Steamboat's Scholarship Day raises $24,220

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— Mother Nature might not have arrived in time, but Steamboat Ski Area opened promptly Nov. 21 with communitywide support for Scholarship Day.

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. announced in a news release Tuesday that the ski area raised $24,220 at last week’s annual Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club fundraiser.

For the past 22 years, the resort has dedicated its first day to the local winter sports training program, and the discounted ticket proceeds have raised more than $760,000 for the Winter Sports Club, according to the news release.

“The money raised from this year's Scholarship Day will go a long way in helping as many families in Routt County as possible participate in our programs," Winter Sports Club Executive Director Rick DeVos said, in the news release. He said the Winter Sports Club works with more than 1,000 local children and more than 20,000 can claim they’ve been impacted by its Nordic, Alpine, snowboard, Telemark and freestyle programs.

Scholarship Day marked the first day of skiing for Steamboat’s 50th anniversary season. The Winter Sports Club also is celebrating a milestone this year with its 100th Winter Carnival in February.

“We can’t thank the community enough for their continued support of Scholarship Day and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club,” Chris Diamond, Ski Corp president and chief operating officer, said in the news release. “Scholarship Day continues to demonstrate the true spirit of Ski Town USA, and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick off the resort’s 50th anniversary season.”

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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