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Uncategorized Ridiculously Deep Sweepstakes Celebrates Early Season Champagne Powder


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December 13, 2005
Steamboat Springs, CO – (Press Release) – The Steamboat Ski Area wants to share the joy of all of its early season snow, nearly 12.5 feet and counting, with everyone during the Ridiculously Deep Sweepstakes, offering a pair of Salomon powder skis a day for ten days and the Deep Snow Dream Vacation to Steamboat Grand Prize.

“This is shaping up to be one of those seasons that you’ll hear about and read about for years to come, said Andy Wirth, vice president of sales & marketing for the resort. “With nearly 100% of the mountain terrain already open for skiing/riding, Steamboat is enjoying the best and most snow in Colorado.

During the 2005 Ridiculously Deep Sweepstakes, Steamboat and Salomon have teamed up to give away a pair of Teneighty Gun or Teneighty Foil powder skis a day from December 15-25, 2005. In addition, one lucky winner will enjoy the grand prize Deep Snow Dream Vacation for two people that includes four nights lodging, three days lift tickets and two round trip airfares to Steamboat.

To enter, individuals need to log onto the official contest section of and fill out entry form. The 2005 Ridiculously Deep Sweepstakes entries will end at 12:00 noon MST on December 25th with only one pair of skis randomly awarded per day beginning Thursday, December 15th and ending Sunday, December 25th. One entry per person per day will be eligible. In addition, a complete list of Official Rules can also be found on the site.

Steamboat unveiled the site as a way to share the excitement of Steamboat’s legendary Champagne Powder snow through images, video and stats with skiers and riders who love big, deep snow and Ski Town, U.S.A.® This site chronicles the epic early season snow during four early season storms on November 28th & 30th and December 2nd and 8th. Additional content will be added as new storms roll through Steamboat.

“With the resort’s snowiest November already in the record book and 4.25 feet just twelve days into December, Steamboat is definitely showing why it’s the home of Champagne Powder snow, said Doug Allen, vice president-operations of the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation.

So far this season, Steamboat has seen 83 in November (a new monthly record) and 51 in December for a combined total of 134 (11.16 feet). Add in another 15 in October and the resort has seen 12.41 feet (149) for this season. During an eleven day stretch (Nov. 27-Dec. 7), 92 (7.67 feet) fell at mid-mountain and 104 (8.67 feet) at the summit. Since the resort opened on November 23rd, snow has fallen eleven out of twenty days.

The resort is currently reporting a 43-inch base at mid-mountain and 55-inch base at the summit. Due to all the new snow, the ski area continues to open additional terrain, bringing the total to 159/164 trails, 12 lifts and 2,872/2,965 acres (97% of the mountain) open for skiing/riding on powder/packed powder conditions. Year-in, year-out, Steamboat always receives big, consistent early season snow and this season is shaping up to be no different. It’s why the term Champagne Powder was coined in Steamboat back in the 1950s.

The early season snow even attracted the attention of legendary filmmaker, Warren Miller Entertainment. Warren Miller Entertainment sent their top cinematographer and three athletes to Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® to get an early jump on the Steamboat segment for next year’s annual feature film of the legendary Warren Miller film series.

Experience Steamboat this season with a variety of winter vacation packages and specials including exclusive to Colorado Front Range packages and Winter Escape Package, offering a day and night free. Steamboat Central Reservations®, which represents the majority of the lodging properties in the area, now offers exclusive online iCORIS technology, allowing users to book their entire vacation online. Call toll-free (800) 922-2722 or visit Stay uup to date on conditions throughout the season by going online to and or call the snow report line, 970-879-7300.