The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Howelsen Hill Centennial Campaign, and City of Steamboat Springs are anxiously waiting to hear results of the Pepsi Refresh Everything Project. Pepsi is looking for people, businesses, and nonprofits with ideas that will have a positive impact. Categories include Health, Arts & Culture, Food & Shelter, The Planet, Neighborhoods, and Education.
Pepsi is accepting 1,000 ideas each month, and the Howelsen Hill Centennial Campaign made the list of approved ideas for December along with 300 other projects that are seeking the largest award of $250,000. The project also grants awards of $5,000, $25,000 and $50,000. Voting was ongoing during the month of December and ended Dec. 31. Any grant won by the campaign would supplement funds and grants being raised for SSWSC's Olympic training ground, which is owned and operated by the City of Steamboat.
Howelsen's Centennial Campaign was recently awarded $900,000 in grants from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCo). This approval will spend $700,000 towards covering the K38 jump with plastic so the younger generation of SSWSC ski jumpers will have the same opportunity of year-round training like their older counterparts who utilize the K60 plastic jump. The remaining $200,000 will be spent on improving lighting capabilities by adding 14 light poles to extend enhanced night skiing to the ski-jump landing and terrain park areas of Howelsen Hill.
Along with the GOCo grants, private funding, and the possibility of Pepsi grant money, the Howelsen Hill Centennial Campaign is moving closer to raising the estimated $2.3 million in total costs for improvements. Howelsen intends to install a new magic carpet surface lift at the beginner's area, as well as add an additional water pump, new piping, and more snow guns to allow for double the current capacity of snowmaking, in addition to plastic for the K38 jump and improved lighting.
"With the additional snow-making capabilities we can cut on severe costs for our athletes traveling to Summit County for early-season training," explains Rick DeVos, Executive Director of SSWSC. "As soon as it gets cold enough, we can blow snow and keep our kids here, in school, training locally."