Resort Targets Addition of More Terrain & Lifts Starting Tomorrow
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-December 9, 2012-Old Man Winter blew through Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® yesterday bringing 8 inches of fresh Champagne Powder® snow and single digit temperatures signaling a snowy change to the weather pattern.
“As this wintry weather pattern shift solidifies, funneling several storms over the coming week to Steamboat, the resort plans to expand terrain and lifts rapidly over that same time period,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “With the fresh snow last night, continued hard work by resort crews and extremely favorable forecasts, the mountain will serve up fantastic skiing and riding as we head toward the holidays.”
In the past 24-hours, Steamboat reported 8 inches of new snow at mid-mountain with a 19-inch mid-mountain base and 22-inch summit base on powder conditions. This morning, temperatures have hovered in the single digits with 7 degrees at mid-mountain and -3.3 degrees at the summit.
Forecasts call for isolated snow showers to continue over the northern mountains today. The next system moves into the area on Monday, followed by a second snow system on Thursday evening into Friday. The region has seen a northwesterly flow set up which is expected to continue with the storms in the pipeline next week.
With the arrival of the new snow, the resort will be phasing new terrain and lifts over the coming week. As early as tomorrow, Burgess Creek lift along with Rudi’s Run, Lightning and Ego are expected to open during the day offering their first turns of the season. In addition, a number of green trails including Boulevard, Giggle Gulch and Right-O-Way accessed from Christie Peak Express will significantly increase beginner terrain. The resort will work towards opening Storm Peak Express later in the week. Some lift operations will vary based on skier volumes and a complete list of mountain trails and lifts is available each morning.
Currently, snowmaking crews are aiming their arsenal of high efficiency, low energy tower guns and air/water guns in the Bashor, 4 Points, Christie Peak and Burgess Creek areas. Over the past week, Steamboat’s snowmaking crews have been working on Buddy’s Run, Tornado, Storm Peak Face and trails in Sunshine Bowl taking advantage of conditions in those areas. With cold temperatures, snowmaking production should continue at a steady early season pace.
Remember there is no backcountry access available at this time from the ski area. As a reminder, State law prohibits an individual from entering a closed area, whether marked by rope or signage. Violation carries fine of up to $1,000 and suspension of pass privileges. Hiking up the mountain into closed areas is also prohibited and dangerous. For information about Steamboat’s new uphill access policy see www.steamboat.com/uphill or stop by the Info Center at the base area.
“Everyone needs to ski and ride with care, within their ability levels, and remember: unmarked obstacles, on-snow vehicles and unexpected conditions may be encountered at any time,” stated John Kohnke, patrol director. “I can’t stress this point enough. Do not violate closures on the ski area. It’s going to be a long anniversary season, so make sure you make smart choices and are here to enjoy all of it.”
Getting to Steamboat this 50th Anniversary Season has never been easier. Steamboat’s nonstop flight program will offer convenient access to Ski Town, U.S.A. via nonstop air service from eight major airports including new weekend nonstop flights from Los Angeles on American, Delta and United Airlines. Contact Steamboat Central Reservations® to explore air travel options or for winter vacation packages and programs including the Holiday Gift and Champagne Powder packages either at www.steamboat.com or 1-800-922-2722.
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