Steamboat Auctions Historic Priest Creek Lift Chairs

As Steamboat Ski Resort moves full steam ahead with revitalization projects at the resort, it has also started the removal of Priest Creek lift by beginning to take the chairs off the line on August 18. SSRC has long planned to remove the Priest Creek lift, the oldest chairlift at Steamboat Ski Resort installed in 1972, as the lifts parts are outdated and no longer supported. Instead of having the lift stand dormant, the resort will be taking advantage of crew availability and favorable weather to begin the removal process. Priest Creek lift operated zero days last year and six days over the past three years, and its removal is not expected to impact daily operations.
The public will have a chance to own this special piece of Steamboat Ski Resort history, as the resort will auction chairs with plans for the proceeds to be given to local nonprofit organizations chosen as part of a special selection process. The chairs will be up for auction online from August 24 to 27. All chairs awarded through the auction must be picked up in person on September 10 from 8 am to 12 p.m. Chairs will not be shipped, delivered, or stored beyond this time frame. Funds collected from the auction will go to the Wildlife Habitat Improvement- Local District (WHILD) through the Yampa Valley Community Foundation and the following nonprofit organizations:
  • Bud Werner Library
  • CMC Foundation
  • Come As You Are/Breaking Bonds
  • Grand Futures
  • Heeling Friends
  • High Altitude Basketball
  • Housing First Alliance of Craig
  • Humane Society of Moffat County
  • Mountain Valley Horse Rescue
  • Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA
  • Opera Steamboat
  • Routt County 4-H Council
  • Routt County Riders
  • South Routt Education Endowment
  • Steamboat Creates
  • Steamboat Dance Theater
  • Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association
  • Steamboat Reading
  • Young Tracks
  • Family Development Center/Discovery Learning Center/Newborn Network
  • Hayden Totally Kids
  • Northwest Colorado Center for Independence
  • Yampa River Botanic Park
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