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Two sets of skis and seemingly endless empty racks were all that sat in front of the usually hopping Slopeside Grill at noon Friday as a dump truck drives by with a load of snow. Steamboat Ski Area used Friday to truck snow from downtown stashes, hoping to compile up enough to stay open until the planned April 15 closing day.

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Steamboat Ski Area, visitors 'making the most of it'

Friday added injury to insult for the end of the 2011-12 ski season, with brutal winds gusting as high as 45 mph and forcing Steamboat Ski Area’s gondola and nearly every lift to close.

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