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HOWELSEN PARK

MASTER PLAN
DRAFT 1.0
OCTOBER 24, 2014


TableofContents

Introduction

CurrentInputExistingConditions

MapofHowelsenPark

CurrentInputPublicEngagement

PublicSurvey/Poll

Recommendations

EstimatedCapitalCostsandOperatingCosts

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Introduction

HowelsenParkhasbeenapartofSteamboatSpringsandnorthernColoradosincetheearly1900s.The
161acrepark(CityGIS)hostsavarietyofrecreationalopportunitiesthatresidentsandguestscontinue
toenjoy.HowelsenHillhasplayedamajorroleinshapingthehistoryofSteamboatSprings.

HowelsenHillSkiAreaisknownasoneoftheearliestsitesforcompetitiveskijumpingintheUnited
Statesandisalsooneoftheoldestmunicipallyownedskiareasinthecountry.Howelsenalsoplayshost
tonationalrodeoeventsattheRomickArena;HowelsenIceArenaservesasthehomeiceforthe
SteamboatSpringsHighSchoolHockeyTeamandothericesports.TheparkalsohostsTripleCrown
SportswherehundredsofteamscompeteeachsummerintheTripleCrownWorldSeries.InAugustof
2014,HowelsenHillandtheSteamboatcommunityplayedhosttotheInternationalMountainBicycling
Association(IMBA)Conferenceandmanytrailsattheparkwereusedbyamateursandprofessional
cyclistsalike.Itistrulyayearroundplayground.

InAprilof2014,theCityofSteamboatSprings(City)embarkedonamasterplanningeffortthatwould
identifyexistingusesatthepark,meetwithcommunitystakeholdersandfocusgroupstoidentifythe
opportunitiesandconstraintsofthepark,engagethepublicthroughmeetingsandanemailandonline
survey,andprovideatenyearvisionforthepark.

Process

ItisimportanttounderstandpreviousplanningeffortsatHowelsenPark,capturenewdataand
information,andformulaterecommendedactionsatthepark.Belowisalistofmasterandstrategic
planningdocumentsthathaveaddressedthepark.

PreviousPlanningEfforts

Thecityhasproducedplanssince1990thathaveincludedHowelsenParkinitsdiscussionandanalysis.
Belowisasynopsisofknownplanningeffortsthathavebeenincludedinthiscurrentanalysisof
HowelsenParkstartingoutwiththeinitial1990HowelsenHillMasterPlan.

2011CityofSteamboatSpringsEconomicStrategy

ThisbroadbaseddocumentaddressedeconomicstrategiesthatwouldpromotetheCityofSteamboat
Springsinareasincludingairtravel,businessdevelopment,waterrightsfirming,partnershipswithlocal
groups,streamliningcityprocessesandleveragingcommunityassetsandresources;includingHowelsen
ParkandHill.

Somerecreationbasedhighlightsofthestrategyinclude:

Completeadeferredmaintenanceinventoryandbudgetannuallytoaddresstheissueswitha
goaltoresolveallissueswithinthenextfifteen(15)years
Establishapolicyofrequiringthefundingoforplanforfundingongoingoperationsand
maintenancecostsfornewcapitalconstructionpriortoconstruction
PartnerwiththeWinterSportsClubonHowelsenimprovements
Continuetosupportspecialeventfunding
FollowthroughontheAreaMasterPlanandconnecttrailsandsidewalks
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Developandpromotenonskiseasonactivities
BikeTownUSAisafocus;applyfortheColoradoRegionalTourismActTIF
Continuetosupportsummerspecialevents,satisfythetermsoftheTripleCrowncontractand
pursueotherevents

2009CityofSteamboatSpringsParksandRecreationMasterPlan

Thismasterplanlookedcomprehensivelyatparksandrecreationservicesinthecity.Inadditionto
Strategy9.3whichstatedtoPrepareNewMasterPlansforKeyParksandFacilities,including
Howelsen,theplanidentifiedkeysubjectareastoaddress.

Strategy4.1UnderstandingHowParkMaintenanceDollarsareSpent:formulationofa
MaintenanceGuidelinesandProceduresManualshouldbeundertaken(currentlyunderway)
Strategy4.2DetermineTrueCostofSpecialEventSupport:withover3,000hoursannually
spentonprovidingsupportforspecialeventsannually,thedepartmentshouldarticulatethe
costoftheseeventsandtheirimpactsonannualbudgets(currentlyunderway)
Strategy5.1ResearchPotentialTraditionalFundingOpportunities:theplancallsforexploring
communitywillingnessforadedicatedtaxtosupportparksandrecreationprogramsand
services
Strategy5.2PursueAlternativeFundingtoImplementtheMasterPlan:thegoalseeksto
identifyopportunitiestoincreasecommunitysupportandrevenueopportunitiessuchasgrants,
partnerships,sponsorshipsandvolunteers
Strategy6.1EnhanceRecreationalOpportunitiesforIdentifiedPopulations:stepsinclude
consideringfutureactivitiesandevents(nonsport)foradultpopulationsandresearchthe
feasibilityofateenfriendlyfacilitycoincidingwiththeproposedadditionattheIceArenawhich
wouldincludeconcessions,agameroom,interactiveplayareasandotheramenities
Strategy6.2ContinueAssessmentofCurrentRecreationFacilityConditionandConduciveness:
actionstepcallsforevaluationandadequacyofrecreationalspacesincludingspacelimitations
totypesofactivitiesthatcanbeprovided,healthandsafetyconcerns,storagelimitationsand
otherspacecharacteristicsthatadverselyaffectrecreationalprogramprovision
Strategy9.2BringExistingParksuptoStandards:lowfacilityscoreswerefoundatthe
playgroundsatHowelsenParkandtheneedforyearroundrestroomfacilitieswere
recommendedfordevelopmentsinceSteamboatSpringsisayearroundoutdoorcommunity
Strategy9.4AddNewParksandFacilities:intheactionsteps,bulletthree,plannersindicated
thatcoordinationwithdevelopersandothersshouldbeinitiatedtoidentifyopportunitiesto
createnewcommunityparkfacilitiesandconsidermovingsomeexistingcomponentsoutofthe
downtownarea(someoftheballfieldsandsportsfields)

2009HowelsenHillRodeoFacilityMasterPlan

NorrisDesignwasretainedin2009toproduceamasterplanfortherodeofacility.Theplanproduceda
redevelopmentprogramthatfocusedonanimalandparticipantsafetyandreorganizedandenhanced
existingfeaturestomakethefacilitymoreuserfriendly.

