Snowmaking was in full swing Wednesday morning at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Snowmaking was in full swing Wednesday morning at the Steamboat Ski Area.

Snowmaking success at Steamboat Ski Area assures Thunderhead-to-base skiing

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Also Wednesday, Ski Corp. released details on discounted airfares from many of the markets that provide direct service to Yampa Valley Regional Airport during ski season.

According to the release, reservations must be booked by Nov. 30, and the fares are valid for travel during most of the upcoming ski season. Other airline restrictions apply that affect the availability of discounted seats.

Among the advertised rates are seats for $135 each way from Atlanta, Chicago and Dallas; $150 each way from Boston, Miami and New York’s LaGuardia Airport; and $160 each way from Philadelphia, Tampa and Newark. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.

— Overnight temperatures in the single digits have allowed aggressive snowmaking at Steamboat Ski Area — so much so that officials say skiing and riding from the top of the gondola to the bottom of the mountain virtually is assured when the resort opens for Scholarship Day on Nov. 23.

Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said Wednesday that sufficient stockpiles of manmade snow have been built up on several trails, and if he were to have dispatched snowcats Wednesday night, it technically would be possible to ski from top to bottom Thursday.

“There haven’t been years when I could say that on Nov. 9,” Allen said. “It’s exciting.”

Of course, there won’t be skiing Thursday — opening day is still two weeks away. And Allen doesn’t mean to say that all of Heavenly Daze, the biggest ski trail linking Thunderhead Peak to the base area, is covered with snow entirely. Only one side of the Daze has sufficient coverage as of Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ll be making a big move (of snowmaking equipment) today,” Allen said Wednesday. “Vogue is done, and we’ll be moving that equipment to See Ya and See Me, and we’ll be making snow on Boulevard to Big Foot and all of Right-of-Way.”

On Heavenly Daze, the big array of snowmaking guns will move from skier’s right to skier’s left to complete the task of securing snow coverage for one of the biggest runs on the mountain.

Snowmaking crews have built large “whales” of snow near the new snow edge along the base area promenade to allow coverage of the large sandstone blocks along Burgess Creek.

They are holding off on pushing that snow into place to allow crews working for Duckels Construction to continue do some technical construction work, Allen said.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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