Vail joins list of open ski areas during weekend; Steamboat is next

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— As the Steamboat and Aspen ski areas prepare to open their seasons Wednesday, skiers at Vail already were carving a couple of fresh inches of snow during the weekend after the ski area opened and dedicated its new Gondola One on Friday.

The Vail Daily reported a fresh inch of snow had fallen between 5 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sunday on the Born Free Trail, the only trail open at Vail. Although the new gondola was dedicated, skiers were limited to Chair 8 during the weekend.

Across the Central Rockies in the past 48 hours, Colorado Ski Country USA was reporting an inch of new snow at A-Basin, Loveland and Winter Park. All three of those ski areas reported an 18-inch base at mid-mountain.

Steamboat officials were expected to announce opening day terrain Monday or Tuesday. The absence of advantageous snowmaking conditions during the mild weekend that just passed strongly suggests Steamboat would open the Christie Peak Express serving trails like Sitz and Vogue for Scholarship Day to benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s competitive skiing and snowboard programs.

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

Comments

Jim Steed 2 years, 1 month ago

"You guys are going to enjoy this for the next 25-30 years,” Spear said, talking about the new Gondola in Vail.

How many years can Steamboat expect out of the Silver Bullet Gondola? Installed in 1986 it turns 26 this year. One good thing though, it can possess as much as 1 ounce of marijuana.

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walt jones 2 years, 1 month ago

Yea Jim I mentioned that back on October 12 when they article about the new gondola towers were being installed via helicopter.

"We probably will be seeing our gondy change in a few years to "keep up with the Joness". God forbid we don't have something Vail has!!! Then we can have $2000 season passes and $150 lift tickets so Intrawest Execs can have fat profits and fly their G5 jets here and all over the world."

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Jim Steed 2 years, 1 month ago

Walt, did you buy the $1,500 membership to the The Steamboat Base Club or did you go the $2,000 route to include your spouse or $3,000 for the whole family?

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john bailey 2 years, 1 month ago

and golly gee, if your lucky you can get a golden ticket to ride up. still looking for a used pair of carharts, anyone? hello........

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walt jones 2 years, 1 month ago

Yea right Jim!! I haven't set foot on that mountain or anything Intrawest related since they came to town and screwed up the industry here!!!

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rhys jones 2 years, 1 month ago

Where's Sylvester McMonkey McBean when ya need him?

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