Third annual Sponsorship Day kicks off biking season at Steamboat ski resort |

Third annual Sponsorship Day kicks off biking season at Steamboat ski resort

For the first time since the end of the 2014-2015 ski season, outdoor enthusiasts will line up Thursday to ride the gondola for the third annual Sponsorship Day. But this time, they’ll have bikes rather than skis in hand.

The Routt County Riders and Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. host the event as an opportunity for local and visiting bikers to access the lift-serviced, cross-country and downhill bike trails on the mountain from 3 to 7 p.m.

Season passes will not be valid until Friday, but the mountain will be offering specially-priced $15 day tickets. All proceeds from lift tickets and bike rentals will be donated to the Routt County Riders’ trail maintenance projects.

“This is the big event for us (Routt County Riders) during Bike Week,” said Wendy Tucciarone, Routt County Riders administrator. “They money all goes straight to us, which will help us keep the trails in Routt County in good shape.”

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. also recognized the impact of Sponsorship Day on the biking and town community.

“Now in its third year, Sponsorship Day demonstrates the true partnership spirit of Bike Town, USA, and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the summer than with a great cause that benefits the entire community,” said Jim Schneider, vice president of skier services for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.

Organizers anticipate the Rustler’s Ridge, Tenderfoot, Bull Rider, Valley View and Duster trails to open Thursday. The entire list of open trails will be announced closer to June 11.

Steamboat Ski & Resort prides itself on its bike park. The park has nearly 2,200 vertical feet of lift-served, gravity-fed, downhill flow trails designed by the park’s trail crew and industry-leading designers at Gravity Logic. The team built the trails to highlight the natural topography of the mountain as well as the bridges, drops and man-made jumps.

“A couple years ago, our trail crew partnered with Gravity Logic to build the best quality trails possible year after year,” said Loryn Kasten, public relations manager for Steamboat Resort & Corp. “They also worked on reducing the impact on existing trails that are favorites in the community, like Zig Zag.”

The crew will also continue to redesign the Steamboat Pump Track in Ski Time Square.

In addition to the specially-priced lift tickets, the resort will offer 50 percent off rental bikes that day, including full-suspension technology downhill mountain bikes and rental body gear. Unlimited activity passes at the Coca-Cola Adventure Zone will cost $19 instead of the standard $39.

Lifts will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 30 and the weekend of Sept. 4 through 7. The Twilight Bike Park will be open on from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. From Sept. 7 through 27, lifts will be open Friday through Sunday only.

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