Ski area’s Wednesday opening a sure thing |

Ski area’s Wednesday opening a sure thing

Pacific storm fronts expected this weekend

Skiers and riders can stop fretting. The Steamboat Ski Area will open as scheduled Wednesday for the traditional Scholarship Day.

“We will definitely open on Nov. 24,” ski area spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said Thursday.

What remains to be seen is just how much terrain the ski area will be able to deliver to its customers on the day when all proceeds go to support the competitive youth ski programs of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Cub.

Thomsen said ski area officials will wait until Monday to make the announcement.

The ski area has received 28 inches of snow this autumn, but mild temperatures had eroded the base to 8 inches at mid-mountain as of Thursday. Snow guns were blowing Thursday morning near the Steamboat gondola, but the very bottom of the mountain was brown instead of white.

However, there was good news in the forecast released by the National Weather Service in Grand Junction on Thursday afternoon. Troy Lindquist, a NWS meteorologist, said a series of upper-level disturbances are approaching the coastlines of Washington and Oregon and could bring snowfall here. The strong Pacific front could mean heavy snow for northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, according to the National Weather Service.

The low temperature Saturday night is expected to reach 11 degrees, and Sunday through Tuesday, the overnight lows are expected to reach single digits. Those are ideal snow-making conditions and should allow crews to get the coverage needed to allow skiers and riders to ski down from the gondola next week.

At the same time, the weather service is calling for a 30 percent chance of snow showers Friday night and a 60 percent chance of snow during the day Saturday. There is a chance for snow Sunday, too.

— To reach Tom Ross call 871-4205

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