As it turns out, the base area is as fun as everyone says it is!

Last Friday, I journeyed over with my mother to witness the base area’s opening day, and I was more than pleasantly surprised by what I found.

The base area is a family paradise!

The first thing that drew my eye were the colorful WaterWalkerz — or, as I call them, human hamster balls.

As I recall from my childhood, these babies were just starting to gain popularity, and I had always wondered what it would be like to roll around in them. Human hamster balls, who would have thought?

The kids pictured in them during this moment were clearly having the time of their lives but in doing so had fallen over. Very soon you will see me rolling around in them just like that.

I will be attending to all of these amusements soon — probably during the Family Fun Happy Hour, which is from 4-7 p.m. Fridays through July 14. During the happy hour, passes are half-off single-use tickets ($8.50 regular and $6 for six and younger) or unlimited passes ($19.50 regular and $14.50 for six and younger). As I will be going to college in the fall, I am quickly learning to take advantage of every deal that presents itself. This deal is one of the best offered for the base area, so I would make sure to use it!

The next thing I noticed was the cornhole. I love cornhole. It is my go-to summer backyard game. So I took a picture testing the base area’s cornhole, and I was not disappointed. This was only the second time I played this summer, so please ignore my bad form.

The base area had options for both kids and adults. While kids are about to go on the Slingshot bungee trampoline, adults could go play a game of cornhole, get a milkshake from Gondola Joe’s or play a game of ladder toss. You have so many options for things to do, whether it be a happy game or a romp in the bounce house.

The last picture I am posting today is of the ropes course. This is new to the base area, and kids were having the time of their lives on it. I’ve been on ropes courses like this before, but never where I have been surrounded by mountains and trees, like on this one. Those kids must feel like mountain climbers.

I only had 30 minutes to explore the base area, and I completely regret that. It was tons of fun and a total adventure, and I will most definitely be coming back to fully experience everything.

Go to the base area to experience amusement in a beautiful area. You could partake in the fun and games or even just sit by the river to relax. But the base area in Steamboat is something that you won’t want to miss.


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.