Steamboat briefs: Howelsen Hill Ski Area opens for season Saturday

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The Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Nordic Center will open for the season Saturday. The Poma lift will operate with expert skiing on the Upper and Lower Face and beginner skiing on the Boardwalk lift from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A portion of the rodeo loop will be the only Nordic trail groomed for skate skiing with classic track set. More trails will open as trails permit. A map of what portion is open can be found at the concession stand.

A season pass or ticket is required on all lifts and Nordic trails and can be purchased at the concession stand. Pass prices will go up $30 each after Sunday. The concession stand will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and will continue to be open during normal operating hours.

For information about the Nordic Center and the grooming report, call 970-879-8499. For ski area operating hours and pass and ticket rates, visit www.steamboatsprings.net/ski or call 970-879-4300.

Community tree lighting is today on courthouse lawn

The annual “Light Up the Night” community tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. today on the Routt County Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Children can visit with Santa starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Santa House. There will be caroling with the Jewel Singers, hot chocolate and cookies donated by local restaurants and an opportunity to register to win Downtown Dollars to spend in downtown Steamboat.

The finale of the event is the pingpong ball drop with hundreds of pingpong balls, all containing offers from downtown stores, dropped on the crowd from the top of the firetruck ladder. The event is free and open to the community. For more information, call 970-846-1800.

Gifts will be collected Friday, Saturday for program

Holiday Wishes program volunteers are hoping to collect gifts this year for more than 400 local families that are selected by Routt County United Way.

The Young Professionals Network, Rotary Club members and Steamboat firefighters will be collecting gifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and Saturday and Dec. 6 and 7 at Walmart. Volunteers will have a list of gifts that can be purchased at Walmart, and those who purchase gifts elsewhere also can drop them off at Walmart during those dates.

The program culminates with the Community Holiday Wishes Party from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill. At the free celebration, there will be caroling, visits with Santa, sleigh rides, tubing and snacks, and donated gifts will be wrapped.

More information and a list of needed gifts can be found at www.steamboatgiving.com. Information about donating wrapping supplies and money also can be found at the website. Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts and to help out at the Dec. 15 party. The party is open to everyone in the community including those not participating in the Holiday Wishes program.

Center for Visual Arts is taking artist applications

The Steamboat Springs Center for Visual Arts, 837 Lincoln Ave., is taking applications for new exhibiting artist members during its open enrollment period through Saturday. Preference is given to artists in Routt County. More information and applications are available at www.steamboatartcenter.com or by calling 970-846-5970.

Greenhouse and garden project on CMC campus

A design charrette is being held for the students, faculty and staff at Colorado Mountain College who initiated a discussion of a permaculture-inspired greenhouse and garden projects on campus. A charrette is an event with two purposes: to inform attendees about the overarching ideas for the project and to gather input from attendees who represent a broad set of potential stakeholders.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6 in the Allbright Auditorium at CMC’s Alpine Campus. Participants will have a chance to hear about the general ideas for the project as developed by the project initiating group, and they also will have a chance to discuss ideas with other attendees to help provide direction for the project.
Refreshments will be provided.

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