Steamboat Ski Corp. donates $5K to cycling group after weather foils fundraiser

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— Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. has donated $5,000 to the Routt County Riders’ bicycling trail maintenance fund to offset monies that might have been raised by the first Sponsorship Day at the ski area’s Steamboat Bike Park.

The ski area had the good idea to replicate the success of its annual ski opening to benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club on behalf of Routt County Riders. But the weather conspired to foil successive planned openings, including the intended opening day June 13. Gusty wind and a few bolts of lightning pushed those plans back, though the mountain trails were exceptionally dry for most of June.

“Mother Nature just wouldn’t cooperate with us as we worked to host the inaugural Routt County Riders Sponsorship Day on two occasions,” Jim Schneider, vice president of skier services for Ski Corp., said in a news release. “The resort is committed to its partnership with Routt County Riders, and the $5,000 donation seemed an ideal way to keep the spirit of Sponsorship Day alive and moving forward for years to come.”

In addition, Ski Corp. extended a one-time offer of a $15 bike park pass to every member of Routt County Riders.

“The $5,000 that Steamboat Ski Resort has committed to trail maintenance will go a long way as we continue plans for 20 trail work days throughout Routt County this summer,” Routt County Riders Vice President Eric Meyer was quoted as saying in the news release. “Throwing in the $15 bike park pass was really icing on the cake.”

The bike pass is available for anyone who renews or joins Routt County Riders by noon Sunday.

The ski area introduced its new Steamboat Bike Park in 2012. Working with trail developers Gravity Logic, the long awaited plan for downhill biking became a reality in the Yampa Valley with five trails including one expert jump trail and a new fleet of mountain bikes specially designed to tackle the new terrain. This summer, the Steamboat Bike Park added Tenderfoot, an intermediate downhill trail, and Rawhide, an expert trail. Rawhide features rolling rock drops and steep, sharp turns.

Formed in the early 1990s, Routt County Riders, an International Mountain Bicycling Association chapter, is a nonprofit organization that represents all variations of biking, including mountain biking, road biking, downhill/free riding, adaptive cycling, youth cycling and commuting.

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

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