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Ikon Pass adds access to 3 New Zealand mountains

November 14, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Ikon Pass announced Wednesday that three resorts in New Zealand have joined its list of mountains around the world. Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt. Hutt bring the total number of Ikon resorts to 38 across four continents. Ikon Pass includes seven total

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Snowmaking crews hard at work as Howelsen Hill prepares for busy December

November 12, 2018 — It’s only been a couple of weeks since crews started making snow at Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs, but ski area supervisor Brad Setter said things are coming along quickly.

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Aaron Kawcak overcomes severe neck injury to start as full-time coach at Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

November 9, 2018 — The junior ability program is offered to kids 14 and under at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. It provides advanced snowboard training for giant slalom, slalom, halfpipe, slope style and snowboard cross with optional competition participation.For Kawcak, the new full-time head coach of the program, it was an opportunity to come home when he needed it most.

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Young artists invited to submit Winter Carnival button designs

November 5, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Kids 18 and younger who are enrolled in a local school are invited to enter the 2019 Winter Carnival button art contest. Young artists should submit their original designs online at WinterCarnivalButtonArt.com. This year's Winter Carnival theme is "Blast of Winter" in

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Ikon Pass adds access to Chile’s Valle Nevado

November 5, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Ikon passholders now have access to Valle Nevado in Chile, bringing the total number of Ikon resorts to 37 across four continents, according to a news release from Alterra Mountain Co. The South American resort will offer seven days for Ikon Pass

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Snowmaking crews get back to work as Steamboat Resort prepares for Opening Day

October 31, 2018 — The steady hum of snowmaking guns filled the air Wednesday morning as Matt Lehfeldt took a moment to talk about the first night of snowmaking operations at Steamboat Resort.

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Vanatta inducted into Snowsports Hall of Fame

October 18, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It was a night that Steamboat Springs native and former top American professional ski racer Lonny Vanatta has been looking forward to for some time.

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Steamboat Resort gets final Forest Service approval for additional lifts, expanded terrain

October 12, 2018 — Steamboat Resort has gotten the final approval from the U.S. Forest Service to proceed with some major improvements, but is still unclear when the ski area’s parent company will fund the projects.

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Happy trails: Tim Fletcher’s fight with ALS leaves Olympic sons inspired

October 5, 2018 — Taylor Fletcher had two years to think about what he wanted to say in his final conversation with his father, and he thought a little more about it last week as he sat atop a mountain high in the eastern Alps at Tromeja, or “the Three Borders,” one of his favorite spots in Europe.

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Teton Gravity Research film ‘Far Out’ to stoke excitement for Steamboat powderhounds

October 4, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The start of ski season is more than six weeks out, and the first snow is yet to arrive, but daydreams of powder days will be a lot closer this weekend thanks to the Steamboat Mountain Film Festival. At the 14th annual event, Teton

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Parents appeal son’s Vail skier death case, saying judges erred in several rulings

September 27, 2018 — EAGLE — Almost everything about the judge and jury’s decisions in a Vail Mountain skier death case is being appealed. Dr. Louise Ingalls and Dr. Steve Conlin, parents of Taft Conlin, say judges in Broomfield and Eagle counties erred in several rulings. Court documents filed

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OpenSnow’s Joel Gratz: Long-range forecasting is like predicting the Super Bowl

September 7, 2018 — EAGLE — How much might it snow this winter? No one really knows for sure, especially not this time of year. Open Snow recently released its long-range forecast for parts of Colorado, but does it really matter? “The thing is with these seasonal forecasts, most

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Steamboat Springs to host Continental Cup with 1st women’s Nordic competition

September 6, 2018 — Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Alexa Brabec’s name.  STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — For the second year in a row, Steamboat Springs will play host to the International Ski Federation Continental Cup. The event is part of a joint bid with

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Alterra to acquire Crystal Mountain in Washington

September 6, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Alterra Mountain Co. announced Thursday that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Mountain Resort in Washington, according to a news release. Crystal Mountain was independently owned by its President and CEO John Kircher, who bought the mountain in 2017 from Boyne

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Prospect of 2nd sheet of ice melting away with increased cost

September 5, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Howelsen Hill Ice Arena might not get a second sheet of ice after the estimated cost of the project rose from $3.2 million in early July to $4.43 million. The Steamboat Springs City Council granted the project a stay of execution at

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Pond skimmer who jumped into crowd at Copper pleads guilty to reckless endangerment

September 4, 2018 — FRISCO — The skier accused of trying to jump the crowd at Copper Mountain’s annual Slopesoakers pond-skimming event April 14 pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge earlier this month. Hayden Patrick Wright, 27, flew off the pond-skim course

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Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club mogul skiers collect top spots in Australia

August 31, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club mogul skiers competed in the Australian National Freestyle Mogul Championships at the end of their three-week camp. The competition featured a lineup of the world's best mogul skiers from the U.S., Canada, Korea, Japan, France and Switzerland

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Ikon Pass adds access to Niseko, Japan

August 30, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — For the third consecutive day, Ikon Pass has announced additional partners, giving pass holders access to resorts in New Mexico, Washington, Michigan, Canada and Japan. Ikon Pass owner Alterra Mountain Co., which also owns Steamboat Resort, announced the following partners this week:

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Winter Sports Club, Steamboat council reach agreement on Howelsen Hill

August 27, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The city of Steamboat Springs and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club have worked out an update to an agreement that details expectations for operations and maintenance on Howelsen Hill. After two years of negotiations, the city and the Winter Sports Club reached

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Steamboat mogul skiers head to Australia for winter training

August 9, 2018 — STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Five mogul skiers from the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will leave for Australia on Friday to kick off snow training. "Mainly, it's our first on-snow training camp of the summer and fall, but there is an opportunity for us to ski

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