Steamboat Springs Reaping the benefits of about six inches of new snow Thursday, Steamboat Ski Area officials announced Morningside Park will open today.
Ski area spokesman Mike Lane said the addition of Morningside brings the mountain's skiable terrain to 103 trails and 1,983 acres. The ski area is no longer planning to open Pioneer Ridge - accessed by the Pony Express lift - this weekend, as was previously announced. Spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said the opening of Morningside Park does not include access to expert terrain accessed by the Morningside lift. The Chutes and trails including East Face and North St. Pat's will remain closed to skiers and snowboarders, Thomsen said.
The storm that moved into the Steamboat Springs area Wednesday night was expected to drop three to five inches of additional snow from Thursday night through this morning, National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Chamberlain said. Thursday evening, the Weather Service forecast a 90 percent chance of snow today and a 50 percent change tonight, with total new accumulation of less than six inches by Saturday morning.
Snow systems Thursday were moving ahead of a cold front that is expected to bring lows tonight down to the single digits, with a wind chill of 10 below zero. Low temperatures will continue into Saturday, with a forecast high of 16 and a low of 1 below zero.
Snowfall also is possible Sunday, with a 30 percent chance of showers. Skies are expected to clear by Christmas Day on Tuesday, with highs in the upper 20s and lows in the single digits.
Melinda Dudley contributed to this report.