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Steamboat Ski Resort

At: Colorado, United States
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About: Steamboat Ski Resort is a major ski area in northwestern Colorado, operated by the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation in Steamboat Springs. It is located on Mount Werner, a mountain in the Park Range in the Routt National Forest. The ski area first opened on January 12, 1963. http://www.coloradoskihistory.com/areahistory/steamboat.html The ski area has 165 named trails spread over 2965 acres. Fourteen percent are classified as beginner level, forty-two percent as intermediate, and forty-four percent as advanced. It also contains the Mavericks Superpipe snowboard/skiing superpipe one of the premier pipes in North America. Ownership The Steamboat Springs Ski Resort is owned by Intrawest, a Canadian Resort management company. Steamboat is one of the 11 resorts owned by Intrawest. Prior to Intrawest's ownership, Steamboat was owned by the American Skiing Company. Intrawest purchased the resort at the end of the 2006-07 season. Mountain Statistics Season Dates
  • 2008 / 2009 Ski Season Dates: November 26, 2008-April 12, 2009
  • 2007 / 2008 Ski Season Dates: November 30, 2007-April 6, 2008
Elevation
  • Base: 6900 feet
  • Summit: 10568 feet
  • Vertical Rise: 3668 feet
Trails
  • Area: 2965 acres (12.0 kmĀ²)
  • Trails: 165 total (14% beginner, 42% intermediate, 44% advanced)
  • Longest Run: "Why Not" ~ 3 miles (4.8 km)
  • Terrain Parks: 2 (including Mavericks Superpipe)
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 334 in/year (8.48 m/year)
The three lower mountain lifts (the Gondola, Thunderhead Express, and Christie Peak Express) service most of the green runs, which include the long Why Not trail from Thunderhead. Blue trails can be found mostly off of these same lifts, plus the two high speed quads on Sunshine Peak, although more funnel to the Sunshine Express lift. A couple of blue runs can also be found from the Four Points, BAR-UE, and Storm Peak Express lifts, as are a few in Morningside Park. Most of the blue black runs are scattered about the mountain, but most of them are located off the Pony Express lift in Pioneer Ridge. Black runs can be found off of pretty much any of the detachable chairlifts, but in the highest concentration on north Sunshine Peak, most of Storm Peak, Pioneer Ridge, and Morningside Park. The sole double black runs of the area make up the extreme terrain on Mount Werner. Lifts
  • 23 total
    • 1 Gondola
      • 8-Passenger Gondola (2,200 ft. vertical rise, 9:00 ride time, Doppelmayr, installed 1986)
    • 1 High-speed 6-passenger chair
      • Christie Peak Express (1,103 ft. vertical rise, 4:45 ride time, Leitner-Poma, installed 2007)
    • 5 High-speed quad chairs
      • Storm Peak Express (2,160 ft. vertical rise, 7:00 ride time, Doppelmayr, installed 1992)
      • Sundown Express (1,936 ft. vertical rise, 5:30 ride time, Doppelmayr, installed 1992)
      • Thunderhead Express (1,638 ft. vertical rise, 5:30 ride time, Doppelmayr, installed 1997)
      • Pony Express (vertical rise NA, ride time NA, CTEC, installed 1998)
      • Sunshine Express (1,300 ft. vertical rise, ride time NA, Leitner-Poma, installed 2006, originally located at "The Canyons," Utah)
    • 1 Quad chair
      • Elkhead (710 ft. vertical rise, 6:00 ride time, YAN, installed 1984)
    • 6 Triple chairs
      • Christie III (1,030 ft. vertical rise, 7:30 ride time, YAN, installed 1979, used primarily on high demand days)
      • Preview (vertical rise NA, ride time NA, YAN, installed 2007, originally Southface(YAN) installed new in 1979)
      • Four Points (1,366 ft. vertical rise, 7:30 ride time, YAN, installed 1983, shortened 1992)
      • South Peak (340 ft. vertical rise, 4:00 ride time, YAN, installed 1984)
      • Morningside (542 ft. vertical rise, 6:00 ride time, Garaventa-CTEC, installed 1996)
      • Burgess Creek (950 ft. vertical rise, 7:30 ride time, Leitner-Poma, installed 2004)
    • 3 Double chairs
      • Priest Creek (1,930 ft. vertical rise, 10:30 ride time, Heron-Poma, installed 1972, used primarily on high demand days)
      • Bashor (315 ft. vertical rise, 3:00 ride time, YAN, installed 1974)
      • Bar UE (1,380 ft. vertical rise, 9:00 ride time, YAN, installed 1977)
    • 6 Surface
      • Rough Rider (Surface Platter Tow) (140 ft. vertical rise, 3:00 ride time, Doppelmayr, installed 1989)
      • Wrangler (Magic Carpet)
      • Desperado (Magic Carpet)
      • Easy Rider (Magic Carpet)
      • Sundance (Magic Carpet)
      • Buckaroo (Magic Carpet)
According to steamboat.com, plans are in the works to replace the Elkhead quad with the current Thunderhead Express high speed quad, and to place a high speed six-pack along the Thunderhead lift line.

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