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Howelsen Hill to open Saturday

Howelsen Hill shines under the lights on a winter night. A draft of a new master plan for the park calls for such improvements as a new indoor recreation center and a renovation of the Howelsen Hill Lodge.

It may not have spiffy, new lift tickets with RFID technology, expanded restaurants or nearly as many acres to ski on, but when it opens for a new season at 10 a.m. Saturday, Howelsen Hill will still be hosting the next generation of ski racers and sport some of the cheapest lift tickets in the state.

A lift ticket at the city’s century-old ski hill will cost $25.

Children ages six to 18 can ski for $15, and children five and younger ski for $8.

The Baby Magic Carpet remains free.

Night skiing tickets will be sold for $10 Tuesday through Friday.

Daily lift ticket prices did not increase from last year.

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The Alpine ski area is closed to the public on Mondays.

Alpine terrain opening Saturday will offer expert skiing on the first two exits of the Poma on Howelsen’s face and beginner skiing off the Boardwalk Magic Carpet to Ponyland.

A limited number of Nordic trails will be open, however snow bikes will not be allowed on the trails yet, because they haven’t received enough snowfall.

Last ski season, Howelsen saw an estimated 13,204 skiers. The city sold 5,922 Alpine lift tickets and 486 Alpine season passes.

Howelsen’s future will be the topic of a work session Tuesday in Citizens Hall, when the Steamboat Springs City Council will look at financial projections for four potential operating plans for the ski hill.

City staff will present a proposal to offer more consistent public skiing hours and give the private sector an opportunity to create and operate a ski school at the ski hill.

City staff is also recommending the addition of an aerial adventure park and zip line at Howelsen to draw more summer visitors.

Look for a story on the future of the ski hill in Saturday’s Steamboat Today.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10