5 Lifts, 31 Trails & Nearly 170 Acres On Specially-Priced $30 Scholarship Day Ticket & $20 Lower Mountain Option

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-November 25, 2014-With nearly 4 feet of Champagne Powder® snow this month, Steamboat’s opening season tradition, Scholarship Day, kicks off with top-to-bottom skiing and riding including 168 acres, 31 trails and 5 lifts as the resort moves to daily operations. A specially-priced $30 Scholarship Day lift ticket and a $20 lower mountain option will be offered on Wednesday, November 25.

“With Steamboat’s early opening this past weekend and now top-to-bottom skiing and riding for Scholarship Day, Steamboat is off to a fantastic start,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer. “Mountain crews have done a tremendous job taking advantage of the weather pattern, abundant snow and cold temperatures, and guests won’t go hungry for terrain or great early season snow on Scholarship Day and the holiday weekend.”

Steamboat will open Christie Peak Express, Steamboat Gondola, Storm Peak Express, Burgess Creek and Four Points chairlifts starting on Scholarship Day. A large portion of the mountain will open including 31 trails and 168 acres. Popular trails like Buddy’s Run, Upper Rainbow, Heavenly Daze, Rudi’s Run, Lightning as well as portions of Tornado, Twister, Nelson’s Run, Hurricane, White Out and BC Lift Line will see their first turns of the season. Six features in two different pocket parks, one near the top of Voo Doo and one at the bottom of Lil’ Rodeo will be open again on #884Wednesday.

Off the Christie Peak Express lift, additional beginner terrain will span Boulevard, Upper Giggle Gulch, Lower Yoo Hoo and Right-O-Way.  Please note, Upper Why Not and So What beginner trails will be available only from the top of the Gondola to the bottom of Burgess Creek lift until BC Ski Way and/or Lower Why Not open. Snowshoe participants will have two trails, Round About and Chisholm, to explore on Wednesday. Lifts and trails are subject to change without notice.

Snowmaking crews have produced more than double the traditional amount of snow for this time of year, recently surpassing the 40 million gallon mark due to ideal conditions. Snowmaking crews will focus their attention on Storm Peak, which remains closed, along with Preview, See Me, NASTAR and new Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Steven’s Alpine Training Venue.

A series of storms blanketed the mountain with 46 inches/3.8 feet of powder this month at Thunderhead, the resort’s mid-mountain location at 9,080 feet. Steamboat is currently reporting an 18-inch base at mid-mountain and a 24-inch base at the summit on packed powder/machine made conditions.

“Early season mountain conditions exist and everyone needs to ski and ride with care, within their ability levels. Remember, unmarked obstacles and other natural terrain along with heavy machinery, snowmaking equipment and snowcats-including the winch cat with its long cable-features may be encountered at any time,” said John Kohnke, patrol director. “Skiers and riders need to respect all closures and safety signage and are reminded that there is no backcountry access available at this time from the ski area. It’s a long season, and we want you to enjoy every day, so DO NOT enter closed trails.”

With upper mountain terrain set to open, the popular Four Points Lodge and Thunderhead facility will open their doors Wednesday. In addition, the newly remodeled and expanded base area bistro, Gondola Joe’s, will offer limited service including coffee and pastries. The Bear River Bar & Grill, the Umbrella Bar and Steamboat Base Club will fuel guests on Scholarship Day and the holiday weekend. The Cabin features a special Thanksgiving holiday meal with all the trimmings on Thursday.

The resort kicks off every season with Scholarship Day, the traditional opening benefit for the Winter Sports Club’s Scholarship Fund. Due to loyal support from skiers and riders, Scholarship Day has raised nearly $930,000 since 1991/92. Season passes and frequency products are not valid on Scholarship Day to maximize donations to the Club but will be valid starting November 26. With new QuickTrax technology, Scholarship Day tickets may be purchased and loaded in advance on season passes, frequency cards and daily cards.

-Happy Trails®