Snow has been steadily falling in Steamboat, getting the slopes ready for the season. It hasn't stopped snowmaking crews from jumping into action, though, and firing up the resort's snowmaking system, and 93 guns.

"So far, we have seen an increased northwesterly flow which has brought a number of storms to the Yampa Valley already this year. The mountain has been blanketed with snow since the first storm arrived on October 23rd," said Steamboat's Rob Perlman. "With the new snow and now, with our snowmaking running full tilt, everyone is anticipating another great ski season."

Steamboat's snowmaking system was expanded and upgraded this summer which has resulted in an increase in water flow, pressure, production, and power. Doug Allen, VP of Operations for Steamboat says, "With this technology, crews take advantage of shorter cold weather windows, cover more of the trail, and treat guests to a drastically better early season skiing and riding product in the process."

Steamboat is scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 24, with Scholarship Day. That is the day when prices are marked way down and proceeds go to benefit the local Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's Scholarship Fund. Call ahead to confirm the cost to ski, as it is determined based on how much of the mountain will be open. The mountain then opens for the regular season Thanksgiving Day.

Steamboat is offering direct flights from seven major cities, along with plenty of connections from Denver, into Yampa Valley Regional Airport which is 22 miles from downtown Steamboat. You also can make the three-hour drive from the Denver Airport.

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