Highlightsoftheplanincludereconfiguringtheprimaryandwarmuparenas,upgradingseating
throughoutthefacility,improvingparkingatthesite,creatingapedestrianfriendlyplazaareafor
concessionsandpatrons,providingnewchuteandpinareasforanimaluse,andredevelopingscoring
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andannouncerareas.The$4.3millionprojecthasreceivedaGreatOutdoorsColorado(GOCO)grant
focusedonthechutesandpinareasandhasothersafetyprojectsunderway.

2008SteamboatSpringsAreaOpenSpaceandTrailsMasterPlan(OSTMP)

TheOSTMPprovidesadetailedinventoryoftheCitysexistingopenspaceandtrails
resources.Additionally,itprovidesdirectionforthefutureimprovement,expansionandmanagement
ofthoseresourceswithgoalsandstrategies.Avisionforopenspaceandtrailswasformalized,
opportunityareaswereidentifiedforfuturepreservationandrecommendationsweremadeforatrail
classificationsystemtoguideafunctionalinterconnectedtrailsystemwithintheprojectarea.

TheOSTMPnotedthatOpenSpaceandTrailsiswidelysupportedbythecommunityyetthereisnota
dedicatedfundingsourcetoprovideareliablerevenuestreamforacquisition,managementand
maintenanceoftheseresources.EmeraldMountainishometoapproximately29milesoftrailsand
over1000acresofconservedand/ormanagedopenspace.

2007StrategicTransitionPlanforYouthandTeenPrograms

Thisinternalstrategicplanfocusedonprevious,current(asof2007)andpotentialyouthandteen
programmingcapabilitiesoftherecreationdivisionanditsuseofcityandpartnerfacilities.Theplan
includedprogramparameterswhichincludedthescopeofprogramsthatareprovidedatTheIglooand
otherpartnerfacilitiesandanylicensurerequirementsthatproposedprogramsmusthaveforfuture
consideration.

Optionsconsideredincluded:

RetainingTheIglooandremodelthefacilityuntilamorepermanentfacilityisbuilt
MoveprogramstoschoolsandcontinuesatelliteTeenPrograms
DeveloptheproposedRecreationCenterandusespacesforyouthandteenprogramming
BuildtheadditionalphaseoftheIceArenaandincludetransitionalspaceforyouthandteen
programming
PurchasenewmodularbuildingstoreplaceTheIgloo

TheplanincludednextstepsforupgradingTheIgloountilamorepermanentsolutionissetinmotion.

2004HowelsenParkBallfieldMasterPlanReport

Thisreportprovidesdirectionforimprovementstothesoftball/baseballfieldsatHowelsenPark.The
improvementsscheduledwouldbefundedbytheincreasedsalestaxrevenuecollectedbytheCityof
SteamboatSpringsfromlocalactivitiesgeneratedbyTripleCrownSports(TCS).AmericanCivil
Constructors(ACC),theconsultantgroup,providedalistofsystemwideimprovementsandindividual
fieldupgrades.Thereportstatedthatitdoesnotaddressanylongrangemasterplanningrelativetore
arrangingfieldsorparking.

Systemwideimprovementsincludedanewirrigationmainlinefromthepumphousetoeachfieldas
wellasupgradingcontrollers.Theseupdateswouldallowforbetterirrigationcoverageandmore
efficientoperationsofwateruseatthefields.


IndividualfieldupgradesincludedextendingAdamsandSimillionfieldsfencingtoallowformore
competitiveplay,improvedrainage,updatefencingandprovidebetterlighting.VanattaandKlumker
fieldsarelimitedwithexpansionopportunitiesandrecommendationscenteredonimproveddrainage
andnewfencing.

2004SteamboatSpringsAreaCommunityPlan

ChapterEightoftheplanaddressesOpenSpace,RecreationandTrailsintheCity.Thereportstatesthat
keycommunityfacilitiesarealsoinneedofupgradingandnewneedshaveemerged.Amongthese
needsarepurchaseofadditionalopenspace,developmentofadditionalpedestrian/bicycletrails,
improvementstotheHowelsenSportsComplexandayouthactivity/recreationcenter.

1990HowelsenHillMasterPlan

SnoEngineeringfromParkCitycompletedamasterplanin1990thataddressedkeyareasatthepark.
Theyincluded:

ProvideavarietyofAlpine,Nordicandfreestylejumpingforskiersandjumpers
Expandopportunitiestoallabilitylevels
Upgradethebaseareaparkingandfacilities,includingparking,landscaping,circulationand
buildrelationships

Therecommendationsfortheplancoveredimprovementstoskiliftsandtrails,enhancingskijump
areas,addingabobsled/lugetrack,andaddinganAlpineslide.Theplanrecommendationsalsoincluded
expandingtheHowelsenLodgetoincludeamuseum,buildingarollerskiingtrainingarea,buildinga
poolforfreestylejumpingandforsummeruse,developingacoverediceskatingrink,andcreatingan
amphitheaterarea.


CurrentInputExistingConditions

HowelsenParkisa161acreregionalparkandopenspacethatfeaturesavarietyofpassiveandactive
recreation.Theparkfeaturesmanysportareas,asshownonthemaponthefollowingpage,andtiesin
manyfamilyplayareasfornoncompetitiveactivities.TheparkisbestknownforHowelsenHill;an
AlpineandNordicskicomplexthathashostedOlympicathletes,numerousskievents,bikingseries,the
freesummerconcertsandishometotheSteamboatSpringsWinterSportsClub(SSWSC).Thehillarea
hasalodgethatfeaturesOlympianHall;alargemeetingroomthatcanberentedbythepublic,the
wintertubinghill,AlpineSlide,thePomaLiftandchairlift.Thelightedskihill,whichboastsskijumping
atdifferinglevelsofdifficultyandlengthisopentothepublicinseason.TheAlpineSlideisasummer
activitywhichisrunbytheSSWSC.

