Steamboat Ski Area reports that the mountain saw nearly 19,000 night skiers during its first season under the lights.  Last Tuesday night marked the first time the ski area has publicly disclosed how many skiers and riders the new lights on the lower mountain attracted to Steamboat.

The ski area offered night skiing on about 50 nights of the season, which reflects an average of about 380 skiers per night. 

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association CEO Tom Kern also wrote in support of night skiing, saying it “has definitely had a positive impact on all the businesses that surround the base area.”  Business owners report boosted sales which are associated with the night skiing.

Tuesday’s update was a requirement under the City Council’s approval of night skiing last year.  Before it was approved, several base area condominium owners and some other residents here said they were concerned about the impact of the new lights. But there are no reports of any complaints about night skiing. Next ski season, night skiing will be expanded from three nights per week to five nights.

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