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STEAMBOAT OFFERS SIZE, VARIETY TO SKIERS

 STEAMBOAT OFFERS SIZE, VARIETY TO SKIERS
 STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- With the best


opening conditions in years, the Steamboat ski area kicked off the ski season as planned on Friday, Nov. 22. Nearly 100 inches of snow has fallen here since early November and mountain crews have been working round the clock to prepare the slopes.
 Skiers arriving at Steamboat will find a variety of terrain from expert to beginner. With 106 trails to choose from spread out over 2,500 skiable acres and served by 21 lifts (including the high-speed, eight-passenger Silver Bullet (TM) gondola) all this adds up to one very large mountain.
 But Steamboat actually comprises four mountains: Sunshine Peak, Storm Peak, Thunderhead Peak and Christie Peak. Each has its own personality, allowing for great diversity in skiing terrain. Steamboat literally has something for every type of skier, no matter what level.
 Storm Peak is a favorite among advanced and upper-level intermediate skiers. Bump runs and powder fields are what's found here, bisected by one of the best intermediate trails in Colorado, Buddy's Run. Named after Buddy Werner, this great intermediate cruiser is long enough to make anybody's thighs burn.
 Skiers will find a little of everything off Sunshine Peak, from the most gentle beginner to our famous gladed tree runs, Shadows and Twilight. Experts dance nimbly through the aspens on these runs, while intermediates can work their mogul techniques on Two O'Clock and Three O'Clock, then cruise down High Noon for lunch at Ragnar's Restaurant. Beginners head for Sunshine Bowl (known locally as Wally World), where practicing stem christies comes naturally.
 Thunderhead is what most skiers see first, when they ride the Silver Bullet to its crest. From here, Billy Kidd makes his daily one o'clock run with the public down an intermediate run. Many skiers head back here for lunch, as three different restaurants are housed in this facility, along with a barbecue sundeck and kids' ski school cafeteria. All other peaks are accessed from here as well, making it the "hub" of the ski mountain.
 Finally, Christie base provides a gentle beginner area for our ski instructors to work their magic on aspiring skiers arriving in Steamboat. Of course, we'll teach anyone to ski anywhere on our mountain, and our ski school has the staff to do just that, with over 200 instructors. The Bashor race area is accessed from here, too, where NASTAR races are held daily. Steamboat is the leading ski area for NASTAR racing in the nation.
 With this much mountain, things don't get too crowded around here, either. In fact, our uphill capacity of 29,000 skiers per hour combined with our bedbase of 15,000 pillows means that skiers will have to look hard to find a lift line here.
 From beginner to expert, powder skiing to moguls, racing to restaurants, Steamboat has something for everyone. Steamboat looks forward to one of its best seasons yet so give it a try.
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 /CONTACT: Rod Hanna or Barbara Jennings of Steamboat, 303-879-6111, ext. 473/ CO: Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. ST: Colorado IN: LEI SU:


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