Steamboat Springs Editor's note: This story has been corrected from its original version. The Howelsen Hill Ski Area opens for the 2011-12 season on Dec. 3, conditions permitting.
The city of Steamboat Springs announced Monday that season passes to Howelsen Hill can be purchased online.
Rates have increased since last year. All-access passes bought by Dec. 31 increased to: $75 from $35 for seniors (60 and older); $170 from $160 for adults; $75 from $65 for youths (7 to 18 years old); $35 from $25 for children; $370 from $350 for families; and $95 from $75 for full-time college students.
Adult Nordic rates increased to $110 from $80 for adults and to $250 from $160 for families. Daily pass rates also are increasing from last season.
Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department Director Chris Wilson told the Parks and Recreation Commission this month that rates had not increased for about three years even though the city’s expenses did. He said the city’s Parks and Recreation master plan includes a cost-recovery philosophy, but he added that additional revenue from increased prices won’t be significant.
Wilson added that Howelsen’s prices remain lower than many ski areas of similar size.
The city also reduced Howelsen’s operating hours by about 9 hours and 45 minutes a week this season. Those new hours of operation are 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, 1 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, and 3:45 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The ski area will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
To buy season passes online or for a complete price list, visit www.steamboatsprings.net/rec and click on “Howelsen Hill Ski Area.” Season passes will be sold and processed starting Nov. 8 at the Howelsen Hill concession stand from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, excluding Thanksgiving Day.
The city also is looking for Nordic Ambassadors, volunteers who can to educate trail users about using the facility. The ambassadors work in exchange for a free Howelsen Hill Nordic pass. For more information, call 970-879-4300.
The 2011 season at Howelsen Hill opens Dec. 3, conditions permitting.