Steamboat briefs: Clue No. 5 available for area 2016 Yule Log Hunt |

Steamboat briefs: Clue No. 5 available for area 2016 Yule Log Hunt

The second clue for the 2016 Yule Log Hunt has been released.

Clue No. 5

Step on into the family’s hut.

Way back when, few runs were cut.

Buy your ticket or grab a slice.

Get your gear, don’t think twice.

For a list of all the clues to date, visit

The 37th annual hunt, sponsored by the Tread of Pioneers Museum and the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, starts at the site of last year’s hiding place — the “Welcome to Steamboat Springs” sign on U.S. Highway 40 in front of the Mountain Fire Station.

Each weekday’s clues will be printed in the Steamboat Today and posted online at as well as being posted on the museum’s website and Facebook page. A new clue will be released each weekday for up to 10 days, unless the log is found sooner.

Unless the log is found sooner, the 10th and final clue will be released Dec. 16.

When the log is found, the lucky winner should immediately call the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 970-879-2214 and ask for Candice or Katie.

Lodging barometer predicts 6.8K visitors over weekend

About 6,800 visitors are expected to be in town Saturday, Dec. 10, according to the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s lodging barometer released Dec. 7.

The figure represents 43 percent capacity at area lodging properties, with downtown occupancy at 34 percent. On the mountain, hotels are forecast at 45 percent capacity, and condos are expected to be 42 percent full.

Lodging is expected to decrease to 3,500 visitors by Wednesday.

The Chamber’s lodging barometer is based on survey data from local lodging properties. Its primary function is to help businesses determine staffing levels during the winter and summer tourism seasons. Actual lodging occupancy levels tend to increase from the forecast levels as a result of last-minute bookings.

Steamboat Ski Area opens top-to-bottom

As the snow continues to pile up, Steamboat Ski Area 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, 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 is 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

Ski fitness series begins at Lake Catamount

Lake Catamount Touring Center will host a Women’s XC Ski Fitness Series beginning Jan 6. The clinics are for women who want to improve their cross-country ski technique, gain fitness and have fun.  

Session one will be held Jan. 6, 13 and 20, and session two will be offered = Jan. 27 and Feb. 3 and 10. The skate ski group will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. followed by the classic ski group from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The cost is $100 for a three-week session or $40 per week. Rental equipment is available. Call Lake Catamount at 970-871-6667 to sign up or for more information.

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