Snaking its way up Howelsen Hill, the Howler Alpine slide is a premier spot for fun and summer jobs for Steamboat’s future Olympians.

Current and former Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club athletes know all about the Howler, since its proceeds help fund the club and since they frequently work there, moving sleds and helping run the lift.

I know this because I work at the Alpine slide, as have my brother and sister. I’m no longer a Winter Sports Club athlete, but I work there because of its fun atmosphere and because I get to enjoy the sunshine all day!

Located next to the sand volleyball courts at Howelsen Hill, guests visit the yurt for tickets before walking to the ski lift. For me, the best part of the trip is the lift ride up the mountain, during which you get an incredible view of Steamboat.

At the top, grab your sled and wait for an employee to tell you the tracks are clear. On Sunday afternoons and Mondays, that person is usually me. Of course, the other workers are just as fun, so it will be a great ride down.

While going down the track, you are completely in control of your own speed. I can’t endorse racing, but it is a lot of fun to ride alongside friends or family. And no, one track isn’t faster than the other, but I guess you could use that as an excuse if you are slower than the person next to you.

But I am not endorsing racing at all.

In fact, I’m often the slowest employee on the mountain because I slow down to enjoy the view. Each day I go up to work, I’m reminded how beautiful Steamboat is and that I am so lucky to live here.

Believe me, you will be awed when you see the sights at the top of the slide.

The Howler is a staple of Steamboat. So if you find yourself downtown with an itch for adrenaline, stop by.

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Things to look forward to:

Opening Day: Today is the base area’s opening day. There will be trampolines, a bounce house, mini-golf, a tubing hill, a ropes course, tons of excitement and much more. I will be enjoying the festivities myself, so expect next week’s post to be about that.

Farmer’s Market: One of my favorite events in Steamboat, the market goes from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Seventh and Yampa streets every Saturday this summer. I also work there, at the Northern Lights Jewelry stand. I would write about my favorite stands, but there are too many, so you will just have to see it for yourself.

Fourth of July: My favorite day in Steamboat (tied with Christmas Eve) because there is just so much to do. I would recommend the ski jumping at Howelsen Hill after the parade. It is honestly so cool. Also, don’t miss the parade, river tubing, Routt Beer Floats (at the Tread of Pioneers Museum) and much more. In my opinion, the best place to watch the fireworks is right on the Howelsen Hill baseball fields. But fair warning: Parking will be difficult.

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Hope you have fun!


Libby Lukens has lived in Steamboat Springs for 13 years and has loved every moment of it. She enjoys hiking, ice hockey, theater and exploring Steamboat’s beautiful community. She is determined to savor every moment she has in the mountains before heading to George Washington University in the fall to study political science.