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A snowcat pushes a pile of snow around the base area at Steamboat Ski Area on Friday. Pushing piles of snow isn’t the most efficient way to handle it, but it was the only option this spring as a dry season and warm weather combined to test ski area slope maintenance crews. They managed to keep the mountain open to its planned Closing Day.

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Crews help Steamboat Ski Area survive to Closing Day

If the winter of 2011-12 has taught the slope maintenance crews at Steamboat Ski Area anything, it’s that nothing can be taken for granted.

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