Steamboat Ski Resort opener raises $29,825 for Winter Sports Club |

Steamboat Ski Resort opener raises $29,825 for Winter Sports Club

Stephanie Juno (left) and Annika Juno make their way up the Christie Peak Express lift during Scholarship Day benefitting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
John F. Russell

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Ski Resort’s annual Scholarship Day on Nov. 22 raised nearly $30,000 for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund. 

“Championing the next generation of skiers and snowboarders in Steamboat Springs is such an important part of passing along our passion for the outdoors,” Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer of Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said in a news release. “We are thrilled we were able to open on our scheduled date and provide an opportunity for fellow skiers and riders to come out and support local youth programs.” 

The resort begins each season with Scholarship Day, the traditional opening day benefit where all proceeds from specially priced daily tickets support the local Winter Sports Club. This year, $29,825 was raised from $25 tickets.

Skiers and riders had access to Christie Peak Express lift and five trails.

In 27 years of hosting Scholarship Day, Steamboat Ski Resort has donated nearly $1.04 million to the fund, which provides scholarships to children participating in club activities from introductory skiing to world-class competition.

Jim Boyne, executive director of the Winter Sports Club, noted that the ski area’s support has remained consistent through changes in ownership.

“This day brings our entire community together to support local athletes and has helped thousands of kids with financial need to pursue their dreams,” Boyne said. “Scholarship Day is uniquely Steamboat, and Steamboat Ski Resort is a stalwart partner in helping our athletes dream big, which has been a key to their success on the Olympic stage and in their lives.”

The Winter Sports Club offers training in all of the Nordic disciplines as well as Alpine, freestyle, freeskiing, snowboarding (Alpine and parks and pipes) and telemark. The club has been named “Club of the Year” by U.S. Ski & Snowboard four times, most recently in 2017.

For those who missed Scholarship Day, contributions to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund can be made year-round through the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundation at by designating the contribution to SSWSC Scholarship Fund.

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