Ski area to open 29 new trails
As the snow continues to pile up, Steamboat Ski Resort plans to open Storm Peak Express lift and 29 new trails Friday, Dec. 9.
“This latest storm provided the weather boost we needed to open more terrain and offer top-to-bottom skiing and riding,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., in a news release “We want to make it clear that new trails opening are in early season condition, and hazards, such as rocks, sticks and stumps, exist and may or may not be marked. Please be cautious and remember that it’s only December, not mid-February conditions.”
When Storm Peak starts spinning Friday, skiers and riders will have access to Buddy’s Run, Flying Z, Flying Z Gulch, Bug’s Run, Triangle 3, Storm Peak North & South, Sideburn, Closets, Duster, Dawn, Calf Roper, Meadow Lane, Cyclone, Typhon, Tornado, Tornado Lane, High Line, Traverse, Skeeter’s Run and Storm Peak Catwalk.
Also opening are the upper portions of Shadow, Sundown Lift Line, Kuss’ Cruise, Twilight, High Noon, One O’Clock, Two O’Clock and Three O’Clock; the exit from these trails is the 1.5 mile-long catwalk Duster back to Vagabond saddle. The newly opened trails will bring the resort’s total terrain to 758 acres (25 percent of the mountain), 64 trails, 3,600 vertical feet and five lifts, including the gondola, Christie Peak Express, Four Points and Burgess Creek. The terrain opening is ahead of a storm system that is expected to bring moisture-laden snow to the resort over the weekend.
Based on conditions after the weekend storm, the resort anticipates opening the Sunshine Bowl area early next week with additional trails and more lifts, including the new high-speed quad Elkhead Express. Once the Sunshine Bowl area opens, First Tracks will begin shortly after.
Night skiing and riding will begin Thursday, Dec. 15 and operate Thursday through Monday throughout the season, with additional evenings during holiday periods.
As conditions permit, the resort will continue to open new lifts and trails, including terrain park features. Find updates on new openings, current terrain, trail conditions and more on the resort’s mobile app; social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and online at steamboat.com.
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