For the past 22 years, the ski area has donated 80 ski medallions each winter to the Yampa Valley Community Foundation’s (YVCF) Passport Club. Proceeds from these memberships provide operational funding for YVCF and grants to local area nonprofits. Since the program’s inception, over $7million has been raised and distributed to support the needs of the community.
The ski area is at the forefront of efficient snowmaking and grooming. In upgrading its snowmaking, Steamboat installed 250 high-efficiency tower guns that reduce energy consumption by 30 percent and reduced water usage. The resort also purchased new grooming machines that decrease fuel consumption and on-snow time. And this year, SSRC is installing GPS and snow depth sensors on our snowcats. With these new technologies, we can groom even more efficiently, reducing snowmaking, and therefore water and energy use by another 10-15 percent.
The Yampa River is one of Colorado’s last remaining, mostly free-flowing rivers. The ski area, as well as local agriculture, wildlife and our community, rely on this Yampa for our economy and way of life. The Yampa River Fund supports projects that enhance water security, a healthy, flowing river, and improve river function.