A view of pine tree and snow covered Bear mountain looking north

Bluebird Gets the Bear: Backcountry Ski Area Extends to New Peak

Bluebird Backcountry made a major improvement to its previous 400-acre ski area.

Today, Bluebird Backcountry announced that it will expand its terrain to Bear Mountain near Kremmling, Colorado. The backcountry, no-chairlift ski area has also extended its lease, in hopes of continuing its operations at Bear Mountain long-term.

Located 40 minutes from both Steamboat Springs and Kremmling, Bear Mountain is “close enough to be convenient, but far enough to feel light years away from the I-70 corridor,” Bluebird Backcountry co-founder Erik Lambert said. Bluebird Backcountry celebrated its first season last year.

“Now with a longer-term lease in hand, [Bluebird] expects to make investments to the property that will improve both access and skiing,” Bluebird reported in a press release.

Ski Bear Mountain at Bluebird

Bear Mountain straddles the Continental Divide and has a summit of 9,845 feet. It offers views of Flat Tops Wilderness and Rabbit Ears Peak. And while it’s a new location with new terrain, it’s just 6 miles from Bluebird’s 2020 location at Whiteley Peak.

a image of bear mountain with Bluebird's map legend showing the different bowls and terrain

The ski area will boast 1,200 acres of beginner, intermediate, and expert terrain inbounds, with another 3,000 acres accessible via guide. That’s three times the size of the current ski area. Bluebird also recently expanded its rental equipment fleet, backcountry lessons, and AIARE avalanche courses and clinic opportunities.

A limited number of ski passes for Bluebird Backcountry’s next season go on sale in April 2021.

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Mary Murphy

Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.