AnotherhighlightoftheparkistheHowelsenHillrodeofacilityandBrentRomickArena.Thefacility
playshosttovariousrodeocircuitsfromJunethroughthefirstweekofSeptember.Thefacilityhasan
existingfacilitymasterplanthatcallsforapproximately$4.3millioninimprovements.Thecityhas
partneredwiththeSteamboatSpringsRodeoBoardthispastyeartomakesafetyimprovementstothe
pensandgatesandhopestoprovideadditionalimprovementstothearenagroundsin2015.

Fourlightednaturalturfbaseball/softballfieldsarelocatedatthepark.Thefieldshostmanylocal
leagues,recreationprograms,andannuallyprovideahomefortheTripleCrownSportsbaseball
tournamentandworldseries.Thefieldscanbeusedforothersports,likeyouthsoccerandalsoserveas
Nordicskitrailsinthewintermonths.

TheHowelsenIceArenaisanindoorfacilitythathasanOlympicsizedicesheet,lockerfacilities,skate
rentaldesk,retailshop,andlobbyarea.TheArenaofferspublicskate,stickandpucksessions,special
events,skatingandhockeylessons,andnumerousleagues.Thefacilityacquiredicebumpercarsin2013
andtheuseofthesecarshasincreasedovertheyear.

Theparkfeaturesmanycourtareasforthepublictoenjoy.Lightedtennisandsandvolleyballcourtsare
locatedincloseproximitytoalargepavilion,playground,theskiareaandbaseballfields.Thetennis
courtswererecentlypaintedtoallowforpickleballandsandvolleyballleaguesandplayhaveincreased
overthepastyear.

Thehillareaoffersnumeroustrailsforbiking,hiking,Nordic,orleisurewalking.In2014,thecityadded
anadditional4.2mileMorningGloriaTrailtoHowelsenHill.Theadditionofthistrailincreasedthe
singletracktrailofferingsattheparkandallowsforuserstohavemoreareasforspecializedtrailusage.
Moretrailsegmentsareproposedas2AAccommodationsTaxmoniesareallocatedtoimproveorcreate
trailsthroughoutthecity,includingHowelsen.

ABMXparkandskateparkarelocatedatthewesternedgeofthepark.Theparkisfreetothepublic
andhostslessonsandevents.Asmallgazeboandparkingareaislocatedincloseproximitytothe
amenities.

Horsestables,locatednearthehillandtherodeogroundsoffertrailridesthroughaprivate
concessionaire.Recentestimatesshowasmallincreaseinannualridershipatthestablesandthestables
areinneedofupgrade.Staffprimarilyturnsonwaterfortheseasonthenwinterizesthefacilityforthe
concessionaire.

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Concessionandrestroomfacilitiesarehousedindifferentlocationsthroughouttheparkandareclosed
duringthewintermonths.The9thInningBuildinghasaconcessionandrestroomarea,therodeo
groundshasconcessionsandrestroomsforeventsandthelodgeandicearenahasvendingand
restroomfacilitiesforusers.


CurrentInputPublicEngagement

Thismasterplanningeffortwasfocusedongeneratingasmuchpublicinputaspossibleandmakethe
documentpubliclydriven.Fromtheoutset,theprojectteamdesiredtoengageusers,potentialuser
groups,downtownmerchants,civicorganizations,andthegeneralpublictoidentifyexistingusesatthe
park.ThelistbelowidentifieswhatusescurrentlyoccuratHowelsenPark.

AlpineSkiOperations

Baseball/Softball/Kickball
Equestrian

NordicSkiing

Tennis/Pickleball

IceSports

Tubing

AlpineSlide

Mountain/FatBiking

Hiking

PlaygroundUse

Picnicking

Jogging/Walking

Rodeo

Concerts

Volleyball

Slacklining

NatureViewing

OlympianHallEvents

CorporateOutings

Soccer

YouthCamps

WinterSportsClub

SpecialEvents(4thofJuly)

Afteridentifyingwhatusesoccurredatthepark,theprojectteamthenidentifiedpotential
stakeholders/groups(seebelow).Thefollowingindividualsororganizationswerecontactedinorderto
meettodiscussthepark,itsopportunities,challenges,whatmadetheparkthecommunitygemitisand
whatthreatshaveorcouldimpactHowelsenParkslongtermsustainability.Thequestionsaskedare
showninAppendixA.

SteamboatSpringsWinterSportsClub(SSWSC)
SombreroStables
NordicCouncil

ColoradoMountainCollege
MainStreetSteamboat

TripleCrownSports
SteamboatTennisCommittee

SustainabilityCouncil
RouttCountyRiders(RCR)

RodeoBoard

TeenCouncil
FreeConcertSeries
SkateboardAlliance

BMXParkRiderGroups
YouthProgramUsers

SteamboatSpringsLittleLeague
SteamboatSpringsHighSchool(SSHS)

DiscGolfUserGroups
SteamboatSpringsChamberResortAssociation
FriendsoftheYampa
STARS(AdaptiveRecreation)

ParkProgramGroups
IRAC

YouthHockeyGroups
ParkVendors

SteamboatHistoricalCommission

Staffmetwiththesegroupsoverathreeweekperiod.

StakeholderMeetingFindingsSummary

StakeholdersoverwhelminglyfeelthatHowelsenParkiscentraltothecommunityandanhistoricpart
ofSteamboatSprings.Individualsstatedthatitsproximitytodowntown,theYampaRiver,and
abundanceofrecreationopportunitiesmakesitthecoreofthecity.

