27 Inches Of Snow Accumulates In 24 Hour Period On Monday, Feb. 20;
84 Inches of Powder Falls at Mid-Mtn and 96.75 Inches at Summit in February
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-February 23, 2012-Steamboat, the Home of Champagne Powder snow, is definitely showing why it is the place to ski and ride this February as 7 feet of snow has stacked up at the resort’s mid-mountain location this month, including a whopping 4 feet in the past four days.
“Steamboat has some of the best snow in the Rocky Mountains and the largest mid and summit base depths of any Colorado destination resort,” said Chris Diamond, president & chief operating officer for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “With more than 4 feet in the past four days, the word about Steamboat's snow is spreading as fast as it is piling up in the Yampa Valley and there are no signs of letting up any time soon.”
Photos: Larry Pierce/Feb Snow
This week alone, several storm systems moved through Steamboat and simply hammered the resort with fresh snow on a daily basis, including the record setting 27 inch day on Monday, Feb. 20th. Currently, the resort is reporting 2 inches at mid-mountain and 6 inches at the summit in the past 24-hours; 14 inches at mid-mtn and 19 at the summit in the past 48-hours; and 51.25 inches at mid-mtn and 58 inches at the summit in the past week. The resort has a 68-inch base at mid-mtn and 76-inch base at the summit on powder/packed powder conditions.
“The storms that rolled through Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A. this past week made for one of those special Champagne Powder snow experiences that powderhounds in the ‘Boat will remember for a long time,” continued Diamond. “Steamboat is notorious for big storms, and what we’ve seen so far is just the beginning of what will be an incredible spring mountain experience.”
In the month of February, snow has fallen 14 out of 23 days with 11 of those days recording four or more inches of snow. The cumulative snowfall for the month comes in at 7 feet at mid-mtn, and just over 8 feet (or 96.75 inches) piling up at the summit. Since the New Year, more than 10 feet of Champagne Powder snow has collected at mid-mtn and nearly 12 feet at the summit.
A Winter Storm Warming remains in effect this morning as snow continues to fall across the Yampa Valley. The forecast calls for snow throughout the day before clearing skies return Friday. The next system will spread moisture into the area by Saturday afternoon and evening, and once again, looks to be a fairly energetic system. A couple of smaller storms move through Steamboat early next week, keeping snow in the forecast for the area.
“Remember the old adage ‘there are no friends on a powder day’, couldn’t be further from the truth,” said John Kohnke, Steamboat’s patrol director. “When skiing and riding in deep snow or near trees, steer clear of tree wells and stay with a partner.” The Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s backcountry avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is HIGH (Level 4) and updates can be found at avalanche.state.co.us.
Celebrate the snow with the Champagne Powder Package. Book by February 29th through Steamboat Central Reservations® to save an additional 20% on lifts and lodging and get $100 in Boat Bucks. As an added bonus, receive a $100 American Express gift card for every airline ticket purchased into Steamboat/Hayden Airport as part of the Champagne Powder package through Steamboat Central Reservations, 800-922-2722. With the powder piling up, you have to act just as fast!
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