Just In Time For Christmas, Steamboat Announces Plans to Open Morningside Park

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 24, 2011 10:23 am

Reaping the benefits of about 7 inches of new snow Wednesday (12/21), Steamboat, Colorado Ski Area officials announced Morningside Park will open this weekend. With Morningside Park, the Resort expects to be skiing approximately 119 trails spread across 1,925 acres on 14 lifts that provide 3,668 vertical feet of skiing and riding this Christmas day.

Steamboat remains at the top of the list for open terrain in Colorado and with the most recent snowfall, the skiing just keeps getting better and better,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “As we head into the popular Christmas weekend and New Year’s Eve holiday, skiers and riders can expect a broad variety of terrain to complement Steamboat’s signature hospitality and guest service. And the best news is a stormy forecast for the Holiday week.”

With the new snow, Steamboat now has a 26-inch base at mid-mountain and 25-inch base at the summit on powder/packed powder conditions. New trails in Morningside Park which are expected to greet guests as early as Saturday include Bailout, Black Powder, Cowboy Coffee, Frying Pan, Hot Cakes, Huevos, Jump Start, Over Easy, Rooster and Snooze Bar.

Several trails in the Priest Creek area also opened this week on, Thursday, December 22nd. Steamboat’s signature tree terrain, Shadows and Closets, opened with skiing down to the Duster Trail. In addition, Three O’Clock, Twilight, Dawn, Sundown Liftline and Kuus’ Cruise opened. A complete list of open trails and lifts is available each morning on the Resort’s website or by calling, 970.879.7300.

For those hoping to grab some air this holiday weekend, Terrain Park crews opened Rabbit Ears Terrain Park, the medium feature park with 9 jumps and 16 boxes and rails. Snowmaking and work with the Zaugg snowcat is progressing smoothly in the Mavericks Superpipe and the resort anticipates opening the pipe for its first hits around Christmas Day.

Long range forecasts call for a return of the La Niña winter, with the next major storm system hitting Steamboat around the 28th of December. Between the most recent storm and the upcoming change in the storm cycle next week, the resort continues to make snow, expand skiing coverage and freshen up surfaces as needed.

The start of the 2011/2012 season is very similar to the winter of 1995/1996 when Steamboat experienced moderate snowfall in December ’95 followed by a record shattering January ’96, seeing 216.5 inches of snow blanketing the mountain. The 1995/96 season finished with more than 400 inches of Champagne Powder® snow.

For more information about Steamboat Springs Resort, visit www.steamboat.com.