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Steamboat Base Redevelopment

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Dramatically improving the guest experience through redevelopment

Steamboat Springs has been a popular destination for winter sports and summer visitors for decades. Hosting more than a million visitors annually, redevelopment is needed to remain a competitive mountain resort. Design Workshop was brought in to lead the visioning of what this transformation could be, and then to design the vibrant plaza, reconfigured transit center, and new arrival and circulation.

The redeveloped base area will dramatically improve the guest experience by creating an exciting place that guests and locals will share with their friends and love to participate in its activities, dining, shopping and overall atmosphere. The new easy route from arriving and going to and from the mountain will be loved for its convenience – this will be a primary portal to the Plaza, with clear wayfinding and skier services along the way to the escalator, providing stunning views of the mountain along with interaction with Steamboat heritage. The Plaza will be the heart of the base area where everyone wants to spend time with activities for all ages, day and night, any time of the year. With the ice rink as a main attraction, the Plaza will host a variety of inviting outdoor gathering spaces with firepits, pop-up vendors and opportunities for all ages to remain entertained with an experience to remember.

Services Provided: Visioning, Concept Development, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation & Observation, Signage & Wayfinding, Environmental Graphic Design


Alterra Mountain Company, East West Partners, Steamboat Resort


Gensler, Landmark Engineering Group, Saunders Construction