CAB sponsoring trip for skiing enthusiasts

By Stephanie Bradley

For those of you who like to jump the bumps, carve your way through new-fallen snow in a deserted back bowl or fly over cornices, NIU’s Campus Activities Board has organized a ski trip to Steamboat Ski Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Deb Larson of CAB said the trip will run from Jan. 1 to Jan. 8. Participants will take a bus which will load at the Holmes Student Center. The trip costs $317 for transportation, five nights’ lodging, a private party and a four-day lift ticket, she said. No meals are included. Vacationers also will have to pay $20 per person as a damage deposit, to be “returned when the condominium has cleared damages,” she said.

Travelers will be staying at the Thunderhead Condominiums, which is “ski in, ski out,” meaning the rooms are located right at the base of the mountain, Larson said. Each condo accommodates six to eight people, and is equipped with kitchen facilities, she said. About 35 people have signed up for the trip.

Larson said while travelers will be allowed to bring their own ski equipment, it is recommended they rent equipment from the resort’s ski shops so their own equipment will not be damaged during the trip.

Steamboat Resort spokesman Heidi Barbee said the resort has three main skiing areas: Mt. Werner, Priest Creek and Sunshine Bowl. She said the area is 31 percent advanced runs, 54 percent intermediate and 15 percent beginner runs, with all types of terrain. All runs are groomed from top to bottom, she said. The area usually has a 40- to 50-inch snow base during January, and has a 3,600-foot vertical drop, Barbee said.

Lift lines are practically nonexistant at the resort, except during Christmas, when there is no more than a 10-minute wait, she said. Lifts include one gondola, one quad chair, seven triple chairs, nine double chairs, one ski school chair and one rope tow, she said. The area averages about 8,000 skiers a day.

Steamboat has an active night life, with 60 bars and restaurants in the town, serving all kinds of food and playing a variety of music. “There are at least seven places that have live bands,” Barbee said.

The town also has a variety of shops, although Steamboat is not as commercial as Aspen and Vail, Colo., she said. There are actually two Steamboat towns, she said. The more modern town lies at the base of the mountain and the old town, which is over 100 years old, is about two miles away, she said.

Steamboat’s lift ticket rates are $32 per day, and $26 for a half-day ticket from noon to 4 p.m. There is a reduced rate for groups, Barbee said. In January the area is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. The area has been open for 26 years.