Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Hill Ski Area season passes are on sale Nov. 27 to 30 |

Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Hill Ski Area season passes are on sale Nov. 27 to 30

Season passes to Howelsen Hill Ski Area will be on sale from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 27 to 30 at the Howelsen Hill Concession Stand and during normal operating hours throughout the season. The ski area is scheduled to open with limited terrain Dec. 1.

Preseason prices are $35 for children 6 and younger, $75 for youths ages 7 to 18 and seniors ages 60 and older, $95 for full-time college students with proof of enrollment, $170 for adults ages 19 to 59 and $370 for a family including an adult and spouse and all children younger than 18. Prices will increase Jan. 1.

For more information, call 970-879-8499.

Prescribed slash burn set for Steamboat Ski Area

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. and the U.S. Forest Service will be conducting a prescribed slash burn near the Slope Maintenance facility at Steamboat Ski Area as early as Saturday morning and continuing through the week as conditions allow, according to a news release. The burn will consist of beetle-killed slash materials, primarily nonmerchantable wooden debris and remnants from the summer logging project, according to the release.

Nonprofits sought for Dec. 2 Christmas Tree Auction

The Friends of the Christmas Tree Festival group is looking for nonprofit organizations to participate in the annual Hayden Christmas Tree Auction on Dec. 2 at the Routt County Fairgrounds. Call Lori Laird at 970-846-0782 for more information.

Reservations due Saturday for Thanksgiving food baskets

The Hayden Congregational Church will distribute its annual Thanksgiving food baskets to Hayden families in need Sunday. Baskets need to be reserved no later than Saturday by calling Theresa Stivers at 970-276-2507 or Carlyn Staudt at 970-276-3056. Baskets must be picked up from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the church.

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Operation Christmas Child boxes due at 5 p.m. Saturday

As part of Operation Christmas Child, Concordia Lutheran Church is collecting shoe boxes filled with gifts including school supplies, toys, necessity items and notes of encouragement. Those who would like to participate are asked to fill a shoebox, or pick up at the church a box to fill, and drop it off at the church by 5 p.m. Saturday, 755 Concordia Lane, with a $7 check to cover shipping. Find step-by-step instructions for filling your box at For more information, call 970-879-0175 or Marvin Lindsey at 970-871-4770.

Mainstreet's Gingerbread House Tour begins Dec. 1

As part of the annual Merry Mainstreet Downtown Holiday Celebration on Dec. 8, Mainstreet Steamboat is holding its annual Gingerbread House Tour for professionals and amateur gingerbread house constructors. Houses will be on display in downtown businesses from Dec. 1 through Jan. 1. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 8, the public will be able to vote for their favorite house using ballots available in each display location. The winners will be announced Dec. 10. The winner of each category will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars to be used at any shop and restaurant in downtown Steamboat. To enter, call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800 or email

Weigh and Win available next week in South Routt

Weigh and Win, a free community program that pays you to achieve a healthy weight, is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at the South Routt Medical Center in Oak Creek, Nov. 26 and 27 at Soroco High School and Nov. 28 to 30 at South Routt Elementary School in Yampa. If you have joined Weigh and Win, it may be time for your quarterly check-in. For more information, visit or find LiveWellNWCO on Facebook. Call LiveWell Northwest Colorado Community Coordinator Barb Parnell at 970-819-4110 with questions.

Volunteers sought to serve as Nordic Ambassadors

The Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department is looking for volunteers to serve as Nordic Ambassadors at Howelsen Hill Ski Area. The Ambassadors are needed to educate Nordic trail users about appropriate use of the facility. Volunteers must complete a city application and background check process successfully. Work hours will count toward a 2012-13 Howelsen Hill Nordic pass. For more information, call 970-879-4300.

Local groups reach out to returning service members

The Routt County Veterans Affairs, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4264 and American Legion Post 44 in Steamboat would like to meet and greet local sons and daughters returning from military service. The VFW is looking for female war veterans. The American Legion also is looking for new members. For more information, call VFW Post Commander Tony Weiss at 970-846-5035, Jim Stanko at 970-879-3936 or Routt County veterans service officer Michael T. Condie at 970-879-5489.

Horizons provides free screenings for children

Horizons Specialized Services provides free screenings for children. If you're a parent and are concerned about your child's development, call Kathy Northcutt at 970-871-8558. The screenings can answer questions such as "Should he be walking by now?" "How many words should she be saying?" and "Is her hearing and vision what it should be?"

¿Tiene usted preguntas como estas con respecto al desarrollo de su nina/o? ¿Deberia estar caminando a esta edad? ¿Cuantas palabras deberia mi nino/a estar diciendo? ¿Es su vision y audicion normal? Podemos contestar sus preguntas con un chequeo gratuito. Llame a Natosha al 970-756-5014.