Steamboat Ski Area will offer top-to-bottom skiing on Scholarship Day |

Steamboat Ski Area will offer top-to-bottom skiing on Scholarship Day

Scott Franz
Snowmaker Travis Scott and fellow employees move snow off the Magic Carpet at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area in 2015.
John F. Russell

— A series of recent snowstorms and more than 40 million gallons worth of snowmaking will allow skiers and riders to enjoy top-to-bottom skiing on Mount Werner Wednesday for Scholarship Day.

The Steamboat Ski Area plans to open 31 trails on 168 acres Wednesday.

And for those so inclined, the first Bloody Marys of the season will also be served at Four Points Lodge.

The Scholarship Day forecast calls for partly sunny skies and a high of 41 degrees.

The ski area will open Christie Peak Express, the Gondola, Storm Peak Express, Burgess Creek and Four Points chairlifts beginning Wednesday.

Runs to be opened include Buddy’s, Upper Rainbow, Heavenly Daze, Rudi’s Run, Lighting and portions of Tornado, Twister, Nelson’s Run, Hurricane White Out and BC Lift Line.

The Christie Peak Express Lift will serve several beginner runs.

Ski area officials said snowmaking crews have produced more than twice the traditional amount of snow for this time of year and recently surpassed the 40 million gallon mark due to ideal conditions.

Snowmaking crews are now concentrating their efforts on Storm Peak and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s new Alpine training venue.

Scholarship Day serves as a fundraiser for SSWSC.

Season passes cannot be used until Thursday.

Skiers and riders who want early access to the terrain Scholarship Day can purchase a $30 lift ticket or pay $20 to access just the lower mountain.

Scholarship Day at the ski area has raised nearly $930,000 for the Sports Club since the 1991-92 ski season.

“Early season mountain conditions exist, and everyone needs to ski and ride with care within their ability levels,” Steamboat Ski Patrol director John Kohnke said in a news release. “Remember, unmarked obstacles and other natural terrain, along with heavy machinery, snowmaking equipment and snowcats — including the winch cat with its long cable features — may be encountered at any time. Skiers and riders need to respect all closures and safety signage and are reminded that there is no backcountry access available at this time from the Ski Area. It’s a long season, and we want you to enjoy every day, so do not enter closed trails.”

The ski area is currently reporting an 18-inch base at mid mountain and a 24-inch base at the summit.

The portion of the mountain to be opened Wednesday is significantly smaller than the 655 acres that opened at the same time last year.

The start of the 2014-2015 season marked the second-largest area of terrain the ski area opened within the past five years.

But as long as the stubborn ice layer that showed up last Scholarship Day doesn’t return, skiers will probably not remember there weren’t as many acres to ski on.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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