Fortnight Collective and Steamboat Ski Resort Tap into More Cowboy Poetry for Year Two of “The Steamboat Way” Campaign


By The Denver Egotist / /

Fortnight Collective is adding a new round of creative to “The Steamboat Way,” its campaign for Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The ads use cowboy poetry to evoke the parallels between winter sports and the rugged Wild West to capture Steamboat’s unique pioneering culture. The second-year creative coincides with “Full Steam Ahead,” Steamboat’s three-year, $220 million investment project that built out exciting new amenities and expanded expert terrain.

Cowboy poetry is a literary style rooted in ranching culture that dates back to the 1800s, and the campaign uses it to blend Western hospitality with the thrills, freedom and adventure of riding the slopes. Once again, Fortnight collaborated with cowboy poet Randy Rieman on verses that serve as the ads’ scripts. As they are recited, the screen switches between scenes of horses in open fields and resort activities to show that traits such as individualism, camaraderie, and the desire to brave new territory associated with the cowboy lifestyle align perfectly with the values of those who are passionate about winter sports.

The objective is to increase visits by reclaiming Steamboat’s top-of-mind brand awareness and build upon the resort’s legacy as a go-to destination for skiers, snowboarders and vacationers. The ads include “New Territory,” “Family Inheritance,” “Hospitality” and “The Colt.” 


The work will run nationally on video, social, and digital through April 16, 2024. Channels include CTV, YouTube, cinema (ski movie premieres), social (Facebook, Instagram, TikTok), and programmatic. There are seven spots in total, with :15s and :30s of three ads plus an additional :30 for promotional work. Fortnight won the Steamboat account in 2022 and is the resort’s agency of record.

“Full Steam Ahead,” the three-year investment project, makes Steamboat the second-largest resort in Colorado, with the longest and fastest 10-person gondola, an innovative learning space, and a modern, beautiful base area. 


Randy Rieman, Cowboy Poet

Lexie Vining

Noah Elliot 

Vicente Katz

Fortnight Collective, CO :

Andy Nathan, CEO & Founder 

Adam Chasnow, Collective Creative Director

Dave Steinke, Collective Creative Director, Art 

Jeff Schuller, Collective Creative Director, Copy 

Tucker Kavanagh, Senior Brand Manager 

Jessica Welander, Senior Brand Director

Steamboat Ski & Resort Company, CO :

Katie Brown, VP of Marketing

Morgan Bast, Director of Marketing

Heidi Barbee, Brand Manager

Josh Froman, Brand Manager

Hungryman Productions, LA (Production)

  • Richard Bullock, Director 
  • Caleb Dewart, Executive Producer 
  • Christopher Hoggard, Head of Production
  • Jack Beardsley, Producer
  • Joseph Aquirre, DP
  • Sam Hall, 1st AC 
  • Dave Schaff, Sound Mixer
  • Bryce Sullivan, Production Assistant 

Reel Motion Media, CO (Digital Production)

  • Jesse Levine, Director

Now Corporation, NYC (Editorial) 

  • Jess Reisner, Editor 
  • Carrie Fleming, Editorial Producer 

JSM Music, NYC (Music) 

  • Chief Creative Officer/Co-Composer: Joel Simon
  • Executive Producer: Jeff Fiorello
  • Senior Producer: Norm Felker
  • Senior Producer: Andrew Manning
  • Producer: Sharon Cha
  • Co-Composer: Nathan Kil

Trafik LA, (Color) 

  • Colorist: Mark Gethin
  • Colorist Assist: Nate Seymour
  • Color Producer: Angela Zappella

Soundspace, CO (Mix) 

 Matt Polis, Sound Designer



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