Steamboat Springs Deep snow and the most opening day terrain in the past decade led to a record-setting Scholarship Day for Steamboat Ski Area and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
The 20th annual Scholarship Day, which serves as a fundraiser for the Winter Sports Club, was Nov. 24. Season passes aren’t valid on Scholarship Day, meaning all skiers and riders had to buy a $30 all-mountain lift ticket or a $20 lower-mountain lift ticket. With five lifts serving 71 trails and more than 1,000 acres of skiable terrain, there was plenty of motivation for locals to hit the slopes for the first day of the season. And they did.
This year’s Scholarship Day raised $76,665 for the Winter Sports Club, ski area officials said Monday. By comparison, last year’s Scholarship Day netted $32,500. Twelve trails were available to skiers and riders on Scholarship Day in 2009.
“That’s a biggie. That’s a blessing in disguise,” Rick DeVos, executive director of the Winter Sports Club, said about this year’s proceeds. “We couldn’t be happier. We know how many families are looking for some help this year, so it couldn’t have come at a better time.”
DeVos said the Winter Sports Club serves more than 1,000 local youths and distributes $40,000 to $60,000 a year in scholarships. The Scholarship Day program has raised $675,000 since its inception.
Ski Corp. President Chris Diamond said Scholarship Day’s success speaks to the spirit of the community.
“We can’t thank the community enough for their continued support of Scholarship Day and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.”
The previous Scholarship Day record was $69,705 in November 2003.