Ski area opens Burgess Creek |

Ski area opens Burgess Creek

The Steamboat Ski Area opened additional terrain Saturday.
Matt Stensland

— Snowmakers have been hard at work allowing Steamboat Ski Area to open additional terrain Saturday. Now open is the Burgess Creek lift offering access to 16 additional trails.

Natural snow also made it possible to open the trails as the ski area ramps up for a busy holiday season.

“Our team has gone from zero to 60 in just two weeks and continues to crank out snow and build on the base Mother Nature has given us,” Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President and COO Rob Perlman said in a news release. “With more storms in the future and the continued hard work of our crews, we’ll look forward to opening more terrain as soon as possible.”

The ski area now has 130 acres open with 22 trails. In addition to Burgess Creek, the Gondola and Christy Peak Express lifts are open.

At the beginning of the week, the ski area received 18 inches of natural snow at mid-mountain. It snowed a total of 39 inches in November.

The ski area is now allowing people to skin up the mountain from the base area to Thunderhead Lodge. Uphill access higher up and on closed trails is not allowed.

Weather forecasters are closely watching the jet stream as another storm approaches.

“What appeared to be a very promising storm a few days ago now looks to deliver more cold than snow early next week after a flat ridge moves over the Steamboat Springs area on Sunday and briefly warms temperatures,” Steamboat meteorologist Mike Weissbluth said.

He expects light snow showers to start Monday morning.

Very cold air will move into the area Tuesday and there are chances of snow Tuesday and Wednesday.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is expecting the temperature to dip to two degrees Monday night and negative one degrees Tuesday night.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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