Series of Storms Blankets Resort With 4.4 Feet of Powder in 14 Days

Steamboat Ski Area Enjoyed Snow 21 Out Of 31 Days This December

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-December 31, 2015-December in Steamboat is going out with a powdery roar as the Steamboat Ski Resort piled up more than 100 inches of Champagne Powder® snow this month for the fourth time in the past 10 years.

“December has been a Champagne Powder® snow generating machine, and word about Steamboat’s snow continues to spread as fast as it is piling up,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “Steamboat is enjoying some of the best snow in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, with one of the largest mid-mountain bases of any major Colorado destination resort.”

For December 2015, 101 inches (8.4 feet) has fallen at mid-mountain, making this the 9th time the resort has surpassed the 100 inch mark for the month in the past 37 years. The resort has seen snow 21 out of 31 days (68%) in December, with 10 of those days recording four or more inches. This season, 165 inches (13.75 feet) of Champagne Power snow has stacked up at the ski area’s mid-mountain site.

“December is the second snowiest month for Steamboat, following January,” continued Perlman. “Average snowfall for December is 68 inches, but as we’ve recently experienced, it’s not uncommon for the ski area to receive over 100 inches that month.”

Over the past two weeks, an active storm cycle has yielded a whopping 52.25 inches (4.4 feet) of new snow at mid-mountain. The resort is reporting a 49-inch base at mid-mountain and a 52-inch base at the summit on packed powder conditions. Steamboat is currently offering powderhounds 2,962 acres (99.9% of the mountain), 164 trails, 18 lifts and 3,668 vertical feet of skiing/riding enjoyment. A complete list of open mountain trails and lifts is available each morning at www.steamboat.com.

“With the storms that have moved through Steamboat, 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.”

In addition, the current Colorado Avalanche Information Center backcountry avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is MODERATE on all aspects. Skiers and riders venturing beyond the resort boundary need to be cautious of unstable conditions, carry proper equipment and be knowledgeable of backcountry terrain.

“The resort has rescued 12 individuals from the cliffs in the Fish Creek drainage this winter, so don’t be the next,” said Kohnke. “While the fresh snow may be tempting, know where you are going or don’t go!”

Steamboat is serving up heaps of Champagne Powder® snow and package values almost as deep as the snow including the SVIP package, which recently extended its deadline to January 6 in celebration of all 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 and winter vacation packages to Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® at www.steamboat.com or 1-800-922-2722.

-Happy Trails®