to pick up your free ticket, which is required to access the lifts and the Nordic trails (cross-country, fat bike and snowshoe) on these special ski free days. Over the winter, specific Sundays could see limited or closed terrain due to special events or competitions. In addition, select Sundays will also see Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club training on a portion of the Face.

For more information, call 970.879.8499 during regular business hours - NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Kids with skis on shoulder at Lodge

2021/2022 Ski Free Sunday Schedule - 10 AM to 4 PM

Type Notes
December 5 Ski Free Sunday Early Season Conditions  - No Chairlift
December 12 Ski Free Sunday Early Season Conditions - No Chairlift
December 19 Ski Free Sunday Early Season Conditions - No Chairlift
December 26 Ski Free Sunday  
January 2 Ski Free Sunday  
January 9 Ski Free Sunday   
January 16 Ski Free Sunday  
January 23 Ski Free Sunday  New Lift Community Celebration
January 30 Ski Free Sunday  
February 6 Ski Free Sunday  
February 13 Ski Free Sunday  
February 20 Ski Free Sunday  
February 27 Ski Free Sunday  
March 6 Ski Free Sunday  
March 13 Ski Free Sunday  
March 20 Ski Free Sunday  
March 27  Ski Free Sunday  
April 3 Ski Free Sunday & Closing Weekend  

Closing Day Celebration

North America’s Oldest Operating Ski Area, Howelsen Hill, will be wrapping up its longest ski and snowboard season in history with a special Ski Free Sunday and End-of-Season Celebration set for Sunday, April 3, 2022.

  • 10 AM to 4 PM | Ski Free Sunday
    • FREE Skiing
    • FREE Honey Stinger Waffles + Ski With Buzz
    • The Outrun Snack Bar - All Day Happy Hour, Food + Drink Specials, Outdoor BBQ
    • Photo Contest - Share your closing day photos on social media and tag @HowelsenHill or use the hashtag #howelsenhill for a chance to win a Howelsen Hill merchandise package. 
  • 10 AM to 12 PM | Ski with Council
    • FREE Coffee/Donut Holes
    • FREE 2021-2022 Howelsen Hill Commemorative Stickers by Ohana
  • 12 PM to 1 PM | The Wave Skills/Trick Competition (Conditions Permitting)
    • Show off your best tricks on the frozen snow wave (quarter pipe) for a chance to win prizes! 
  • 12 PM to 3 PM | Morningside String Band
    • Live music all afternoon on the patio behind Howelsen Hill Lodge

Howelsen Hill Closing Day Media Release

Ski Free Sunday Sponsorship

For the fifth season, Howelsen Hill Ski Area will offer snow lovers the unique opportunity to ski for FREE every Sunday throughout the 2021/2022 season. 

We are excited to announce a new opportunity for businesses and organizations to get involved and support Ski Free Sundays and historic Howelsen Hill. Not only will your sponsorship help maintain Ski Free Sundays, it will also help support the continued operation of Howelsen Hill for generations to come. 

Contact Emily Hines at by email to be a part of the community's best Sunday gathering!


To stay up-to-date on changing conditions, call 970.879.8499 or the Nordic Hotline at 970.871.7084.