Ski area returns to Sunday closing

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— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. will keep the ski area open through Sunday, April 15.

Ski Corp. announced the decision Thursday. It originally planned to close the ski area Saturday, April 14.

Even though the 2006-07 ski season was scheduled to be six days longer than the 2005-06 season, some season pass holders felt slighted because the Ski Area's last day was a Saturday instead of the traditional Sunday.

Ski Corp. spokeswoman Heidi Thomsen said the previous Saturday closing date was decided based on market research from last spring. Local Ski Corp. executives made the decision to extend the season by a day, she said.

"It was an opportunity that presented itself as something we could do," Thomsen said, adding it was not in response to complaints from season pass holders. "It's really a celebration and a big thank you to everyone for a good season."

Favorable snow conditions and the availability of the rock-style Irish quintet band, the Young Dubliners, factored into the decision to extend the season, Thomsen said.

The lifts will close and the free concert will start at 3 p.m. April 15 in Gondola Square. The free concert series also includes Sister Hazel at 3 p.m. Saturday and Big Head Todd and the Monsters at 6 p.m. March 22.

The last time the ski area extended an already established closing date was in 1993. The season was extended because the Ski Area received more than 400 inches of snow during the season.

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boatski 7 years, 1 month ago

"It was an opportunity that presented itself as something we could do," Thomsen said, adding it was not in response to complaints from season pass holders.

Yeah, right

"It's really a celebration and a big thank you to everyone for a good season."

Nice try

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beentheredonethat 7 years, 1 month ago

I hope that Intrawest, the new owners, will see to it that communications be honest. The spin the current mouthpieces put on things are flat out lies, not just in this instance.

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id04sp 7 years, 1 month ago

The "opportunity" is because with new ownership, the clock starts on unemployment benefits again. No conflict with seasonal versus "unemployed" now!

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ElBorracho 7 years, 1 month ago

Glad to hear it, but puh-lease. Their spin on the decision is making me dizzy.

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WZ 7 years, 1 month ago

This doesn't change my desire for a group piss outside the gondi building at 11:00 am and a hike up to the top! F*#K them! Who's with me?!

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mtroach 7 years, 1 month ago

Just can't win with this group. I say thanks Interwest, I'll take the extra day.

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Matthew Stoddard 7 years, 1 month ago

Wonder why the decision comes out on the heels of a 55-60 degree warm streak, though. I can see that spin:

"Since the weather is warming up, we'll add one more day to the ski season, just as the snow is melting."

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JustSomeJoe 7 years, 1 month ago

whine if it closes on Saturday, whine if it closes on Sunday. Mtroach - I think most of the posters are here just to see/hear themselves complain.

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bcpow 7 years, 1 month ago

There won't be any snow on lower mountain by then any ways so who cares when the resort closes?

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xxo 7 years, 1 month ago

The lies will continue until there is a wholesale change in the upperlevels of mangement. Lies breed more lies.

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