Sunshine Bowl, Morningside set to open at Steamboat Ski Area |

Sunshine Bowl, Morningside set to open at Steamboat Ski Area

Skiers and snowboarders who shook off their turkey hangovers early Friday morning were treated to a powder day at the Steamboat Ski Area with four inches of fluff at mid-moumtain. By mid-morning skiers leaving the slopes said the trail were still soft under blue skies.
Tom Ross

— Steamboat Ski Resort will be opening Sunshine Bowl and Morningside Park after a foot of fresh snow has fallen on the mountain over the past five days.

“With the snow this past weekend and continued hard work by resort crews, the mountain is in fantastic shape to serve up great skiing and riding as well as all the holiday trimmings that our guests are accustomed to,” Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President and COO Rob Perlman said in a news release.  

Sunshine Bowl opens Tuesday but Sundial will remain closed due to snowmaking. As a result, there will be no beginner access from the top of Sunshine. 

The Morningside chairlift will open Wednesday morning. Depending on storms forecast this week, Pioneer Ridge could open for hike-to access as early as the weekend.

Steamboat’s First Tracks, the early access program in the Priest Creek and Sunshine areas, will begin on Wednesday, Dec. 16 hosting First Tracks passholders and ticket participants as well as a limited number of season passholders as part of Passholder Appreciation Week.

The free First Tracks passholders option must be reserved in advance. Reservations can be made by calling 970-879-0740 or by coming by the ticket office, prior to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

With the opening of Sunshine Bowl and Morningside park, there is now 1,545 acres across 100 trails open, offering 3,668 vertical feet, serviced by 13 lifts. The season’s snowfall total so far is 81.25 inches at mid-mountain.

Steamboat remains under a winter weather advisory until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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