Steamboat Ski Area aiming to stay open
Ski area officials say Springalicious events still are planned
April 3, 2012
Closing weekend activities
April 14: Cardboard Classic at 10 a.m.
April 15: Splashdown Pond Skim at 1 p.m.
April 15: Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert featuring Toots and The Maytals at 2:30 p.m. and JJ Grey & Mofro at 4 p.m.
Steamboat Springs — The fight continues to close out the season as planned at Steamboat Ski Area.
With the base melting a little more each day and Closing Day still 11 days away, the ski area is working with the city of Steamboat Springs to truck in snow for closing weekend activities, ski area spokesman Mike Lane said.
"At this time, there are no plans to close after this weekend," Lane said.
The Cardboard Classic is at 10 a.m. April 14 and the Splashdown Pond Skim is at 1 p.m. April 15.
"We're still looking at having them on the closing weekend," Lane said.
Both events typically take place at the base of the ski area, where the snow is dwindling and trails mostly have been closed. The snow for the events could come from a storage site at the rodeo arena downtown, Lane said.
Snow conditions should not affect the two free concerts scheduled April 15 in Gondola Square. Toots and The Maytals will perform at 2:30 p.m. and JJ Grey & Mofro will go on at 4 p.m.
About one-third of the terrain was open Tuesday at the ski area, a day after lower-mountain trails were closed. Guests are using the gondola to download off the mountain.
"The open terrain on the upper mountain is holding up with the colder temperatures at night," Lane said. "Resort crews continue to work these north-facing areas to provide the best spring experience with the conditions presented each day. Guests have been out today having a fun time and enjoying the mountain."
For much of March, Steamboat saw temperatures that were well above average. This past weekend, local weather observer Art Judson recorded record-high temperatures. It was 75 degrees Saturday, which is five degrees higher than the March 31 record of 70 degrees. On Sunday, Judson measured a high of 72 degrees, well above the April 1 record of 63 degrees.
The official weather observer in Steamboat did not submit temperature measurements for those days, so the records are unofficial.
High temperatures this week are expected to be in the 50s and 60s, but overnight temperatures are expected to be below freezing. The low Friday night is expected to be 19 degrees, which theoretically could allow for snowmaking.
Ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said that the ski area has experimented with making snow during March in the past but that the end product was not what officials desired. She said that the spring corn snow did not combine well with the fine man-made snow and that it created an inconsistent snow surface.
With less terrain open at the ski area, single-day adult lift tickets have been reduced to $79 per day.
Lane confirmed that the Springalicious pass still is being sold. The pass is $99 and is good for four days of skiing or riding from April 7 to 15. The pass can be bought through http://www.steamboat.com and must be purchased 24 hours before the first day it will be used.
To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com
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