December 23, 2020
Bluebird, the Backcountry-Only Ski Resort, Opens in Colorado
We covered the development of Bluebird Backcountry back in April, 2019, and now what looks to be Colorado’s first “backcountry” resort, a resort with no lifts, where each turn must be dutifully earned, has officially opened for business. Founded by Erik Lambert and Jeff Woodward, the idea behind Bluebird is a ski area that caters to pretty much everyone, provided they don’t mind trudging up hill. Newbs who want to get into backcountry skiing have a safe place to learn; veterans have predictable terrain with the experience of backcountry skiing, but the convenience of a resort.
No chair lifts mean no lift tickets, of course, drastically reducing the barrier of entry of eye-poppingly expensive day passes at traditional resorts. $50 gets you in, with all the backcountry runs your quads and calves can handle.
When we first wrote about Bluebird, they didn’t yet have a location secured, just the business and the plan. Since, they acquired 1,200 acres at Bear Mountain, along the Continental Divide.
Season passes sold out when they were first made available, but day passes are open for reservations, as are rentals.
“Our hope is to make sure that everyone, no matter their backcountry experience level, feels incredibly welcomed,” says Lambert.
Check out their day passes, here.