Stakeholdersfavorskiing,icearenaactivities,theconcertseries,mountainbiking,hiking,andfield
sportsasthemostwidelyusedactivities.Thetennis/pickleballcourts,sandvolleyballareaand
playgroundwerealsomentionedasgreatplacestorecreateorhangout.Mostpeopledonotusethe
horsestables,BMXparkorskatepark.
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Amajorityofstakeholdersfeelthattheparkiswellmaintainedbutthattheinfrastructureisinneedof
upgrades.Stakeholdersaddedthattheparkneedstoreflectthevaluesofthecityandthatupdatesto
theparkneedtobedonerightandwithhighquality.Peoplefavoredenhancingtheskihillareawith
lightingandbetterlifts,moretrailheadaccesstothearea,asecondsheetofoutdooricewithadditional
meeting/programrooms,andbetterwayfindingthroughoutthepark.Individualsfeltthatmore
sponsorships,adedicatedfundingsourceandenhancedfoodandbeverageofferingscouldhelpfund
operationsandimprovements.Amajorityofstakeholdersfeltthatthefeesforuseoftheparkwere
inexpensiveandthatsomeactivitiesorrentalfeescouldberaised.

Somestakeholdersbelievethattherodeogroundsareanimportantpartofthecityanditsheritagebut
areunderutilized.Somestatedthateventscouldhappeninthearenaorintheparkinglotadjacent.
Manybelievedthattheexistingmasterplanfortherodeoshouldbecompletediffundsareavailable.

SomestakeholdersmentionedthatthereisaperceptionthattheSSWSCmanagedthemountaininthe
wintermonthsandcontrolledaccesstothehill.Somealsobelievethatcitypartners,liketheSSWSCand
TripleCrownforexample,shouldcontributemoretotheoperationsofthepark.Theenhanced
contributionswouldfurthereffortstobettertheinfrastructureoftheparkandmakethegroups
investorsinthefutureofthepark.

Peoplebelievethattheamenitiesattheparkneedtobemarketedmoresopeopleareawareofwhatis
offeredatHowelsen.SeveralindividualsmentionedthatguestswhovisitSteamboatSpringshavebeen
surprisedtolearnwhattheparkhastoofferandthatmorecoordinatedmarketingeffortswithother
partnersshouldbeenhanced.

PublicMeetingFindingsSummary

OnMay15,2014,apublicmeetingwasheldatOlympianHall.Attendeesstatedthatthelocationof
HowelsenParkisidealforavarietyofrecreationopportunitiesandthatitiscentraltothecommunity.
Peoplestatedthatfamilies,sportsteams,teens,andthepublicenjoytheparksamenitiesandviewsyear
round.

Duringthemeetingpeoplestatedthatthelackofmoneytoimproveexistinginfrastructureandmaintain
theparkisthebiggestthreattothewellbeingofthepark.Peopleidentifiedthatadedicatedtax,special
taxingdistrictforparksandhaveuserspaymoreforservicesshouldbeexplored.Attendeesfeelthat
secondhomeownersdonotpaytheirfairshareforparksandrecreationatHowelsenandinthecity.

Localeventsandleaguesneedtobebettermarketedtoattractresidentsandgueststothepark.People
alsofeelthatnewdownhillmountainbikingtrailsandanindoorrecreationfacilitywouldbenefitthe
park.Conversely,peoplealsostatedthatexistingrecreationamenitiesatthepark,liketheskatepark,
horsestables,andpossiblysomesportsfieldscouldberelocatedtootherlands.Someattendeesfeel
thatHowelsendoesnothavetohavealltherecreationopportunitiesitcurrentlyprovides.

FocusGroupSummary

OnJune10,2014,thedepartmentconvenedindividualstoparticipateinfocusgroupstodiscuss
opportunitiesandchallengesatHowelsenPark.Individualswereposedshortquestionsregardingthe
importanceofimprovingexistingconditionsversusaddingnewfacilitiesatthepark,rankingexisting
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amenitiesandwhatareasshouldbeimproved,andhowtopayforupgradestoinfrastructureand
maintenance.Participantswerethenaskedtoparticipateinaplacemakingexercisetolocatefuture
amenitiesatthepark.

Allthegroupsidentifiedtheskihillandhistoricalaspectsoftheparkasthemostvaluableamenitiesat
thepark.Theparticipantsalsovaluedtheyearroundamenitiesavailableattheparkandthatprograms
andactivitieswereeconomical.Allgroupsmentionedthattheparkwaswellmaintainedbutthe
infrastructurewasinneedofimprovement.

Whenmakingimprovementstothepark,thecityshoulddoitrightandmaketheparkworldclass.
Someitemssuggestedinclude:

LightingMileRunandimprovetheliftsandsnowmaking
Addasecondsheetofoutdooriceadjacenttotheexistingicearena
Improverecyclinginthepark
Maketheskilodgeatruelodge;addarestauranttothelocation
Addanindoorrecreationcenterthatcouldbeusedforbasketball,volleyballandpickleball
Completethe2009RodeoMasterPlan
Relocatesomeofthefieldsattheparktoanewlocationoutsideofthecity
AddaNordiccenter
Improvetrailheadareaswithbetterparkingandwayfinding
Increasetheamountofsandvolleyballcourtsatthepark
Renovatetheplayground

Participantswereaskedhowtheimprovementscouldbefunded.Thepreferredmethodwastocreatea
parksandrecreationdistrictwithhavingadedicatedpropertytaxcominginsecond.

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PublicSurvey/Poll

DuringlateJunethroughJuly21,thecitysoughtpublicinputthroughanemailsurvey.Thisemailsurvey
wassenttoarandomsampleofthecitypopulation.Duringthesubmissionperiod,thesurveyfeedback
didnotreachtheleveltobestatisticallyvalidandwasopenedtothegeneralpublicthroughthecity
websiteandSteamboatToday.Whenthepublicpollingclosed,592responseswerereceived.

ProgramParticipation

Thefirstquestionaskedwas,Howoftendoyouand/oryourfamilyusethefacilitiesatHowelsenPark?

2-3 times a Week (if in season)


Howelsen Bike/Hike
Trails

241

117

Howelsen Ice Arena

59

234
127
344

147

349

97

396
462

Howelsen Tennis Courts 15 52

153

Howelsen Rodeo Arena 14 44

337
271

225

87

Howelsen Alpine Slide 8 29

416
293

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Howelsen Horse Stables 5 48
10

Never

145

277

Howelsen Igloo Center 2110 55

Howelsen Tubing 4

151

127

Howelsen Sand
24 37
Volleyball

Howelsen Skate Park 11 40

134

179

66

Howelsen Ball Fields 26 56

Howelsen BMX Park 21 40

66
32

90

Monthly (occasionally)

138

209

Howelsen Ski Hill

Olympian Hall

Weekly (if in season)

225
490

202

337

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Thethreemostpopularactivities/venuesattheparkaretheBike/HikingTrails,SkiHillandIceArena.
Theleastpopular/neverusedactivitiesincludetheHorseStables,theIglooandtheSkatePark.

