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The inaugural LIVESTRONG STEAMBOAT Ride 4 Yellow mountain bike event rolled into Steamboat Springs, Colorado, on Sunday, August 8, 2010, raising $300,000 in one day for LIVESTRONG and locally for the Steamboat Springs community. Seven-time Tour de France champion and cycling's most famous rider, Lance Armstrong, along with mountain bike legend, Dave Wiens and Colorado Governor Bill Ritter all helped more than 200 riders raise money in the battle against cancer. The Steamboat Ski Area hosted the finish for the epic 26-mile Divide Ride across the Continental Divide; the route for the Mt Werner Challenge as well as the luncheon, auction and outdoor expo.

When the Christie Peak Express, high-speed, six-passenger chairlift took off for the first time in November 2007, some of the lift's first passengers were members of local non-profit groups, Steamboat Training Adaptive Recreational Sports and Yampa Valley Autism Program. Steamboat Ski Area, together with several local businesses - including Colorado Group Realty, One Steamboat Place, Steamboat Pilot & Today, Duckles Construction, Smartwool and Yampa Valley Medical Center - donated a combined total of $4,000 to these very worthwhile community organizations, while giving representatives from each business a ride on one of the first chairs on the new lift together with a Steamboat Olympian.

During the summer of 2007, Steamboat donated 22 pallets (one full semi-truck) of uniforms (jackets, pants, vests & fleeces) to the Fort Peck Tribes, located in the northeast corner of Montana. There are an estimated 11,786 enrolled tribal members, of whom approximately 6,800 Assiniboine and Sioux live on the Fort Peck Reservation, with another approximately 3,900 tribal members living off the reservation.

Spearheaded by Matt Tredway, a special presentation by Apa Sherpa, the man who has climbed Mt. Everest a record 16 times, was held September 16, 2006 at the Steamboat Grand. The resort was just one of many that helped this event raise $5,000 for the families of three fallen Sherpas. A sherpa family usually lives on $300 per year.

Upon hearing of the 2005 Kashmir earthquake in Northern Pakistan, the resort teamed with the National Ski Areas Association to donate used employee uniforms to earthquake survivors. With tens of thousands of people injured and left homeless from the 7.6 magnitude earthquake, Steamboat was able to donate 18 large boxes of warm coats, fleeces, hats and ski pants to this region, considered to be among the poorest in the world.

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the resort and its employees within hours of the crisis donated more than $12,500 to the American Red Cross. In addition, the company allowed employees to bank vacation for volunteers to the area or donate vacation that would be contributed as cash to the Red Cross or Salvation Army. Steamboat Central Reservations worked with emergency response individuals to provide free or reduced airline tickets. Agents donated their earned airline tickets to those wishing to work in the relief effort. On Sept. 28th, the company held a fundraiser, which raised an estimated $1,600. These are just a few of the programs the company conducted to aid in the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort.

Even though the Tsunami of 2005 hit halfway around the world, the employees of the resort donated $5,000 in cash to the relief efforts to help those affected throughout a dozen countries in the Pacific Rim.

FDNY in April 2002: Local eighth grader, Hallie van Straaten, organized a trip for New York City firefighters, policemen and their families, approximately 70-75 people, to ski Steamboat from April 7-15, 2002. van Straaten set out to bring together Steamboat companies so that these firefighters, who had been through so much, could experience Steamboat's unique western hospitality. The Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation donated nearly $50,000 worth of lift tickets, lessons and rentals. Various lodging companies generously offered accommodations and Steamboat Central Reservations helped make airline arrangements for the group.

Kosovo Relief Effort: In April 1999, used employee uniforms were sent to Yugoslavia in order to help refugees fleeing Kosovo. Just under 2,000 items including waterproof parkas, vests, and ski pants, as well as sweaters, fleece vests and fleece pullovers, were sent overseas with the help of the relief organization, AmeriCares. Both shipments, with a portion of the shipping charges donated by RAC, Old Dominion Freight, Christy Sports and Sportstalker, were airlifted by military planes to Yugoslavia and distributed by AmeriCares volunteers.