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A sunny, warm farewell

Temperatures to exceed 60 degrees on closing day at ski area

Local telemark skier Doug Demusz makes his way down Headwall ski run near the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Friday. Sunday, the last day of the season at the ski area, is traditionally a festive occasion in Steamboat. This year, closing day festivities feature a free concert by the Young Dubliners.
Brian Ray

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Steamboat Springs Transit begins its spring service schedule Sunday. Service areas and route schedules for all city buses can be viewed on the Web at: http://www.steamboatspri.... For information via telephone call the Transit Operations Center at 879-3717.

If you go

What: Free concert by the Irish-American rock band Young Dubliners

When: Sunday at 3 p.m.

Where: Base of Steamboat Ski Area

— Skiers and snowboarders likely will want sunscreen and light clothing during the final weekend of the season at the Steamboat Ski Area.

The Grand Junction office of the National Weather Service is forecasting clear skies and temperatures higher than 60 degrees this weekend in Steamboat Springs. While the NWS is predicting a chance of snow in Steamboat on Monday night, that precipitation could turn to rain later in the week, continuing a spring season of unseasonably warm weather, premature melting and early run-off into the Yampa River.

The ski area’s final weekend once again features free skiing for regional school employees and students. Elementary, middle and high school students, faculty and employees from Steamboat Springs, Hayden, South Routt, Craig, Meeker, Rangely, Walden and Maybell can ski for free today and Sunday with proof of enrollment or employment.

The ski area closes Sunday with an end-of-season party featuring a free 3 p.m. concert Sunday with the Young Dubliners, a Colorado band known for its energetic style of Irish-American rock music.

All lifts will shut down for the season at 3 p.m. Sunday.

This weekend also marks a seasonal switch for Steamboat Springs Transit, which begins its spring schedule Sunday. Because of construction at the base of Steamboat Ski Area, city buses will not service Ski Time Square this spring.

Transit director George Krawzoff said the closest bus service to Ski Time Square this spring will be at the Gondola Transit Center or Burgess Creek Road stops. Construction of a new roundabout on Ski Time Square Drive, near Steamboat Trading Co. and The Tugboat Grill & Pub, will prevent bus access. The spring bus schedule is a scaled-down version of the winter schedule and features service at half-hour intervals to most stops in daytime hours and hourly service in the evenings beginning at 7:10 p.m.

Bus service begins at 6:30 a.m. every day and ends at 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Krawzoff said because of a mix-up regarding the last day of skiing at Steamboat Ski Area, crowds at the ski area Sunday may have to wait longer for buses operating on the spring schedule.

“We were told that the last day at the ski area was Saturday,” Krawzoff said.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced last month that the ski area’s final day of the season would be Sunday rather than Saturday. But by the time of the announcement, Krawzoff said, several seasonal bus drivers who came to Steamboat from foreign countries had already made travel plans to return home.

Krawzoff said extra buses will run Sunday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., on an unscheduled, circular loop from the ski area to condominiums and bus stops normally serviced by the Green and Orange lines.

The transit staff will do its best to accommodate passengers trying to reach downtown Sunday.

“Certainly, if they see crowds building for downtown, we’ll run an extra bus downtown to get people where they need to go,” Krawzoff said.

Transit’s spring schedule will also bring a change to the Hilltop route, which will run from 7:38 a.m. to 6:05 p.m. and provide expanded service to Central Park Plaza, Wildhorse Plaza and Yampa Valley Medical Center.

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