Steamboat briefs: Final Howelsen Hill Ski Free Day slated for Sunday |

Steamboat briefs: Final Howelsen Hill Ski Free Day slated for Sunday

Howelsen Hill Ski Area will host its final Ski Free Day of the 2016-17 winter season Sunday, March 12. The day also marks the closing day for public skiing at the ski area for the season.

For those planning to ski, snowboard, cross-country ski, ride a fat-tire bike or snowshoe, the entire Howelsen Hill Ski Area, including 13 miles of Nordic trails, is available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will host a free learn-to-jump clinic from 1 to 3 p.m., and Winter Sports Club athletes will soar off the big jumps during a special training session, tentatively set for 10 a.m. to noon, weather permitting.

This is the last chance this season to enjoy Colorado’s historic ski area free. It’s as simple as stopping into the lodge to pick up a free ticket, which is required to access the lifts and Nordic trails. Ski Free is a partnership between the city of Steamboat Springs, Big Country KBCR 96.9 FM and the family of radio stations and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

RMYC to host Moonshine Ski and Dine annual fundraiser

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps will host its 11th annual Moonshine Ski & Dine from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Catamount Lake House, 30065 Waters Edge Trail in Steamboat Springs. The evening will begin with a cross-country ski or snowshoe on Lake Catamount Touring Center trails under the moon’s glow.

Drinks, appetizers, chili and desserts will be served. There will be live music by Andrew “Sage” Henry, a singer and songwriter from Missed the Boat and Sage and Friends. A silent auction will also be held.

Tickets are $60 per person, and all proceeds benefit RMYC youth programs. Visit to purchase tickets.

Howelsen Hill to host Nordic Combined Western Regionals

The Howelsen Hill Nordic Center will host the 2017 Nordic Combined Western Regionals Saturday, with more than 70 of the best Nordic Combined athletes from the Western United States competing.

Several Howelsen Hill Nordic trails will be closed to users to ensure Nordic skier safety and to protect trail conditions. Rodeo Loop, Haakan Spar and Bluffs Loop trails will be closed to all users from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Hobo Park and the Ballfields will remain open; however, there will be no access to higher elevation trails from the front side of Howelsen Hill.

In addition, ski jumping will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Focus on Women introduces Choose When Wednesday

Focus on Women will be introducing its first project, Choose When, at an event at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bud Werner Memorial Library’s Library Hall. Choose When will provide long-acting maintenance free contraceptives — IUDs and hormonal implants — to women in the community who can’t afford it. It will operate in partnership with Northwest Colorado Health, Planned Parenthood and Yampa Valley Medical Center/Yampa Care for Women.

Focus on Women is a new organization that brings the community together to share information about issues affecting women. The vision is that two to three times per year, the group will meet to talk about women’s issues. Focus on Women will act as a forum for ideas and discussion and will become an incubator for local projects that benefit women.

All community members are welcome. Go to for more information.

Hands-on day camp for children offered Thursday

Kim Schulz, of Key to Learning tutoring, and Hannah Gooding, of Gooding Parenting, are offering a day camp from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 16 at 818 Oak St. in downtown Steamboat Springs. The camp is open to kindergarten through fourth-grade students.

The camp session will include engaging, hands-on activities centered around a theme. The children will enjoy outdoor activities, seasonal foods, art exploration and literacy adventures.

The cost is $45 per student. To register, email For more information, call 970-819-9869 for more information.

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