While the snow piles up in Steamboat, resort crews are making the most of it to open more terrain and lifts this weekend. All trails in the Morningside area, along with four new trails off Thunderhead Express, will open when the Morningside, Thunderhead and Bar-UE lifts start turning on Saturday morning.

With the addition of upper Vagabond, Betwixt, Eagles Nest, Ted’s Ridge and the terrain in Morningside, Steamboat Ski Resort will feature 123 trails, 14 lifts and more than 2,200 acres or nearly 75 percent of terrain. More than 4 feet of snow (49.75 inches) has accumulated at the resort’s mid-mountain location in the month of December so far, with snow falling 13 out of 16 days. Season snowfall at mid-mountain is currently at 95 inches (almost 8 feet), and the most recent storm brought 4.5 inches of snow to mid-mountain and 9 inches at the summit in the past 24 hours. Cold temperatures are expected to move into the area for the weekend, and the forecast is calling for additional snow accumulation.

“This storm brought snow with heavy moisture content,” said Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for Steamboat Ski Resort. “It’s exactly the type of snow we need this time of year to create a solid foundation for the season to come. This weekend’s storm is expected to bring a good amount of snow, which will allow us to open the last few chairlifts and more terrain shortly. While the snow is great for base building, guests should be aware that conditions may be heavier than they are used to.”

The CAIC backcountry avalanche rating is considerable; skiers and riders are reminded to be safe and smart about accessing out-of-bounds terrain. The resort has announced a new out-of-bounds search policy that alerts guests to the fact that areas outside the resort boundary are not patrolled or maintained and that searches involving the Steamboat Ski Patrol may incur at $500 fee per individual.

Uphill access (skinning) is available on all open terrain on the mountain. Please do not access closed trails to allow crews to continue working on opening more terrain. Guests are reminded All Out trail is always closed to the public, including uphill access at all times.

As conditions permit, the resort will continue to open new lifts and trails, including terrain park features. Find updates on new openings, current terrain, trail conditions and more on the resort’s mobile app; social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and online at www.steamboat.com.