Long after Olympic breakthrough, Billy Kidd still the king in Steamboat Springs

A statue of Billy Kidd stands in the base area Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, at Steamboat Resort. Kidd and teammate Jimmie Heuga were the first American men to win a medal in an alpine sport at the Olympics in 1964 when Kidd took the silver and Heuga the bronze in the slalom at Innsbruck. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

Skiers and riders, get your bids ready! 30 old trail signs from Steamboat Ski Resort are up for auction.

Powder fans will now have a chance to grab a slice of Steamboat history this ski season with the Trail Sign Auction. Most bids are already climbing toward $1,000, with a few having already surpassed it. Among the highest are the “Why Not” trail sign set at $1,310, “Chutes 1,2, & 3 Deso’s” trail sign at $1,000, and “Vogue” trail sign for $990.

The auction closes Thursday, October 31 at 11:59 pm and proceeds benefit Steamboat Ski Resort’s Environmental Fund at the Yampa Valley Community Foundation.

For a second shot at history, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps is auctioning off a rare pair of items including a Steamboat Gondola Cabin and a Bottle of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey from their Sixth Millionth Barrel.

Steamboat will officially open on Saturday, November 23 for the 2019-20 ski season. Famed for its Champagne Powder®, the resort offers 2,965 acres of skiable terrain served by 18 lifts and 169 trails. The resort has received over 30 inches of snow in the last month.

For a full list of opening and closing days for all of Colorado’s ski resorts for the 2019-2020 winter season, click here.

Signs must be picked up in person at the Steamboat Ski Resort Ticket Office from November 4-10. For more details, click here.

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