Ski area lot closed for month of music

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— Just as it was at this time last year, Steamboat Ski Area's Lot 1 is being transformed from a place to park into a place to dance.

On Sunday, a large white tent measuring 14,000 square feet will be erected and no parking will be allowed at the lot for the next month. Lot 1 is the parking lot at the base of the Gondola Building accessed from AprÃs Ski Way. From Sunday through Jan. 4, Lot 1 will be completely closed to all vehicle traffic. After Jan. 4, short-term drop offs also will be restricted in the lot.

All property shuttles should use the Gondola Transportation Center for all drop-offs and pick-ups. Other vehicles should use the public drop off lane at the Transportation Center.

The tent in Lot 1 will house several concerts from Jan. 5 to 19, some of which will be open to Steamboat Springs residents, and others that will be booked exclusively for vacationers who purchased tickets through Texas-based Dickson Productions ski/

concert package.

From Jan. 5 to 9, vacationers who paid $334 will ski during the day and watch music at night.

Concerts begin at 3 p.m. every day during that week but are open only to trip participants.

This is Dickson Productions' 20th year organizing a group ski trip, said owner John Dickson, and it is the eighth year for MusicFest.

As in previous years, two of the artists will play for the public in Gondola Square.

Reckless Kelly and Roger Creager will play at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8.

Anyone interested in attending MusicFest events can purchase wristbands to the events at www.

themusicfest.com, which lets the wearer into all shows, "but once the week starts, there won't be any tickets left," Dickson said.

After Jan. 9, the concert tent flaps will open to the public for Ski Jam with shows by Michael Franti and Spearhead on Jan. 10; the South Austin Jug Band and the Hot Buttered Rum String Band on Jan. 11; Keller Williams on Jan. 13; Collective Soul on Jan. 15; and the Charlie Daniels Band on Jan. 18. Ski Jam also is organized by Dickson Productions in partnership with the Steamboat Ski Area, but is open to Steamboat residents.

Ski Jam packages, which include skiing, lodging and music, are selling for $229 per person, but individual tickets to the show can be purchased

Tickets for individual concerts are available at All That Jazz, Mount Werner Sinclair and Gondola Sport Stalker. Multi-day discounted festival passes are available for $40, good for all shows. Individual concert tickets range between $10 and $20 per show.

-- To reach Autumn Phillips call 871-4210

or e-mail aphillips@steamboatpilot.com

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