Screen-Shot-2020-10-29-at-7.35.39-AM Howelsen Hill.

An unexpected $1.5 million gift to Steamboat Springs that was announced on Wednesday will be used to build a new Barrows Chairlift on Howelsen Hill.

The gift comes on behalf of Smartwool, the wool-knit clothing brand popular for its line of socks and base layers that was founded in Steamboat. The company recently relocated to Denver with its parent company, VF Corp.

The $1.5 million grant from VF Corp.’s private grantmaking organization, The VF Foundation, was given to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, according to a written statement released Wednesday by Smartwool.

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