STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-November 25, 2014-With more than 4 feet of Champagne Powder® snow this month, Steamboat opens for the 2014/15 season tomorrow with the most terrain in the past five years including 655 acres (22% of the mountain), 52 trails and 5 lifts, including much of the upper mountain tree terrain. A specially-priced $30 lift ticket and a $20 lower mountain lift ticket option will be offered on Opening Day, Nov. 26, also known as Scholarship Day.
“Steamboat is looking forward to a historic start and fantastic early snow conditions will greet skiers and riders this Thanksgiving holiday weekend,” said Chris Diamond, 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 this holiday weekend.”
Steamboat anticipates opening Christie Peak Express, Gondola, Storm Peak Express, Burgess Creek and Four Points chairlifts on Scholarship Day. A significant portion of the upper mountain from upper Buddy’s Run to High Noon will open Wednesday. This terrain features much of the resort’s legendary tree areas, including the upper portions of Shadows, Closets and Twilight as well as One, Two & Three O’Clock trails down to Duster. In addition, a significant number of trails off Four Points and Burgess Creek will also be available. For those looking to get their jib on, rails and features will be available in Lil’ Rodeo terrain park. 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 on Wednesday. Trails and lifts are subject to change without notice as conditions change.
The resort expects to move quickly in accessing additional terrain for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and will be working to bring Big Meadow, Flying Z, lower Buddy’s Run, Tornado Lane, BC Ski Way, Why Not and Preview Lift into the count by Friday or Saturday. Snowmaking crews have produced more than double the traditional amount of snow for this time of year, recently surpassing the 50 million gallon mark due to ideal conditions. Lower Buddy’s Run, Cyclone, Typhoon and Tornado Lane will remain CLOSED for ongoing snowmaking efforts.
A series of storms blanketed the mountain with more than 52 inches/4.3 feet of powder this month including two feet of snow in past 72-hours at Thunderhead, the resort’s mid-mountain location at 9,080 feet. Steamboat is currently reporting a 30-inch base at mid-mountain; 36-inch base at the summit on powder conditions.
The resort kicks off every season with Scholarship Day, the traditional opening day benefit for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Scholarship Fund. Since Wednesday is Scholarship Day with all proceeds going to the SSWSC, season passes including the Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus as well as other frequency passes and lift tickets are valid starting Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27. Due to loyal support from skiers and riders, Scholarship Day has raised nearly $850,000 since 1991/92.