Steamboat Ski Patrol memeber Matt Piva heads out with a armload of bamboo as the Steamboat Ski Area begins roping and padding areas on the mountain in preparation of the resort opening Wednesday for Scholarship Day.

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Steamboat Ski Patrol memeber Matt Piva heads out with a armload of bamboo as the Steamboat Ski Area begins roping and padding areas on the mountain in preparation of the resort opening Wednesday for Scholarship Day.

Steamboat Ski Area to have 3 lifts, 23 trails and 250 acres open Wednesday

Ski Corp. announces available terrain for Scholarship Day

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Steamboat Ski Patrollers Chad Gruben and Nick Brookshire start prepping the areas of the mountain that will be open Wednesday for Scholarship Day.

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— The snowstorm that blew through Steamboat Springs on Saturday morning only added to the terrain Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. plans to open Wednesday for Scholarship Day, spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.

Ski Corp. announced Monday afternoon that three lifts will serve 23 trails on about 250 acres.

“The natural snowfall from the weekend’s snowstorm absolutely helped ski area crews open more terrain, lifts and acreage for our guests on Scholarship Day,” Kasten said. “Anytime we get a storm before the season, not only does it get people excited for the upcoming season, it helps our crews build a really great product for Scholarship Day and the days to follow.”

Scholarship Day tickets are $25, which includes all open terrain or $20 for a lower-mountain ticket that includes access only to Christie Peak Express. Proceeds from ticket sales of the 21st annual fundraiser benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Ski Corp. announced that Christie Peak Express, the Gondola and Burgess Creek will serve 23 trails, 10 green, 11 blue and 2 black. They are: green — Arc, Big Foot, Boulevard, Flat Out, Park Lane, Right-O-Way, So What, Stampede, Why Not (upper only) and Yoo Hoo; blue — Blizzard, Ego, Heavenly Daze, Jess’ Cut Off, Lightning, Rainbow, Rudi’s Run, Sitz, Skyline, Tower and Vogue; black — Burgess Creek Lift Line and White Out.

Several rails and other features also will be available in the Lil’ Rodeo terrain park.

Ski Corp. urged skiers and riders to not enter closed trails.

Kasten said she didn’t expect the available terrain to change before Scholarship Day. The National Weather Service is predicting temperatures to reach near 40 degrees Tuesday and get slightly warmer with sunny skies Wednesday.

But Kasten added that Ski Corp. would re-evaluate its open terrain if a huge storm blew though before Scholarship Day.

As of Monday afternoon, the ski area was reporting 43 inches of snowfall since Oct. 7, resulting in a 21-inch base. Of the total snow, 14 inches fell at mid-mountain during this past weekend’s storm.

Christie Peak Express and the Gondola open at 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Burgess Creek opens at 8:45 a.m. The first 100 people in line at the Gondola will receive free t-shirts.

Although Scholarship Day is the first day of the 2011-12 season, season passes won’t be valid until Thursday, the ski area’s official Opening Day.

To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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