This year’s annual Scholarship Day tradition hit a milestone after the resort’s Opening Day on November 23 raised more than $20,000, pushing the total contributions to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund over $1 million.

“As in years past, the Steamboat community came out big to support athletes with financial need, and we are proud to have surpassed the $1 million mark for donations to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club in just 26 years,” commented Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “The resort’s ability to open as scheduled helped bring out great crowds for our opening day tradition and kick off the season on the right note.”

The resort begins each season with Scholarship Day, the traditional opening day benefit where all proceeds from specially priced daily tickets support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund. This year, $20,590 was raised from $20 tickets providing access to Christie Peak Express lift and five trails, resulting in a 26-year total tally of $1,010,000. Funds from Scholarship Day provide important financial support to children participating in club activities from early stage programs to world-class competitors.

“On Scholarship Day, every dollar matters, and cresting over the $1 million mark in such a short period of time puts an exclamation point on the commitment that Steamboat Ski Resort and our community have to our local athletes with financial need,” added Jim Boyne, executive director of SSWSC. “Fueling the hopes and dreams of local kids, including Olympic dreams, the success of Scholarship Day is a prime example of why Steamboat is known for producing the best athletes in the world. Steamboat Ski Resort continues to be an integral partner for the Club and our kids’ success, both on and off the slopes.”

For more than a century, the SSWSC has been providing opportunities for young athletes to become successful individuals and to achieve their personal goals in athletics and in life through participation in sports. The SSWSC is unique within the United States as it offers training in all of the Nordic disciplines as well as Alpine, freestyle, freeskiing, snowboarding (Alpine and parks & pipes) and Telemark. Certified as a “Gold” Podium Club by the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA), the SSWSC is one of the oldest and most recognized ski clubs and has been named Club of the Year by the USSA three times in the past decade.

The club’s heritage is a major reason Steamboat enjoys the moniker Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.®  No other town in North America has produced more winter Olympians than Steamboat Springs, a record 88 and counting. In fact, Steamboat sent more athletes (14) to the 2014 Games than many small countries. Steamboat’s Winter Olympians have represented 12 countries/territories and made over 151 Olympic appearances during 19 Winter Games.

For those who missed Scholarship Day, contributions to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund can be made year-round through the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation at www.sswsc.org/support/donate-now by designating the contribution to SSWSC Scholarship Fund.