More ski lifts to open Friday at Steamboat Ski Area

Ski Corp. also announces changes to First Tracks program

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Trails to open Friday

Moonlight, Lights Out, lower Shadows, Sun­­down Lift Line, lower Three O’Clock, Daybreak, lower High Noon, Rolex, Westside, Broad­­way, Tomahawk, Flintlock, Quick Draw, Spur Run, Huffman’s and Sun­­shine Lift Line.

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— Steamboat Ski Area plans to open the Sundown Express, Elkhead and South Peak chairlifts Friday, providing access to additional terrain as the onset of the Fly Steamboat winter air service program nears.

Ski area officials said the additional lift and trail openings effective Friday will push the skiable acreage to 2,661.

Eleven lifts will serve 144 trails. The trails to open Friday are: Moonlight, Lights Out, lower Shadows, Sun­­down Lift Line, lower Three O’Clock, Daybreak, lower High Noon, Rolex, Westside, Broad­­way, Tomahawk, Flintlock, Quick Draw, Spur Run, Huffman’s and Sun­­shine Lift Line.

The ski area also announced plans to open the Sunshine Ex­­press chairlift Wednesday, the Morn­­ing­­side lift Dec. 18, Bar UE on Dec. 22 and Pony Ex­­press on Dec. 24.

The Fly Steamboat direct flight winter air service at Yampa Valley Regional Airport kicks off Dec. 16 when daily flights from Chicago and Dallas — as well as multiple daily flights from Den­­ver — begin touching down in Hayden. The program really ramps up Dec. 18 with the addition of flights from Atlanta, Min­­neapolis, Houston and Newark, N.J.

Resort officials hope the 122 inches of snow that has fallen on Mount Werner since late October helps sell vacation packages to Steamboat.

The ski area is marketing a ski free package through Dec. 17 for visitors who book at least three nights of lodging through Central Reservations. A Champagne Powder package provides 20 percent off lodging, lift tickets and equipment rentals if booked by Jan. 31.

The ski area’s First Tracks program, which allows skiers and riders to pay extra to access the mountain early on powder days, begins Wednesday. New this year is a $29 unguided option. The traditional guided First Tracks program costs $59 a person in addition to the cost of a lift ticket. Also new this year is that First Tracks will include access to the Sunshine Express and South Peak chairlifts.

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