More Than 16 Feet of Champagne Powder® Snow Has Fallen at Mid-Mtn This Season
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-January 31, 2013-January is going out like a lion in Steamboat with nearly 3.5 feet of Champagne Powder® snow piling up in the past three days, including a whopping 14 inches at mid-mountain and 13 inches at the summit in the past 24-hours.
“The storms that rolled through Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.® this week made for one of those special Champagne Powder snow experiences that powderhounds in the ‘Boat are frequently accustom,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “It was light, dry and deep, deep, deep.”
The resort is currently in a storm cycle that has yielded 14 inches at mid-mountain overnight, 17 inches in past 48-hours and 41 inches in past 72-hours. The resort is reporting an impressive 58-inch base at mid-mountain and 56-inch base at the summit on powder conditions. A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect till 6pm MST this evening for Steamboat.
Since opening day, Steamboat has enjoyed snow 39 out of 72 days with 18 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 56.5 in January for a combined total of 193.25” (16.1 feet). Currently, 100% of the mountain is open with 16 lifts and 165 trails covering 2,965 acres. A complete list of open mountain trails and lifts is available each morning.
The National Weather Service says persistent moist northwest flow will continue to bring snowfall to the northern mountains of western Colorado through this afternoon. The snowfall will be heavy at times and will be accompanied by gusty ridge top winds, resulting in areas of blowing and drifting snow. The upcoming weekend looks to be clear with temperatures hovering around freezing.
“Steamboat continues to enjoy some of the best conditions in Colorado and is serving up 100% of the mountain for guests,” commented Diamond. “With 41 inches in the past 3 days, Steamboat is definitely showing why it is the home of Champagne Powder® snow and the place to be for powder skiing and riding this season.”
DEEP SNOW CONDITIONS exist on all parts of the mountain. If skiing and riding in deep snow or near trees, steer clear of tree wells and stay with a partner. The current Colorado Avalanche Information Center backcountry avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is HIGH (Level 4) on all N-NE-E-SE-S aspects and an Avalanche Warning is in effect through 8:00am, Feb 1st. 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! The Champagne Powder Package and special airfares from across the country are still available, but end TODAY, 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.
Photo Caption: Steamboat resident Audrey Williams is all smiles while enjoying 3.5 feet of Champagne Powder® snow that has accumulated at the Steamboat Ski Resort in the past three days.