October 2009

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Steamboat Springs — It’s dumping snow at Steamboat Ski Area, with piles 4, 5 and even 6 feet deep. But it’s not just the occasional early winter storm that is doing the trick.

Snowmaking on the slopes began in earnest Sunday night and Monday morning, with crews now on standby 24 hours a day to make as much snow as possible in the 28 days leading up to the ski area’s opening.

Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said the resort’s snowmaking operators went through orientation last week and hit the slopes Sunday night when the temperature reached the 24-degree threshold for artificial snowmaking.

Allen’s crews operated the snow guns throughout the night and until about 11 a.m. Monday. Their efforts were

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Special for USA TODAY by Larry Olmsted

Steamboat Springs has cultivated an image as a ski bum paradise, where slopes meet the wooden sidewalks of the Old West. But now, with a billion-dollar urban renewal project and more than $30 million in ski area improvements, it's attracting more second-home buyers.

 

Steamboat, which bears the trademarked name "Ski Town USA," has several things that set it apart from other Colorado ski towns. First, there's the snow, which is among the driest and deepest in the country (canny developers also trademarked the phrase "Champagne Powder"). Situated in north-central Colorado, the mountain catches the state's blizzards as well as those that hit Utah and Wyoming and has averaged more than 400 inches of snow the past two

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Steamboat Springs — Rod Schrage said he didn’t have a long-term plan when he took over a struggling little business called Ski Haus at the base of Mount Werner 40 years ago.

“I don’t think when you’re 19 you have a long-term plan for anything,” Schrage said Wednesday, standing in the outdoor gear and clothing store at U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road. A lack of planning may have been for the best. There’s probably no way Schrage could have foreseen in 1969 the four decades to come. Those decades included the winter drought of 1976-77, when Steamboat Ski Area closed for much of January; four locations for Ski Haus; the addition in the early ’80s of a gas station and liquor store to the shop at 1450 S. Lincoln Ave.; the switch to running year-round from…
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