FacilityRating

RespondentswereaskedtoratetheoverallqualityofthefacilitiesatHowelsenPark.Ofthetotal
responses,53%selectedgoodqualityand17%ratedthefacilitiesashighquality.Thesurveyfirm
indicatedthat,basedonpreviousstudies,theresearchteambelievesthatHowelsenParkhasagood
overallperceptionwithinthecommunity.

2%

17%
Highquality

28%

Goodquality

Varies

Poorquality

53%

BarrierstoUse

RespondentswereaskedwhatmaypreventthemfromusingHowelsenParkorifpeoplebelongtoother
groupsthatproviderecreation.Thetopresponse(33%)wasthatpeoplebelongtoother
groups/facilitiesthatproviderecreation(OldTownHotSprings),theparklackscertainamenitiescame
insecond(29%),andthatpeoplearenotawareofprograms/activitiesavailableatthepark(23%).

Respondentsweregiventheoptiontoelaborateonwhatamenitiesmaybelackingorstatewhat
barrierstherearetousingHowelsen.Outof80totalresponses,theresearchteamfoundthat
approximatelysevenresponsesmentionedthattheSteamboatSpringsWinterSportsClubmakesthe
facilitydifficulttouseandfivecommentsmentionedtheneedforseparatepedestriantrailsthatwould
notallowbiking.Otheritemsmentionedincludedtheneedfornicercourts/indoorfacilities,aneedfor
morelocalpublicuseatfieldareas,andademandforincreasedicetimeattheicearena.

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LevelofNeed

Much Needed

Probably Not Needed

Somewhat Needed

Uncertain

Definitely Not Needed

Improve Ski Hill conditions with better lifts, better


lighting and a terrain park

187

Add an indoor gymnasium with court space for


basketball, volleyball, pickleball and space for an
indoor climbing wall, track and teen/youth center

177

167

85

127

67

106

56

37

72

Create a Nordic Center

141

153

134

57

49

Update Olympian Hall and improve customer's


experience with concessions and storage lockers

134

177

108

69

44

Improve trail and trail access points

128

200

96

Add a second outdoor ice/roller rink with snack


bar and party/meeting rooms

120

Create an outdoor amphitheater at the base of


Howelsen Ski Area

109

119

181

Upgrade chair lifts that would provide bike


access via the lift

89

137

Align sports fields to be more compatible for


baseball, softball, soccer and lacrosse play

89

142

Complete the Rodeo Arena Master Plan

81

Enhance sand volleyball courts and playground


area
Remove the skate park
Add more tennis courts that could be used for
pickleball

48

Improve Horse Stables 30 44

100

109

52

74

128

110

240

57

67

163

173

78

98

200

213

31

78

187

124

97

89

117

111

39 34

37

129

77

67

70

131

121

106

106

110

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Belowarethetopfiveselectedasmostneeded,thetopfivesomewhatandmuchneededandfive
definitelynotneededitems.

Topfivemostneeded:
ImproveSkiHillconditionswithbetterlifts,betterlightingand
aterrainpark
Addanindoorgymnasiumwithcourtspaceforbasketball,
volleyball,pickleballandspaceforanindoorclimbingwall,
trackandteen/youthcenter
CreateaNordicCenter
UpdateOlympianHallandimprovecustomer'sexperiencewith
concessionsandstoragelockers
Improvetrailandtrailaccesspoints

187responses
177responses

141responses
134responses
128responses

TopfivesomewhatANDmuchneeded:
ImproveSkiHillconditionswithbetterlifts,betterlightingand
aterrainpark
Improvetrailandtrailaccesspoints
UpdateOlympianHallandimprovecustomer'sexperiencewith
concessionsandstoragelockers
Addanindoorgymnasiumwithcourtspaceforbasketball,
volleyball,pickleballandspaceforanindoorclimbingwall,
trackandteen/youthcenter
CreateaNordicCenter

354responses
328responses
311responses
304responses

294responses

Topfivedefinitelynotneeded:

Removetheskatepark
ImproveHorseStables
Upgradechairliftsthatwouldprovidebikeaccessviathelift
Addmoretenniscourtsthatcouldbeusedforpickleball

131responses
110responses
109responses
106responses

Addasecondoutdoorice/rollerrinkwithsnackbarand
party/meetingrooms

78responses

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StatementAgreement/Disagreement

Nexttheresearchteamasked,Pleaseindicateifyouagree,disagreeordonotknowaboutthe
followingstatementsregardingHowelsenPark.

Agree

Disagree

Do not know

I feel safe when visiting the park

97%

I feel that I have good access to the park

93%

I support the citys effort to improve


Howelsen Park

6%

88%

I feel the park is well maintained

5%7%

84%

I feel that locals can use the park when


they choose

10% 6%

79%

I feel the infrastructure and facilities at


the park are up-to-date
I feel the fees for programs/activities are
too high

2%

30%

55%

23%

I feel the fees for rentals are too high 10%

16% 5%

44%

40%

16%

33%

50%

Overall,peoplefeelthatHowelsenParkissafe,wellmaintained,usershavegoodaccessandthey
supportthecityseffortstomakeimprovementstothepark.Themajorityofrespondentsbelievethe
feesforprogramsarenottoohigh.Themostsignificantresultofthissurveyquestionisthat55%donot
feeltheinfrastructureandfacilitiesattheparkareuptodate.

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CapitalFundingPreferences

Respondentswereasked,Whichmethodoffundingforparkfacilityrenovationsanddevelopment
wouldyouprefer?Theteamfoundthatoverall,35%supportestablishingaregionalorcountyparks
andrecreationdistricttoprovidelongtermfundingforcapitalandoperationsatexistingandfuture
park,openspaceandrecreationfacilities.Thesecondchoicewith22%isestablishingadedicatedsales
taxforHowelsenParkoperationsanddevelopment.Theoptionwiththeleastsupportisinstitutea
propertytaxtofundcapitalprojectsandmaintaintheparkannually.

