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Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of positions for the upcoming Steamboat Ski Town U.S.A.® Continental Cup at Howelsen Hill.
The eyes of the world will once again be upon Steamboat Springs and this historic ski area when it hosts the FIS Continental Cup, Dec. 14 & 15, including welcoming the First Women’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup in North America to its storied slopes.
“To have athletes of this caliber back for a second consecutive winter is really special and something not to be missed by our community,” said Todd Wilson, two-time Olympian and co-chair of the organizing committee. “Plus, witnessing the first women’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup in North America will be precedence-setting not only for Nordic Combined, but also for the hundreds of female athletes evolving the sport in the US.”
Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of positions ranging from on-hill jump responsibilities to the cross-country course and throughout the Howelsen Hill base area. Can’t work during the competition, some positions, such as hill prep, start as early as December 6. A list of available positions, time requirements and ability to sign up, can be found at sswsc.org/volunteer.
“Volunteering during an event is a great way to experience Howelsen Hill and all the action of competitive ski racing,” continued Wilson. “The only way to be closer to the action, is to be entered in the race!”
For families with work deposits with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, volunteer hours count toward that bank of time. Otherwise, community members without SSWSC requirements receive a complimentary lift ticket for the 2018/19 season to the Steamboat Ski Resort for every 8 hours of work during the Continental Cup.
Skiing since 1915, historic Howelsen Hill will play host two FIS Continental Cup events with the first event taking flight on Friday, Dec. 14 at high noon with ski jumping, followed by a magical cross-country race under the lights of Howelsen Rodeo Arena. On Saturday, Dec. 15, athletes again soar off the HS75 ski jumps mid-morning, followed by an evening cross-country race through the rodeo stadium.
The organizing committee expects approximately 60 men and 20 women competitors from roughly 15 countries including first-time participants China and Korea, to complete in Steamboat Springs. The Steamboat Ski Town U.S.A.® Continental Cup is sponsored by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., Gerber Berend Design Build, Nordic Excavating, IKON, City of Steamboat Springs, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and USA Nordic Sport.