Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. ski patroller John Floyd skis down Headwall on Tuesday afternoon. Floyd and fellow Ski Corp. employees were preparing the mountain for Scholarship Day today.

Photo by Matt Stensland

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. ski patroller John Floyd skis down Headwall on Tuesday afternoon. Floyd and fellow Ski Corp. employees were preparing the mountain for Scholarship Day today.

Ski area opens today

Trails of all levels open for Scholarship Day

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A snowcat grooms Headwall on Tuesday afternoon.

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Steamboat Ski Patrol supervisor Duncan Draper gives patrollers Chad Gruben and Michele Baxter a ride up Headwall on Tuesday afternoon. The ski area opens today for its annual Scholarship Day.

— Ten trails and two lifts will be open today at the Steamboat Ski Area, a spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

The Christie Peak Express and Preview lifts will start at 8:30 a.m. for Scholarship Day. The open trails are: Desperado, for lessons; upper Boulevard; Headwall North; Lil' Rodeo, with some of the terrain park; Preview; lower Right-O-Way; Stampede; Jess' Cut-Off; Sitz; and See Ya.

Loryn Kasten, spokeswoman for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., stressed that visitors need to make sure they stay on areas catering to their skill level.

"There's no beginner or intermediate terrain available above the mid-station," Kasten said. "We highly recommend that beginners or intermediates get off at the mid-station."

Lift tickets will be available for the first day of the 2008-09 season for $20, with proceeds benefiting the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club. No season passes will be accepted.

Ski Corp. planned to make more snow Tuesday night if temperatures allowed, Kasten said.

"It looked like at mid-mountain there was a 10-inch base" Monday, Ski Corp. spokesman Mike Lane said. Kasten said Tuesday that the number hadn't changed.

Scholarship Day will include deals and special events. Bear River Bar & Grill will offer deals on white pizza and beer, and Worried Men will perform there from 1 to 4 p.m. Gondola Joe's will sell $3 white chocolate lattes, and mechanical bull rides will be available in Gondola Square for $5.

Parking has changed slightly for this year, Lane said. The Meadows lot has been redesigned. Ski Corp. added more than 38,000 square feet to the north end, resulting in about 200 additional spots. The company also added designated shuttle waiting areas.

Shuttles will now go to the light at Pine Grove and turn left to enter at the main entrance.

The free Meadows and Knoll parking lots will be open today. Paid parking is available at the Gondola Square and Ski Time Square garages, and drop-off and pickup areas will be open at the Gondola Transit Center and Ski Time Square.

Kasten said she was pleased with what the ski area was able to prepare.

"We've got a really great product ready," she said.

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