Establisharegionalorcountyparksandrecreation
districttoprovidelongtermfundingforcapital
andoperationsatexistingandfuturepark,open
spaceandrecreationfacilities

35%

EstablishadedicatedsalestaxforHowelsenPark
operationsanddevelopment

22%

Borrowmoneytomakenecessaryimprovements
andpaybackovera20yearperiod

15%

Idonotsupportanyincreaseinfunding

15%

EstablishadedicatedpropertytaxforHowelsen
Parkoperationsanddevelopment

7%

Instituteapropertytaxtofundcapitalprojectsand
maintaintheparkannually

7%

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ParkRevenueFundingPreferences

Theteamaskedthequestion,Inordertogenerateneededrevenuetoimprovetheparksand
recreationprogramsatHowelsenPark,pleaseindicatealltheoptionsyouwouldsupportforincreasing
funding.ThemajorityofrespondentschoseEnhancefoodandbeverageconcessionsthroughout
HowelsenPark(66%)withIncreasetheamountofsponsorshipsforactivitiesandfestivalsatHowelsen
Parkreceiving64%.

Enhance food and beverage concessions


throughout Howelsen Park

66%

Increase the amount of sponsorships for


activities and festivals at Howelsen Park

64%

Build more facilities that generate revenue


(ex: second sheet of ice, gymnasium)

54%

Provide the ability to have naming rights on


facilities at Howelsen Park

48%

Charge non-county residents a higher rate

47%

Create a recreation pass for use of Howelsen


Park facilities and other city recreation
venues
Increase fees for rentals at the park

Increase program/activity fees at the park

43%

20%

17%

Peoplehadtheoptiontoleavecommentsonideastoraiserevenue.Somerespondentsindicatedthat
somerentalfeesaretoocheapwhileothersfeelthatsomeofthefeesforsomeactivitiesaretoohigh.
ManyindicatedthedesirefortheSSWSCtocontributemoretowardstheoperationsoftheskiarea.
Someindicatedthatthecityshoulduseitsexistingdollarswiselytooperateandmaintainthepark.

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Recommendations

Theprocessforthismasterplanningeffortwascenteredonengagingthepublicandutilizingthese
inputsforparkimprovementrecommendations.ResidentsloveHowelsenParkbecauseofitslocation,
richhistory,andhowitprovidesyearroundrecreationopportunitiestolocalsandguests.Participantsin
themasterplanningprocessdesireanuptodateparkwithworldclassamenitiesthatprovideabalance
ofactiveandpassiverecreationopportunities.

Therecommendationslistedbelowareextensiveandwilltakecoordinatedeffortswithpartnersand
otherfundingsources.Therecommendationsarenotlistedinanyorderofpriorityandareestimates
baseduponcontractorordesignestimatesandguidelinesandstandardsforoperationalcostsand
revenueprojections.ThedepartmentlooksforwardtoengagingtheParksandRecreationCommission
todiscusstheimprovementsandoptionsavailableforfundingtheseproposedenhancements.

TrailImprovements

Notsurprisingly,theuseofHowelsenhikeandbiketrailsaredocumentedinthisplanasthemostused
amenitiesatthepark.Families,groups,andindividualsfromthecommunityenjoythevarietyoftrails
availabletoresidentsandguests.TherecentadditionofMorningGloriaTrailtotheareahasincreased
theavailablemilesoftrailandstakeholderscontinuetodesiremoreterraintohikeandbike.

Focusgroupattendeesmappedoutpreferredlinkagesthatwouldconnectthebaseareaswithexisting
trailsinthesystem.Someparticipantsfavoredthedevelopmentofmoreeasyandintermediatetrailsin
ordertoengagenovicehikersandbikerstothepark.Theseproposedconnectionswouldneedtobe
furtherinvestigatedtominimizeimpactstotheexistingenvironment.

CapitalCost:$5$8perlinearfootdependentuponslopeandwidthoftrail;routetobedetermined
OperationalCosts:$2,000perlinearmileannually

RodeoArena

TheHowelsenRodeoArenacompletedamasterplanningprocessin2009.Theplancalledforan
estimated$4.3millioninimprovements.Inadditiontoaddressinghealthandsafetyneeds,theplancalls
forrealignmentofthetworodeoarenas,improvingtheplazaarea,accessandcirculation
improvements,seatingenhancementsandpossibleupgradestothehorsestablearea,concessions,and
restrooms.

TheCityandtheSteamboatSpringsProRodeoSeriesboardfundedenhancementsin2014which
focusedonthepensandchutesareas.TheCityhasappliedforaGreatOutdoorsColorado(GOCO)grant
tofundforrealignmentofthearenasandenlargingthecompetitionarena.TheCityhopestomove
forwardwiththeseupgradesin2015.

Operationally,stakeholdersduringthemasterplanvoicedthatthearenacouldbeusedmoreduringthe
year.Possibleactivitiesincludedhavingconcertseitheronthearenagroundsorintheparkingareaand
havingwintereventswithbonfiresandaportableskatingrink.Accordingtosomemasterplan
participants,utilizingthegroundsyearroundwouldcreatemorevalueforthecapitalinvestments
plannedforthesite.

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Baseduponpublicfeedbackduringthismasterplanningeffort,theCityshouldfocusoncompletingthe
recommendedupgradeswhenfundsbecomeavailable.Theseeffortsareforecastedtocontinueinto
2020andbeyond.TheCityshouldalsoworkwiththeRodeoSeriesboardandotherpartnersonpossible
waystoenhanceuseandattracteventstothearena.

CapitalCost:Completemasterplan$4million(estimated)
OperationalCosts:tobedetermined;roughstaffestimate$35,000

ReconfiguringFields

Theballfieldcomplexhostsfourlightedbaseball/softballfields.Thesefieldsareusedextensivelybylocal
usergroupsaswellasTripleCrownSportsbaseballeventsinthesummer.Thefieldscanalsobeusedby
soccerteamsandareusedaspartoftheNordicskitrailsysteminthewinter.

