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Our view: Proud to be part of Ski Town USA

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Winter Sports Club kicks off second century in dramatic fashion

Our view

Generous donors have helped to ensure the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will thrive for many years to come

History will record that in the second year of its second century, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, with the help of some remarkably generous families and the devotion of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., took one of the most significant steps of its storied existence. 

The Winter Sports Club announced this week that construction was underway on an elite-level Alpine ski racing venue on the See Ya ski trail at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area. The news that the club has raised nearly $2.35 million in a little more than a year’s time to support the SSWSC-Stevens Family Alpine Venue took our breath away.

Mary and Mark Stevens, very appropriately, will see their family’s name on the new Alpine training course after contributing $500,000 to the effort. 

For us, some of the most generous contributions to the project are affirmations of the appeal our lifestyle and community values have for people from distant cities who want to be a part of it. And we approve of the club’s resolve to involve all of its membership in making contributions, no matter how

modest, to the new facility.

In February 2014, as we celebrated the Winter Sports Club’s 100th anniversary along with residents, part-time residents and loyal vacationers, we observed that it was one of the cornerstones of the community which has helped to define our culture. We noted at the time that the club’s programs had helped shape the lives of more than 22,000 athletes in those first 100 years.

And we’ve always agreed with club leaders that, more than fostering new generations of U.S. Ski Team and Olympic athletes, the club’s greatest contribution to Steamboat Springs is enabling us to raise young adults who know what it is to set and strive for goals, compete honorably and value humility.

The SSWSC has always made it financially possible for youngsters from all socio-economic backgrounds to take part. Those are among the reasons the club is a prized community institution.

We celebrate Steamboat’s Olympic tradition along with the club, and we’re excited at the prospect of a new Alpine, snowboard and Telemark ski racing facility that will afford SSWSC athletes the foundation for reaching their grandest dreams. With training courses whose terrain and snow conditions approximate what they will encounter at the highest levels of Alpine racing, they will be able to take their skiing careers as far as their talents allow. 

SSWSC, we hope, will always offer diverse competitive snow sports programs. Nordic, freestyle and snowboard programs have generated bigger headlines than the Alpine program in the past two Winter Olympic Games. However, we see this noteworthy investment in Alpine as aligning with some of the greatest successes the U.S. Ski Team has achieved in the last World Championships and Winter Olympics.

We’re eager to see what the future brings at the SSWSC-Stevens Family Alpine Venue.

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