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Steamboat Ski Area announces terrain for Opening Day on Wednesday

Snowcats move snow Monday at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Ski Area will start spinning the lifts Wednesday with access to the slopes via the Christie Peak Express lift.

The ski area then plans to open the Gondola on Thursday providing access to Heavenly Daze.

Thanks to snowmaking, the ski area will be able to open on schedule.

"Our system and our team are so prepared for taking advantage of those little cold windows," said Dave Hunter, vice president of mountain operations.

Wednesday is Scholarship Day, and season passes cannot be used. Tickets will be sold for $25, with proceeds going to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Since its inception more than 25 years ago, Scholarship Day has generated $1 million for the Winter Sports Club.

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The Outlaw Mountain Coaster will also be making its winter season debut Wednesday. Coaster tickets will cost $20, and the ride will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Skiers will have access to five trails Wednesday — Sitz, Sitz Back, Jess' Cut-Off, Vogue and Stampede, as well as a pocket park.

Free parking will be available at the Meadows and Knoll lots, and SnowSports School will be offering lessons.

To celebrate the start of the season, the first 100 skiers to load Christie Peak Express will receive a free T-shirt.

The ski area has seen 35 inches of pre-season snow at mid-mountain. Over the weekend, 5.5 inches of snow fell on the ski area.

Snowmakers at the ski area have been waiting for the cold weather to arrive so they could get to work.

"The big game-changer for us was the last 48 hours," Hunter said Monday.

Other ski areas have not been so fortunate.

For the second consecutive year, Vail announced it was delaying its opening by a week. Vail will now open Wednesday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland.

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