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What’s new at Steamboat Ski Area

Seven thousand feet up in the Colorado Rockies, nestled quietly below one of the largest ski mountains in North America, sits a small ranching community that serves as a constant reminder that the Old West is alive and well.

Did you know?

Steamboat Ski Area opened on Jan. 12, 1963, with a double chairlift and an A-frame warming house. The day’s cash receipts were $13.75 and the temperature was -25 °F.

— While last year saw the unveiling of a $10 million renovation revitalizing the resort's base with the new Gondola Square Plaza, Promenade and outdoor stage, this year has plenty of improvements in store as well as Steamboat Ski Area celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Among other things, the resort has added a new Bison groomer to its fleet; expanded and upgraded its snowmaking capabilities; purchased a fleet of new, four-stroke, energy-efficient snowmobiles; added foot rests and restraining bars to the Morningside chairlift; installed new footrest chairs on the 4 Points chairlift; continued timber removal efforts across 40 acres on the lower mountain; revamped its rental ski fleet inventory; improved facility enhancements across Thunderhead, Rendezvous and the Steamboat Grand; resurfaced the Meadows parking area and Knoll walkway; and more.

Named one of the world's best ski towns by National Geographic, the resort also has plenty in store to celebrate its 50th birthday, with events, promotions and specials all season long. Foremost is its 50th Golden Anniversary Celebration Jan. 11-21, with fireworks, a torchlight parade, free concerts and special events culminating with the Bud Light Cowboy Downhill. It also launched a new website (www.steamboat.com) and teamed with Mountain Media to produce its 50th Anniversary magazine-Ski Town USA®, exploring the characters, stories, and images that have made Steamboat distinct over the past 50 years. While the resort revels in its 50th, its Director of Skiing, Olympic Silver medalist and World Champion Billy Kidd, is celebrating his own milestone with his 70th birthday celebration on April 13.

Steamboat Ski Area is also heralding its new Rossignol Experience Center demo rental program, one of only 10 in the U.S., with its Experience skis making the progression easier, faster and more fun. The objective: give every customer more confidence and control for a better skiing experience.

On the ticket front, its new Boat Launch Pass lets you buy three days of lift tickets for only $129 from Nov. 21 through December 14. Combine it with a night stay and save 20 percent on lodging. Those with the Boat Launch pass, a season pass, PURE Pass or Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus can also save 20 percent on two or more nights of lodging at participating properties. The resort also announces its new Signature Five Program, which guarantees no more than five students per clinic, as well as the opening of the new Grand Café in the Steamboat Grand.

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Finally, the resort is ensuring that getting to Ski Town USA is as easy as possible, announcing that United Airlines is now operating new weekend nonstop flights from Los Angeles for the 2012/2013 winter season (including one-stop connections to and from Australia). The winter flight program offers nonstop jet air service from eight major airports on key U.S. carriers American, Delta and United Airlines, as well as connections from more than 230 airports nation and worldwide, with all guests arriving into the Steamboat/Hayden Airport, which recently completed a $15 million renovation.

Did you know?

Steamboat Ski Area opened on Jan. 12, 1963, with a double chairlift and an A-frame warming house. The day’s cash receipts were $13.75 and the temperature was -25 °F.

Did you also know?

Despite last year’s low snowfall across the country, on Feb. 20, Steamboat Ski Area set a single-day (24-hour: 5 a.m to 5 p.m.) snowfall record at mid-mountain when 27 inches of powder piled up overnight? The single-day summit record still stands at 29 inches, set on Jan. 25, 1996.