Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. raised $46,905 for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club during Scholarship Day.
It was the fourth best Scholarship Day during the past 16 years in terms of money raised.
"Scholarship Day is the perfect opportunity to ring in the Steamboat season by making turns to support a very worthwhile organization, and we thank the community for their continued support of this day and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club," said Chris Diamond, president of Ski Corp.
Scholarship Day is traditionally held on opening day at the Steamboat Ski Area. Skiers and riders must purchase $15 lift tickets instead of using their season passes. The money raised from the day's lift ticket sales goes to the Winter Sports Club's Scholarship Fund.
The Scholarship Fund provides financial support for local children participating in the club's programs.
"The money raised from Scholarship Day is a tremendous gift from the resort and the community, and it goes a long way in helping many families in Routt County participate in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club," said Andy Wirth, president of the Winter Sports Club Board of Directors and vice president of sales and marketing for Ski Corp. "It's our goal to make sure that every child in Steamboat who wants to ski or ride has the opportunity to do so."
Ski Corp.'s Scholarship Day program has raised $526,000 for the Winter Sports Club since 1991.
Scholarship Day isn't the only opportunity Ski Corp. takes to contribute to the Winter Sports Club. The resort donates roughly $350,000 annually through lift tickets, season passes, on-snow training and race crew resources. The ski area also hosts numerous races throughout the winter, said Rick DeVos, executive director of the Winter Sports Club.
"We're thankful that the Steam-
boat Ski Area contributes so much to the Yampa Valley community and especially the children of this valley through the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club," DeVos said. "The club could not operate with-
out the support of the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp."
The Winter Sports Club, which annually serves more than 500 area children and adults, sent 20 athletes to the 2006 Winter Olympics. The club offers programs in Alpine, Nordic and freestyle skiing and Alpine and freestyle snowboarding.
Those who missed Scholarship Day and wish to contribute to the Winter Sports Club can do so through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.