A wintry week in Ski Town, U.S.A.® brought natural snowfall and cold snowmaking temperatures providing ample resources for the resort to open the Burgess Creek lift and 16 new trails beginning Saturday, Dec. 3.

“The storm this week was just what we ordered: fresh snow and cold temperatures,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “Our team has gone from zero to 60 in just two weeks and continues to crank out snow and build on the base Mother Nature has given us. With more storms in the future and the continued hard work of our crews, we’ll look forward to opening more terrain as soon as possible.”

Skiers and riders will be greeted with 130 acres of early-season conditions starting tomorrow, including 22 trails and three lifts: the gondola, Christie Peak Express and Burgess Creek with more than 2,000 vertical feet of skiing and riding. Newly opened trails on Saturday include Arc, Boulevard, Flat Out, upper Giggle Gulch, Right-O-Way, So What, upper Why Not, lower Yoo Hoo, Blizzard, Ego, Lightening, Rudi’s Run, Tower, Norther, Burgess Creek Lift Line and White Out. Terrain park features are available at the top of See Me, and crews will continue work on Lil’ Rodeo in the base area for additional features.

A storm blanketed the area beginning earlier in the week, covering the slopes in 18 inches of fresh snow at mid-mountain and bringing temperatures in the teens, allowing snowmaking crews to maximize equipment and build a base on a variety of new trails. November closed out with 39 inches (more than 3 feet) of snow, and three inches has accumulated in the first two days of December. Forecasts are calling for continued cold temperatures, especially during the night, with another snow-producing storm possible early next week. Based on the forecast storm, the resort is anticipating opening Four Points lift, with access to more trails, and Four Points Lodge early next week. Additional trails and lifts will come online as conditions permit.

Uphill (skinning) access is now available on open terrain from the base area to Thunderhead Lodge. Uphill access remains closed beyond Thunderhead Lodge and on trails currently closed. Please respect this closure to maintain conditions and allow mountain crews to open new trails and provide additional uphill Forest Service access.

Trail and lift access may change throughout the day. Visit Steamboat.com for the most up-to-date mountain conditions, trail reports, lift access and snow information, plus great deals and packages to escape to Steamboat this winter.