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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-October 26, 2009-With cold temperatures moving into the area, and another round of forecasted storms on the horizon, Steamboat’s snowmaking crews jumped into action Sunday night firing up the snowmaking system in anticipation of Opening Day, November 25th.


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“This year’s been fantastic so far, as we have already seen a number of major storms move through the valley, leaving the mountain absolutely blanketed with snow. The snowmaking kicking in just adds that much more excitement, and of course snow, to the valley and a mountain already dressed in white!” says Andy Wirth, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “This is such a great time of year, as the anticipation for another winter season is building and the snowmaking guns running full tilt just amplifies the excitement. We’re hoping for back-to-back-to-back winters of over 400 plus of Champagne Powder™ snow.”

A storm system brought cold temperatures and 4 inches of snowfall to Steamboat over the weekend and the resort’s state-of-the-art system went into operation Sunday night, October 25th, around 8:30pm. Crews made snow throughout the night and continued operations till about 11am this morning, concentrating on the lower mountain trails of Sitz, Vogue, Short Cut and Stampede. Snowmaking operations will continue as conditions permit over the next month.

The forecast is calling for snow to move into the area beginning late Tuesday evening, with 3-5 inches of accumulation possible over night. Continued snowfall is expected on Wednesday, when the bulk of the storm moves into the Yampa Valley, with another 4-8 inches of snow predicted. The natural snowfall, cold temperatures and moisture in the air create the perfection combination for snowmaking crews to assist Mother Nature in getting the resort ready for Opening Day.

Steamboat’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system was expanded and upgraded this summer with the addition of new hydrants and 11 new low-energy, high-efficiency HKD tower guns to the resort’s arsenal. The new guns use 30 percent less energy than conventional guns, while producing the same amount of snow and are strategically placed across the base area. The resort’s snowmaking system covers nearly 400 acres of top-to-bottom terrain (3, 668 vertical feet) and includes a network of over 300 available hydrants, 4 pump houses, 121 high-efficiency guns and a state-of-the-art digital operating system.

The resort is scheduled to open Wednesday, November 25, 2009 with Scholarship Day, the traditional opening day benefit, with proceeds from specially-priced tickets donated to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Scholarship Fund. The fund provides financial support for deserving local children participating in Club programs.

During the early season, skiers and snowboarders can hit Steamboat’s trails for FREE with the Steamboat Ski Free lodging package. Book three nights of lodging through Steamboat Central Reservations® for travel November 26- December 18th and lift tickets are free. Call 800-922-2722 for more information or visit www.steamboat.com to book your Ski Free vacation.

To stay up to date on Steamboat’s snow conditions and Opening Day visit www.steamboat.com, to view the Mountain Cam, photo-of-the-day, movie archives and register to receive the Straight Talk Mountain Report.

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