Ski area returns to Sunday closing |

Ski area returns to Sunday closing

— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will keep the ski area open through Sunday, April 15.

Ski Corp. announced the decision Thursday. It originally planned to close the ski area Saturday, April 14.

Even though the 2006-07 ski season was scheduled to be six days longer than the 2005-06 season, some season pass holders felt slighted because the Ski Area’s last day was a Saturday instead of the traditional Sunday.

Ski Corp. spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said the previous Saturday closing date was decided based on market research from last spring. Local Ski Corp. executives made the decision to extend the season by a day, she said.

“It was an opportunity that presented itself as something we could do,” Thomsen said, adding it was not in response to complaints from season pass holders. “It’s really a celebration and a big thank you to everyone for a good season.”

Favorable snow conditions and the availability of the rock-style Irish quintet band, the Young Dubliners, factored into the decision to extend the season, Thomsen said.

The lifts will close and the free concert will start at 3 p.m. April 15 in Gondola Square. The free concert series also includes Sister Hazel at 3 p.m. Saturday and Big Head Todd and the Monsters at 6 p.m. March 22.

The last time the ski area extended an already established closing date was in 1993. The season was extended because the Ski Area received more than 400 inches of snow during the season.

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