Thanks to the incredible amount of snow in "Snow-Tober" and early this month, Steamboat has announced it's earliest opening date in history, November 15th. October was good to Steamboat Springs, with over 63 inches of accumulation at mid-mountain.
Steamboat's president and COO Rob Perlman stated “Winter came early to Steamboat and with record breaking snow in October, opening sooner was an easy decision,” . Steamboat will have Christie Peak Express open, with 10 runs and parts of the terrain park available for skiers and riders. Daily lift passes will be discounted for the first week of operation, and will sell for $50. All other season passes, including Ikon Pass, will work as well.
The resort employee's hard work is credited with getting the mountain open earlier than usual, and the lift operators, snowcat drivers, snowmaking crew, and everyone else it takes to operate the mountain can't wait to kick off the season. Visitors are cautioned to stay in the open areas, since the resort still has snowmaking equipment and early season conditions out on other areas of the mountain in order to make the best snow possible for the whole season.
The first 100 guests at the resort on Nov. 15 will get a free pair of Smartwool socks, according to the release. Starting at 8 a.m. there also will be free breakfast burritos at Christie Peak Express while supplies last.