100% Open and One of the Largest Mid-Mountain Bases of Any Major Colorado Destination Resort;
More Than 14.5 Feet of Champagne Powder® Snow Has Fallen at Mid-Mtn This Season


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-January 29, 2013-Powderhounds are in a powdery daze in Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® as the resort was blanketed with 24 inches of Champagne Powder snow in the past 24 hours.  With this storm, Steamboat surpassed the 175-inch snowfall milestone for the season and forecasts call for additional snow through the week.



“This is a powderhound’s dream – 24 inches in 24 hours,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation.  “The amazing fact about Steamboat is that this happens with astounding frequency in the home of Champagne Powder snow!”



The resort is currently in a storm cycle that has yielded 24 inches at mid-mountain overnight. The resort is reporting an impressive 58-inch base at mid-mountain and 51-inch base at the summit on powder conditions. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect till 6pm MST Thursday for Steamboat.


The National Weather Service says after the brief lull in activity this morning, snowfall will increase in coverage and intensity through the afternoon as the backside of the trough of low pressure approaches and moves through the area on Wednesday. The persistent moist northwest flow behind this front will favor a prolonged snowfall event for the northern mountains of western Colorado including Steamboat Springs through Thursday afternoon. Significant snowfall, heavy at times, is possible with many areas receiving well over a foot of new snow with locally higher amounts favored on north facing slopes.



Currently 100% of the mountain is open with 16 lifts and 165 trails covering 2,965 acres. As conditions change, lift operations and terrain may vary based on additional snow. A complete list of open mountain trails and lifts is available each morning. Since opening day, Steamboat has enjoyed snow 37 out of 70 days with 17 of those days recording four or more inches. So far this season at mid-mountain, the resort has seen 14.5” in October; 17” in November; 105.25” in December; and 39.5 in January for a combined total of 176.25” (14.7 feet). 


“Steamboat continues to enjoy some of the best conditions in Colorado and is serving up 100% of the mountain for guests,” commented Diamond.  “The current snowy weather pattern shows no signs of letting up and guests are surely in for a powdery treat throughout the week.”



The current Colorado Avalanche Information Center backcountry avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) on all aspects and elevations. Skiers and riders venturing beyond the resort boundary need to be cautious of unstable conditions; carry proper equipment; and, be knowledgeable of backcountry terrain.



“With more storms headed towards Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.®, a powder alert is in full force and 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.” 


Steamboat is serving up heaps of Champagne Powder® snow and package values almost as deep as the snow!  The Champagne Powder Package and special airfares from across the country are still available, but only through January 31st. Steamboat’s nonstop flight program offers convenient access to Ski Town, U.S.A.® via nonstop air service from eight major airports on American, Delta and United Airlines. Contact Steamboat Central Reservations® to explore travel options or for winter vacation packages including the Champagne Powder package at www.steamboat.com or 1-800-922-2722.


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