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New lifts, additional terrain opening at Steamboat Ski Area

Staff Report

Snow guns were hard at work on Vagabond at Steamboat Ski Area Monday morning.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Ski Area officials announced Thursday that fresh snow from a Wednesday night storm and ideal snowmaking temperatures will allow the ski area to open additional lifts and terrain Friday and Saturday.

Thunderhead Express lift will open Friday with access to upper Vagabond, Betwixt and Eagles Nest.

On Saturday, Steamboat will offer top-to-bottom skiing and riding when Storm Peak Express starts turning and Buddy's Run, Storm Peak South and Calf Roper trails open.

A total of eight lifts, 34 trails and 287 acres will be available for skiing and riding this weekend. See Me opened early on Thursday morning, offering an additional trail for night skiing and riding, which begins for the season Dec. 14, running from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday.

"The operations team is 100 percent focused on opening snowmaking trails at a record pace. We are taking advantage of every efficiency and opportunity to accelerate opening acreage for our guests," said Dave Hunter, vice president of mountain operations for Steamboat Ski Resort & Corp., in a news release. "Traditionally, it takes three days from snowmaking to grooming to open a trail, but we are taking an innovative approach this season that allows us to open a trail just 12 hours after snowmaking is complete."

With this shift in snowmaking and grooming efforts, the resort opened 18 trails and more than 240 acres in just eight days. Mountain crews are now focusing on Lower Vagabond, Lower Buddy's Run, Tornado Lane and the Priest Creek area, anticipating openings over the weekend.

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As additional terrain opens so will restaurants across the mountain. Four Points Lodge is open for lunch daily, and the Four Points snowcat dinner opens for the season Saturday. At Thunderhead Lodge, Hazie's will begin serving dinner on Saturday and lunch on Monday.

While crews work to open additional terrain, uphill access users are strongly discouraged from recreating on closed trails as snowcats and snowmobiles will be on the mountain day and night. For up-to-date information on the resort, visit