Theoveralllayoutofthefieldsisnotcontiguousatthistime.Manystakeholdersmentionedthatthe
sportsfieldcomplexisspreadouttoomuchandencompassesalotofthepark.Someparticipants
mentionedthatthefieldscouldbecondensedandsomegroupsstatedthatthepossibilityofimproving
thefieldswithsyntheticturfwouldbenefitlocalteamsandexpandtheusagetimeofthefieldsand
minimizemaintenanceandwearonthefields.

FocusgroupparticipantsfavoredthedevelopmentofasportsparkoutsideofSteamboatSprings.
Creatingavenuewithmultiusefieldsincloseproximitytotownwouldstillbenefitlocalbusinessesyet
movesometournamentsandleaguestoasportsfocusedvenue.Thefundingforthesportspark
broughtforthvastamountsofdiscussionrelatedtocreatingaparksandrecreationdistrictthatwould
addressrecreationneedsnotonlyinthecitybutregionally.

Aproposedreconfigurationofthebaseballfieldstoageneralmultipurposefielduseissuggested.
VanattaandKlumkerfieldswouldberepurposedfornewrecreationopportunities.AdamsandSimilion
fieldswouldbemadeintoamultipurposefieldareathatwouldbelargeenoughfortwo
soccer/lacrosse/footballfieldsandpossiblythreebaseball/softballfields.Theexistinglightingstructures
couldberepurposedwiththenewfieldconfiguration.Twomodularbattingcagesarealso
recommendedforplacementclosetotheparkinglot/fieldarea.

Ifsyntheticturfisused,theinitialcapitalcostsfordevelopingthesefieldswouldbeestimatedat$2.1
million.Thebenefitsofusingsyntheticsurfacingwouldbetheabilitytoplayonthefieldsduringmore
timesoftheyearand,operationally,thecoststomaintain,irrigateandpreparethefieldswouldbe
reducedapproximately$50,000$60,000annually.

CapitalCosts: Regrade,installsyntheticturf,repurposelighting,siteimprovements;$2.4million(est)
Regrade,installnaturalturf,repurposelighting,siteimprovements;$700,000(est)

Battingcages;$18,000

IndoorRecreationCenter

Numerousparticipantsvoicedthatanindoorrecreationcenterwouldbeabenefityearroundand
generaterevenuesfortheCity.Thediscussionforanindoorrecreationvenuehasbeendiscussedfor
morethanadecadeandwasatonetimeproposedinthecity.Thiseffortfailedand,mostrecently,a
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privategroupsoughttodevelopafieldhouseonSteamboatSpringsSchoolDistrictpropertybutwasnot
endorsedbytheschoolboard.

Duringthepublicpolling/surveyprocess,thedemandforanindoorrecreationcenterrankedasthe
secondmostneededenhancementatthepark.Theproposedcenterwouldincludeindoorbasketball
courtsthatwouldincludeoverlaysforvolleyballandpickleballaswellasanindoorsecondleveljogging
track,meetingrooms,ateencenter,concessionsandclimbingwall.Nowateractivitiesareproposedfor
therecreationcenter.TheproposedlocationiswherethecurrentKlumkerFieldislocated.

$15$16million(est)
CapitalCosts:
OperationalCosts:
Staffing,Utilitiesandmaintenance;$2.8to$3.1millionannually(est)
RevenueRecovery:
Baseduponnationalnormsof75%costrecovery;$2.1to$2.325million
annually

OutdoorTennis/PickleballCourtsandSandVolleyballCourts

Twoactivitiesthathaveseenincreasedusehavebeenpickleballandsandvolleyball.Thecurrent
SteamboatSpringsPickleballAssociationhasseenitsmembershiprisefromapproximately50members
in2013toover120membersin2014.Sandvolleyballteamshaverealizedadramaticincreaseinplay
andthecityplayshosttoaregionaltournamentannuallywhichattractsplayersfromacrossthe
mountainwest.

Theproposedlocationofthecourtswouldbeincloseproximitytotheirexistinglocations.Fourlighted
hardcourttennis/pickleballcourtsandfoursandvolleyballcourtsarerecommendedinthepark.

CapitalCosts:
Tenniscourts,fencing,lighting;$325,000(est)
SandVolleyballcourts,lighting;$153,000(est)costvariesduetodifferentsand
costsanddesiredancillaryitems(shower,waterservice,etc.)
OperationalCosts:
$7,000to$10,000annually

SkiHillandLodgeAreaMaintenanceandImprovements

ManystakeholdersfeelthatHowelsenHillandtheassociatedskiamenitiesarevaluedthemostatthe
park.Inaddition,feedbackshowsthattheinfrastructureattheparkandskiareaisinneedofupdating.
MasterplanparticipantsindicatedthatupgradingMileRunwithsnowmakingandlights,addingaterrain
park,improvingliftsandupdatingtheskilodgeaspreferredsteps.PlannersworkedwiththeSSWSCto
makepreliminaryestimatesofcostsforenhancementsasnotedbelow.Theseestimatesneedtobe
vettedthroughprojectplanningandbids.

StaffattheSSWSChasestimatedthatlightingMileRunwouldcostanestimated$300,000plus
additionalcostsforsiteprepandupdatingtheelectricalinfrastructure.Thelightingsystemwouldbe
similartothestructuresplacedatSteamboatResortandcost1/3lesstooperatethanconventional
lightingsystemsandcauselesslightpollution.Ifenhancedsnowmakingwereincluded,addingthis
capabilitytoMileRun,RidgeRun,TownView,andMountainViewwouldprovidebeginnerand
intermediateaccessversuschallengingTheFace.

SkiliftimprovementsforBarrowsChairLiftwouldcostanestimated$700,000to$1.3million.SSWSCs
estimateisbaseduponacquiringandinstallingaLeitnerPoma4personfixedquadliftsystemwhich
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couldbemodifiedtoacceptbikes.Thesecostsmayvarybaseduponengineering,siteimprovement
needsandinstallationcosts.

