Steamboat Crushes Snow Record: 34 Inches of Champagne Powder!

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 20, 2012 4:04 pm

Today marks a new record for Steamboat, Colorado with the most snow of any resort in Colorado in a 24-hour period with a monstrous 27 inches at mid-mountain and the summit.  Since the 5 a.m. report, another seven inches have floated down bringing the total to a whopping 34 inches!

“This is the Champagne Powder® snow day that everyone has been waiting for,” said Rob Perlman, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Hoots and hollers could be heard reverberating throughout Ski Town, U.S.A.®, with guests and locals alike up to their waists in fresh snow.  And with this much fresh powder, conditions will remain unbeatable for quite some time.”

The snow started dumping yesterday afternoon at around 1 p.m. when a storm rolled in, and picked up speed throughout the rest of the day and last night.  It added significantly to the 75-inch base at mid-mountain and 82-inch bask at the summit.  There doesn’t seem to be any signs of stopping, and that doesn’t concern any of the mountain enthusiasts in the area.  Another storm is expected on Tuesday, and skiers and snowboarders are welcoming it with open arms.  Still others are predicted for the throughout the rest of the week as well.

If Mother Nature has a snow machine, it has clearly been operating over Steamboat.  February alone has brought five feet of powder to the mid-mountain area and 6 feet to the summit.  Needless to say, the resort is 100 percent open, including its celebrated tree skiing. 

 “Now the sun is shining, which means Steamboat has powderhounds with rosy red cheeks, white Champagne Powder® snow and blue skies- the perfect recipe for a great President’s Day,” continued Perlman. 

All the snow comes with an elevated warning from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, as the danger for avalanches in the Steamboat Zone is considerably high, including the side and backcountry areas accessed from the resort.  The areas beyond the ski area boundary are not patrolled or maintained, so be particularly careful. 

“The best idea on big snow days is to gather your friends and hit the slopes. There’s always room for friends, even on a powder day,” said John Kohnke, patrol director. “It’s especially important to ski and rider with others when you’re playing in deep snow conditions, near trees, or in avalanche prone areas.”