Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s annual Scholarship Day raised a record $35,640 from lift ticket sales on opening day Friday for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Scholarship Fund, said Chris Diamond, ski corp. president.
"For more than a decade, Scholarship Day has played an integral part in the ski area's commitment to the Winter Sports Club, especially those children in the Yampa Valley that have the desire to ski and ride but don't have the financial wherewithal," Diamond said.
For the past 89 years, the Winter Sports Club has been providing opportunities for young athletes to become successful individuals and to achieve their personal goals through participation in winter sports. The club is one of the largest and oldest winter sports clubs in the country and was recognized as the USSA Club of the Year in 1999. It is one of the main reasons Steamboat enjoys the nickname Ski Town USA.
"One of the main goals of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and the Steamboat Ski Area is to ensure that every child who has the desire to participate on-snow is given that opportunity," said Rick DeVos, Winter Sports Club executive director. "The money raised from Scholarship Day will go a long way in helping as many families in Routt County as possible."
The Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund provides financial support for deserving local children participating in club programs. The scholarship program dates back to the early 1990s and has raised on average of $25,000 a year over the past 11 years.
"The club could not operate without the continued support of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.," DeVos said.
The ski area is also a sponsor of the SSWSC Ski Ball, which raised $50,000 at its annual event at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel Nov. 17.
"We can't thank the local community enough for their continued support of Scholarship Day," Diamond said.
"During the past 11 years, we have been able to raise more than $275,000 specifically for this fund."