The bidding period for commercial outfitters on Emerald Mountain is open.
After a lengthy public process through the Steamboat Springs Parks and Recreation Department, Steamboat Springs has completed its Commercial Use Policy for Emerald Mountain.
The policy aims to balance commercial uses while minimizing harm to the environment and community. The city has defined three categories of commercial use for Emerald Mountain – Events, Programs and Lessons, Clinics, and Tours.
Providers wishing to host tours, lessons or clinics must apply through the Request for Qualification process on an annual basis. The open tender was published on Monday April 11 and will remain open until May 2.
The City’s Special Events Permit Process will manage and issue permits for event and program classifications.
The number of outfitters is limited depending on the season.
From May 1 to October 31, opportunities will be limited to two running, walking and hiking outfitters and two biking outfitters.
From November 1 to April 31, opportunities will be limited to two snowshoe outfitters, two fat bike outfitters and two off-trail ski/snowboard outfitters. During this period, outfitters will not be permitted to operate within the boundaries of the Howelson Alpine/Nordic ski area.
Applicants will be required to submit a business plan with details of the outfitter’s experience and requested use, as well as offering plans for trail etiquette education, safety, and transportation. Applicants will also be required to pay associated fees.
To submit an offer for tours, lessons or clinics, applicants can apply at BidNetDirect.com/colorado/CityOfSteamboatSprings.