161 Trails, 2,921 Acres (98.5%) & 15 Lifts Greet Holiday Skiers & Riders
More Than 10.5 Feet of Snow At Mid-Mtn and 11.5 Feet At Summit Since October 1
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-December 29, 2014-The new year is shaping up to come in like a lion as Steamboat remains under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon today with nearly a foot of fresh Champagne Powder® snow in the past 24-hours at the summit.
“Steamboat is enjoying amazing snow conditions and moved past the 100-inch snowfall milestone for the season last week,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “The pattern shows no sign of letting up and will certainly be enjoying very powdery conditions as the resort enters the new year.”
A series of storms blew through Steamboat over the past 16 days bringing 54 inches (4.5 feet) of fresh Champagne Powder® snow at mid-mountain and 59.5 inches (4.96 feet) at the summit. This morning, the resort woke up to 8 inches of fresh snow at mid-mountain and 10 inches at the summit and is currently reporting at 47-inch base at mid-mountain and 50-inch base at the summit.
Snow is expected to continue over much of the region today and tonight with another 2 to 6 inches expected. Accumulations in excess of one foot may be seen across the Elkhead, Park and Flattop mountains. Snow continues for the remainder of the year as the flow shifts to the Northwest, which typically favors Steamboat, later this week.
Since December 1, snow has fallen 18 out of 29 days (58%) with 7 of those days recording four or more inches of powder. So far this season, Steamboat has been blanketed by 126.75 inches (10.56 feet) at mid-mountain and 139.5 inches (11.6 feet) at the summit.
Currently, skiers and riders are enjoying 161 trails across 2,921 acres (98.5% of the mountain) with 15 lifts. Rabbit Ears Terrain Park opened today with numerous jumps, rails and hits. With Lil’ Rodeo and Rabbit Ears providing beginner and intermediate level fun, mountain crews will now focus their energy on Lower Giggle Gulch, Mavericks and Sunbeam Terrain Parks. With the opening of these parks and, Lower Valley View, a black diamond trail on the lower mountain which is anticipated to open tomorrow, the resort will be 100% open.
“Plenty of fantastic skiing is available inbounds, and I strongly recommend that people enjoy the ski area and not venture into the backcountry until conditions change,” said John Kohnke, patrol director. “DEEP SNOW CONDITIONS exist on all parts of the ski resort so enjoy these powder days with friends.” The avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is CONSIDERABLE on all aspects and elevations.
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 eleven major airports on Alaska, 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.