Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Ski Area opens 4 new lifts, 27 trails |

Steamboat briefs: Steamboat Ski Area opens 4 new lifts, 27 trails

Steamboat Ski Resort opened a large portion of skiing and riding terrain in the Sunshine Peak area Wednesday, and continued snowfall forecast for the week will allow crews to open more trails as conditions allow.

Sundown, Sunshine, South Peak and the new high-speed quad Elkhead Express lifts are now open and will offer access to 27 new trails, including Broadway, Spur Run, Sundial, Buckshot, Baby Powder, Cub, Day Break, Fawn, Flintlock, Huffman’s, Sunshine Lift Line, Tomahawk, Sunnyside, Rolex, Westside and more.

First Tracks and night skiing will begin for the season Thursday. The new trails and lifts bring the resort to more than 50 percent open, with 11 lifts providing access to more than 1,500 acres on top to bottom skiing and riding. Lil’ Rodeo terrain park, including Mini Mavs quarter pipe, are open.

“It’s been a great December for snow and snowmaking,” Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. President and COO Rob Perlman said in a news release. “The 43 inches we received this month so far have been a big boost toward opening more terrain. We’re especially excited for our guests to experience the faster ride on Elkhead Express.”

The new Elkhead Express detachable quad lift replaces the old Elkhead fixed-grip chairlift in the Priest Creek area and will reduce the ride time of Elkhead by more than half — now expected to be less than three minutes. The resort will celebrate the opening of Elkhead Wednesday with a special first chair at 9 a.m., featuring Billy Kidd and resort employees instrumental in getting Elkhead Express online.

Uphill access is available on all open terrain on the mountain. Those skinning up the mountain are asked not to access closed trails to allow crews to continue working on opening more terrain. Guests are reminded All Out trail is always closed to the public.

Yampa Valley Fly Fishers to hold Christmas party

Yampa Valley Fly Fishers will hold its next meeting and annual Christmas party at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rex’s American Grill. The party will feature a fly tree raffle showcasing flies donated by members. Last year’s tree was adorned with more than 200 flies.

Everyone attending the December meeting is encouraged to bring three to five flies to decorate the tree. Five flies will get people entered into the raffle for the tree; additional raffle tickets are $5 each.

The meeting will also feature fly-tying demonstrations and a slide show of photographs submitted by members. Anyone wishing to contribute photos for the slide show can email them to Scott Warner at

The meeting is free and open to the public. Pizza and appetizers will be provided.

South Routt Medical Center to host open house

South Routt Medical Center, 300 E. Main St. in Oak Creek, will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The event is being held as a “thank you” for the support the center has received during the past year. Tours of the clinic will be offered, and those who attend will have the opportunity to meet the staff. There will be door prizes, beverages and appetizers.

Audubon Christmas Bird Count takes place Saturday

Volunteers will flock to the Steamboat Pilot, 1901 Curve Plaza, at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 to participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Groups will then travel to several nearby defined count zones to look for birds.

Each zone will have an experienced birder as leader, and anyone interested in learning more about winter birds in the Steamboat area is invited to participate in this free and fun event.

People can also participate in the county by being a feeder watcher. To obtain guidelines for reporting birds seen at your bird feeder Saturday, contact count organizers at

Yampatika is organizing a group on skis that will count birds at Steamboat Ski Area. To join the skiing group, contact Yampatika at 970-871-9151 (ski pass not included).

Organized by the Yampa Valley Birding Club and Yampatika, Steamboat Springs’ 10th Christmas Bird Count will be one of about 50 similar counts in Colorado. All are part of the 117th Audubon Citizen Science project, which will incorporate about 2,300 counts with more than 70,000 participants in the Americas and Pacific Islands.

Data collected by observers through the past century allow researchers, conservation biologists and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. When combined with other surveys, it provides a picture of how the continent’s bird populations have changed in time and space during the past hundred years.

Library to offer winter reading program for youth

Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs is offering a new winter reading program for kids, tweens and teens. Starting Sunday, readers in kindergarten to 12th grades can log their reading online at

For every book a child reads and logs from Sunday to Feb. 12, they will earn a virtual winter badge and one entry into a winter reading grand prize drawing, which will happen Monday, Feb. 13. Four winners in four age categories will be chosen.

If a reader already participated in the online summer reading program, he or she already has an account to sign into Beanstack. Contact the library’s Kids’ Desk for a login refresher.

Food for Fines program to be offered through Library

During the month of December, kids can “pay-off” their library fines while helping local families in need by participating in the Bud Werner Memorial Library’s annual Food for Fines program. For every can or box of food kids bring to the Kids’ Desk, the library will waive $2 of their overdue fines. All food will be donated to the local LiftUp food bank. This program is for kids and student, 17 and younger, for accounts listed under the child’s name during December only. The program cannot be used for replacement fees. Visit

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