Steamboat is starting the new year with plenty of Champagne Powder® snow, after a huge storm blanketed the resort with nearly 3 feet of snow in just three days. After the storm cleared on Thursday, the resort surpassed the 150-inch snowfall mark for the season with 161 inches piling up since November.
“This is the big Champagne Powder® snowstorm our guests have been waiting for,” said Rob Perlman, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “The season started slowly, but ever since December Mother Nature has been sharing the snow love with Steamboat. A 20-inch powder day is one of the best ways to start the new year.”
The storm that walloped the Rocky Mountains started dropping snow in Steamboat late on Monday, January 2 with 4.5 inches accumulating by the morning report on January 3. Yesterday, the resort collected another 8 inches and the bulk of the storm brought heavy snowfall to the area mid-day on Wednesday and through Wednesday night, resulting in 20 inches at the resort’s mid-mountain and summit reporting locations. This is the fourth time in the past 10 years Steamboat has collected 20 inches or more in a single day in January. The resort’s single day record for snowfall is 27 inches on February 25, 2012.
So far in January, snow has fallen three out of five days and all have been powder days (four inches or more). December had 22 snow days with 10 powder days and November saw 10 days with snow accumulation; six of them powder days. The 2016/17 winter season has seen 35 snow days and 19 powder days so far. A total of 161 inches has accumulated with 39.25 inches in November and 89.25 inches in December. The resort is reporting a 64-inch base at mid-mountain and 69-inch base at the summit on powder conditions.
“This is the type of storm that has us reminding guests that there is always room for a friend on a powder day,” said John Kohnke, patrol director. “DEEP SNOW CONDITIONS exist on all parts of the mountain, and we want skiers and riders to enjoy the mountain safely. Especially if they are riding in the trees, remember to steer clear of tree wells and stay with a partner.”
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 tree line slopes and CONSIDERABLE below tree line. 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 12 major airports on Alaska, American, Delta and United Airlines. Contact Steamboat Central Reservations® to explore travel options or for winter vacation packages at www.steamboat.com or 1-800-922-2722.