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With the drop in temperatures and snow covering much of the Yampa Valley, seasonal restrooms in several parks are closed for the season; snowmaking at Howelsen Hill has fired up full-time and trails closures on Emerald are now in effect.
Typically from early to mid-November, the non-heated park restrooms are closed due to the increased risk of frozen pipes. At this time, the restrooms at Rich Weiss Park, Emerald Park, Howelsen Hill Ballfields, Whistler Park, West Lincoln Park, the Rodeo Grounds, Yampa River Botanic Park and Little Toots Park have been closed for winter. For active cold weather recreationalist, the Bear River Park, Fetcher Park and Howelsen Hill Lodge restrooms will remain open through the winter season.
Many mountain bike trails on Emerald Mountain are now closed to due to wet and muddy conditions. A number of trails will reopen for fat-tire biking once additional snow provides sufficient coverage for winter riding use. Please help protect our incredible mountain trail system by being aware of trail closures and conditions.
Snowmaking operations fired up in force at Howelsen Hill this week as conditions hit prime temperatures. Howelsen Park users should understand that ski area crews will be on the mountain at all times and equipment could be encountered any time during the early season. Crews will begin to accumulate essential machine-made snow in key areas across the ski area and rodeo arena and the public is asked to stay out of these areas.
In addition for ski area operations, the city will be making snow for several early season competitions including Winter Start (a ski jumping and Nordic combined event), the USASA Alpine Snowboard Event, Snowboard Race to the Cup, the return of the International Continental Cup and the Murphy Roberts Holiday Classic as well as stockpiling snow for Winter Carnival. Your cooperation is essential in allowing snowmaking crews to take full advantage of temperatures and weather conditions.
As an added reminder, sledding at Howelsen Hill is not permitted. With various heavy equipment, snowmaking and event materials spread across the facility, along with unmarked hazards during early season, public sledding is not accommodated at the ski area.
Howelsen Hill Ski Area is scheduled to open for the 2018/19 season on November 24, 2018 (conditions permitting). Howelsen Hill offers affordable season pass options for individuals and families looking for all-access, alpine or Nordic passes to the historic ski area. Purchase your season pass by November 17 to ensure the lowest price available. Season passes may be purchased online at www.steamboatsprings.net/ski, or at the ski area concession stand.
Brad Setter, Open Space & Trails, Rodeo and Howelsen Hill Supervisor, 970.871.7035 or email
Scott Glynn, Concession Stand Crew Leader, 970.879.8499 or email
Ernie Jenkins, Parks Supervisor, 970.871.7025 or email