Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. officials have announced that the company will sell the chairs from the Burgess Creek double chairlift to generate funds that will benefit the resort's recently established Ski Corp. Environmental Fund.
"The Burgess Creek lift served the public admirably for 35 years and has a lot of nostalgic value built up throughout the community," said Doug Allen, senior director of mountain operations for Ski Corp. "Now, to turn around and do something for the environment after the lift is completely gone is a fitting legacy, especially with all the emotions the BC lift instilled with everyone who rode it."
Through the partnership with the Yampa Valley Community Foundation, the resort will make available 100 chairs from the BC lift. Each chair will be offered to the public for a minimum donation of $100 to the Ski Corp. Environmental Fund via the Yampa Valley Community Foundation. The donation is tax-exemptm and each chair comes with a certificate of authenticity from the resort.
"Through this program, we're looking to raise at least $10,000 to go along with the $65,000 that is currently in the Ski Corp. Environmental Fund," said Lyn Halliday, environmental and guest service director for the resort. "The resort expects to have a significant impact for a wide range of individuals for years to come on projects that better the environment of Routt County."
People interested in obtaining a chair must call the Steamboat Ski Area Switchboard at 879-6111 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
Chairs are sold as-is and are limited to one per person on a first-come basis. People will not be able to request a specific chair (for example chair No. 87), but will be assigned the next chair off the stack.
The Ski Corp. Environmental Fund allows nonprofit organizations to request grants of $500 to $2,500 for new projects, programs or facilities to enhance the environment in Routt County. The fund is intended to be an endowed fund with no more than 5 percent of the fund balance used for grants in any given year.
The Burgess Creek double chairlift was removed to make way for a new $1.3 million Leitner-Poma of America, fixed-grip triple chairlift. Ski Corp. will use alternative energy, purchasing wind-generated electricity, to power the new lift. This will be the first new lift since the Pony Express Quad was installed for the 1998-99 season and the first Leitner-Poma lift at the resort.
Along with the Ski. Corp. Environmental Fund, the Yampa Valley Community Foundation manages more than 100 funds including scholarships, legacy and agency endowments.