Santa Claus is going to have a hard time impressing holiday guests after Powder Claus delivered several feet of Champagne Powder® snow from a series of storms across the Steamboat Ski Resort.  With snow still falling across the mountain, the Steamboat Ski Resort is closing in on the 150-inch season snowfall mark for the year.

“It truly is a white Christmas in Steamboat,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Snow began falling in Steamboat around December 11th and hasn’t let up. With another storm on the horizon, Steamboat should be at the very top of every powderhounds wish list right now for the holidays.”

Steamboat is currently in a storm cycle that has yielded 10.5 inches at mid-mountain and 13 at the summit in 24-hours; 22 inches and 29 inches in 48-hours and 39.75 inches and 44.25 inches in the last seven days. Snowfall will continue over the mountains today with additional accumulations of 2 to 4 inches. After a brief lull Thursday morning, snow is expected to increase during the afternoon into Christmas Eve as another system moves into the area.

In December, snow has fallen 15 out of 23 days with 8 of those days recording four or more inches. The resort has enjoyed 23 inches more this month than at the same time last winter and 17 percent more than the December monthly average of 67 inches with 8 days still to go. So far this season, Steamboat has seen 5.5” in October; 58.5” in November; and 79.5” in December for a combined total of 143.5” (11.96 feet). The resort is reporting a 51-inch base at mid-mountain and 58-inch base at the summit on powder conditions.

Currently 15 lifts with 161 trails covering 2,900 acres, or 98% of the resort’s terrain, are open, including the resort’s entire legendary tree skiing areas. A complete list of open mountain trails and lifts is available each morning.  The resort anticipates opening Rabbit Ears Terrain Park within the next day or two.  In addition, several new pocket parks on Vagabond and lower Concentration are on tap to open by the New Year.

“With more storms headed to Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® over the coming days, winter is in full force and everyone should be ready for any type of weather. DEEP SNOW CONDITIONS exist on all parts of the mountain,” said John Kohnke, patrol director. “If skiing and riding in deep snow or near trees, steer clear of tree wells and stay with a partner. Remember; there is always room for a friend on a powder day.”

With an avalanche warning in effect for the backcountry around the ski resort, the current Colorado Avalanche Information Center backcountry avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is HIGH near and above treeline slopes and CONSIDERABLE below treeline. In addition, the CAIC recommends avoiding traveling in or under avalanche terrain or any slope steeper than about 30 degrees. Skiers and riders venturing beyond the resort boundary need to be cautious of unstable conditions, carry proper equipment and be knowledgeable of backcountry terrain.

Steamboat is serving up heaps of Champagne Powder® snow and package values almost as deep as the snow! Steamboat’s nonstop flight program offers convenient access to Ski Town, U.S.A.® via nonstop air service from 11 major airports on Alaska, American, Delta and United Airlines. Contact Steamboat Central Reservations® to explore travel options or for winter vacation packages including the SVIP package at www.steamboat.com or 1-800-922-2722.

-Happy Trails®