Saturday, December 19, 2009
Steamboat Springs The opening of Sunshine and South Peak lifts today will bring Steamboat Ski Area’s open terrain to 12 of 18 lifts and just more than 40 percent of the ski area.
Several new trails also were opened Thursday, including One O’Clock, High Noon, Westside and Broadway. With today’s lift openings also will come the Sunshine Lift Line, Buckshot, Chisolm Trail, Flintlock, Spike and others.
Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said slope workers will be adding a mini-pipe in Lil’ Rodeo and that snowmakers are working on Tomahawk and terrain parks.
Lane said snow crews also are finishing work on Storm Peak Face and fashioning a superpipe in Mavericks terrain park.
Overall, 74 trails are scheduled to be open today, with 1,225 acres. That includes nearly all of the green runs, 55 percent of the blue runs, 23 percent of the blue/black runs and 19 percent of the resort’s black runs.
Lane said that with holiday flights starting to arrive, there should be an increase in the number of skiers this weekend to coincide with the new terrain.
According to the National Weather Service’s Grand Junction office, the weekend’s weather will remain partly sunny today and Sunday with a 20 percent chance of snow Monday and Tuesday.
The weather service also has put western Colorado in a hazardous weather outlook, with heavy snow possible during the storm.