3.75 Feet of Snow Has Fallen Since November With Additional Snow Forecast Throughout Coming Week

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-November 20, 2015-Steamboat will usher in its 53rd winter season tomorrow with a special early opening weekend with the Christie Peak Express chairlift, 7 trails and 21.5 acres including more than 1,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding for all ability levels.

“Ready or not, winter is here, and it’s time to ski and ride,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “It’s exciting to be opening early and get a jump on the season due to the hard work by so many resort employees from different departments across the mountain.”

For Steamboat’s special early opening weekend, season passes and frequency products will be valid and lift tickets will run $49 on Saturday and Sunday.  Christie Peak Express will operate from 8:30am to 4:00pm and Buckaroo and Desperado carpets from 10:00am to noon. In addition to Sitz, Jess’ Cut-Off, Sitz Back, Stampede, Vogue, Buckaroo and Desperado trails, the resort will have 6 features in two different pocket parks, one near the top of Voodoo (left side between Sitz and Vogue) and one at the bottom of Lil’ Rodeo (far right of Stampede) for the weekend. Beginner terrain will only be available from the Christie Peak mid-station down to the base.

The SnowSports School will offer a two-hour group lessons from 10am to noon and privates on demand. Rental/Retail will operate five locations: Steamboat Ski & Sport in the Sheraton (8-5pm), Grand Storage (8-5pm) and Steamboat Gifts (9-11am/3-7pm). Steamboat’s newest store, Burgess Creek Clothing Company, makes its debut from 10am to 6pm as the base area’s only store focusing on mountain fashions. The new store features casual and active apparel from True Grit, Dylan, Ryan Michael, Woolrich, Lole and Carve Designs among other great brands.

The ticket office is open daily and parking will be available in the Gondola Square Parking Structure (paid-$10), Knoll Lot (free) and Meadows Lot (free with shuttle service) this weekend. The Information Center and Lost & Found will be open from 8am to 4pm this weekend out of the Info Center.  For those what work up an appetite and thirst on the mountain, the Bear River, which will feature a modified menu, and Umbrella Bar will both dish up specialty items from 11am to 5pm. For those that need a little more, the Cabin features its full menu from 7:30am to 9pm as well as happy hour specials from 3-6pm.

With 45 inches of natural snowfall at its mid-mountain location in November, sustained cold temperatures, aggressive snowmaking efforts and additional snow in the forecast, the Steamboat Ski Resort will move quickly to open the Gondola and possibly portions of the upper mountain for Scholarship Day, Wednesday, November 25. The resort will announce terrain and lifts next week prior to Scholarship Day.

“Everyone needs to ski and ride with care, within their ability levels, and remember, unmarked obstacles and other natural terrain features along with heavy machinery, snowmaking equipment and snowcats including the winch cat with its long cable 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.”

The resort’s annual opening tradition, Scholarship Day, benefiting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club scholarship programs, is set for Wednesday, November 25 with specially-priced $30 tickets or a $20 Christie Peak Express lower mountain. As in previous years, season passes and frequency products will not be valid on Scholarship Day. With the new QuickTrax ticket technology, Scholarship Day tickets may be purchased and loaded in advance on season passes, frequency cards and daily QuickTrax cards starting tomorrow.

-Happy Trails®