Pollingrespondentsandstakeholdersindicatedthatadditionofterrainparkfeatureswouldbeabenefit
tothepark.FreestyleskiingisincreasinginprominenceintheUnitedStatesandmodifyingsomeareas
toincludeparkandpipeofferingscouldimproveskierexperience.TheClubestimatesthecosttoadd
thesefeatures,includingapipecutter,dirtwork,ropetowforterrainparkandairbagforfourseason
useisanestimated$350,000.

Stakeholdersnotedthatanincreaseinamenitieslikeconcessionsandstoragewouldprovideabenefit
attheskilodgeandthroughoutthepark.Publiccommentsindicatedthatpeoplewouldpreferthelodge
tohavetheskifeel,completewithfoodandbeverageandmakeitamorewelcomingsiteforguests.
TherenovatedlodgecouldalsohouseNordictypeofamenities.Contractorshaveestimatedthecostto
renovatethelodgeatapproximately$250persquarefootbutcouldvarybaseduponfinishes.

Therenovationofthelodgewouldenhancetheamenitiestothepublicandwouldalsoallowforthe
SSWSCtorelocateitsownofficeandclubfacilities.Theclubestimatesitwouldneedapproximately
6,000squarefeetofoffice,storageandclubspace(theclubcurrentlyusesapproximately5,200sfplus
OlympianHall).Theproposedlocationisincloseproximityoftheexistingtrainingbuilding.Contractors
estimatethecosttobuildthisfacilityatapproximately$300persquarefoot.

CapitalCosts:$6.05million;willvarybaseduponfinishes,squarefootageofbuildings,terrain
challenges,engineering,prepandsitework
OperationalCosts:tbd;baseduponfacilityfinishesandtypesofequipmentpurchased.Interiorareasare
estimatedat$56$70persquarefoot

SecondSheetofOutdoorIce

Stakeholdersandpollingparticipantsexpressedthedesiretoaddanadditionalsheetofrecreationice
adjacenttotheexistingIceArena.Theexistingsheetoficeisusedextensivelyduringprimetimehours
andpublicskatetimesarelimitedduetoorganizedteameventsandprograms.

Previousplanshaveshownaproposedsecondsheetoficewithassociatedmeetingroomsand
concessions.Theproposedlayoutwouldincludearecreationsizeiceskatingareawithmeetingrooms
whichcouldbeusedforpartiesaswellasalargerconcessionareafortheentireHowelsenIceArena.
Duringsummermonths,thecoveredspacecouldbeusedforrollerhockeyorforlargergrouppicnic
rentals.Parkingwouldbeaccommodatedthroughtheexistingarenahockeyparkinglotandinclude
somerodeoparkingareas.

CapitalCosts:$1.595million;willvarybaseduponroomfinishing,sitepreparation,andfinishedice
capacity
OperationalCosts:$112,000(est)
RevenueRecovery:$135,000annually(est)

ParkingAreas

Thedesiretohaveimprovedparkingandwayfindingwasmentionedthroughoutthemasterplanning
process.InadditiontotheexistingparkingattheRodeoGroundsandIceArena,theplanningteamhas
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estimatedthatapproximately360neworrepositionedparkingspacescouldbeincorporatedintothe
park.Someareasrecommendedinclude:

135realignedspacesadjacenttothemultipurposefieldsandtrailaccesspointsonthenorth
sideofthepark
30parkingspacesadjacenttothelodgeandtenniscourts
198spacesadjacenttotheproposedrecreationcenter,tenniscourts,playgroundandsand
volleyballcourts

Citystaffhasreceivedestimatesthatwouldestimatethecostperspaceat$5,000.Thiscostisexclusive
ofanyparkinglotcostslocatedattheRodeoArena.Theestimatedtotalforparkingspaceconstruction
is$1.8million.

Properwayfindingthroughouttheparkwasnotedasadesireamongststakeholders.Wheninthepark,
thereislimitedsignagedirectingpatronstofields,thehill,orotheramenities.Consultantsestimate
themedsignagethroughouttheparktobe$40,000.

CapitalCosts:$1.8million;mayvarybaseduponsitepreparation.$40,000forsignageinpark
OperationalCosts:Willvarybaseduponannualsnowfall.

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EstimatedCapitalCostsandOperationsCosts

Estimated
OperationalCosts
(Annually)

Project

Description

EstimatedCapital
Cost

TrailImprovements*

Connectamenitiesinteriortothe
parkandonmountainareasto
improvebeginnertrailaccess

$422,400

$20,000

RodeoArena

CompletetheRodeoArenaMaster
Plan

$4,000,000

$35,000

$718,000

$9,000

IndoorRecreationCenter

Repositionfieldstobemulti
purposefields.Alignmentwould
providefortwo
soccer/lacrosse/footballfieldsand
threebaseball/softballfields.
Assumesnaturalturfdevelopment
andreuseofupgradedlights
Developa50,000sfindoor
recreationcenterinclusiveoftwo
indoorfullcourtbasketball,
volleyballandpickleballcourts,
climbingwall,concessions,program
rooms,teencenterandindoortrack

$16,000,000

$3,100,000

OutdoorTennisandSand
VolleyballCourtReconfiguration

Relocateexistingtennisandsand
vollebyallcourtsandincrease
capacityofcourtspace

$478,000

$10,000

$6,050,000

$56,000

$1,595,000

$112,000

ReconfigureSportsFields

SecondSheetofOutdoorCovered
IcewithMeetingRoomsand
Concessions

Renovateexistinglodgetoincludea
more"publicfriendly"lodgewith
dining.Improvementswouldalso
includelightingonMileRun,
improvedsnowmaking,terrainpark
andnewoffice/trainingbuilding
Addarecreationaloutdoorcovered
sizeicesheettothesouthsideof
theexistingarenawithtwo
meeting/partyrooms,restrooms
andconcessions

ParkingImprovements

Addorrenovateanestimated363
parkinglotsattheparkandinclude
improvedwayfindingthroughthe
park

$1,840,000

ProjectEstimates(Total)

$31,103,400

$3,342,000

*Costsmayvarybasedupondistances
(assumed10milesofnewtrail).
Estimatesmayvarybaseduponsite
preparation,finishesanduserdemand.
Parkingcostsbaseduponseasonal
snowfall

SkiHillandLodgeRenovation

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SummaryofRecommendations

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