Meet the Beast Serving Tacos Slopeside

For the first time, you’ll actually want to meet a beast on the slopes.

In the spring, Steamboat Ski Area announced the Taco Beast, a roaming snowcat that will bring street tacos and Mexican sodas to the slopes. The snowcat premiered this summer at the ski area’s base camp but it remained docked in the same location.

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But not for much longer.

Once the conditions are right, the giant snowcat will roam around the mountain, finding four to five regular locations to post up, Steamboat spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said. It’ll stay at each spot for a couple of days, keeping people updated on its location through Instagram (@steamboatdining) and online at

There will be four kinds of tacos: beef barbacoa, elk chorizo, pollo asado and tres hermanas (summer squash, pinto beans, corn). All tacos cost $4.50. Esquites, or Mexican street corn off the cob, costs $4.50. Sodas cost $3. And if you were wondering, Taco Beast takes cards.

Unfortunately, Kasten said Taco Beast likely won’t be on the slopes for the mountain’s Opening Day coming Nov. 21. She said the snowcat’s large size means its debut is dependent on trail conditions.

If you can’t wait for ski season, the Taco Beast’s website says its open at the mountain’s base Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.