POWDER ALERT: Steamboat Gets 24" in 24 Hours

Posted By: The Ski Channel on January 29, 2013 4:51 pm


POWDER ALERT: Steamboat-Ski Town is under attack with 24 inches of Champagne Powder snow in the past 24 hours, which means it’s time to tear up the slopes. This storm puts Steamboat past the 175-inch snowfall milestone for the season with the forecast calling for additional snow throughout the week.

Steamboat is currently reporting a daunting 58-inch base at mid-mountain and 51-inch base at the summit on powder conditions. There is still aWinter Storm Warning that will remain in effect until 6pm MST Thursday for Steamboat.

However, once the Warning has been lifted the mountain will be 100% open with 16 lifts and 165 trails covering 2,965 acres. Steamboat has enjoyed a powder-packed season with snow 37 out of 70 days. At mid-mountain alone, the resort has recorded 14.5” in October; 17”in November; 105.25” in December; and 39.5” in January for a total of 14.7 feet!

“This is a powderhound’s dream – 24 inches in 24 hours,” exclaimed Chris Diamond, president and COO for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “The am

azing fact about Steamboat is that this happens with astounding frequency in the home of Champagne Powder snow!”

The current avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is up to CONSIDERABLE (Level 3) for the entire mountain , so skiers and riders need to be cautious when venturing beyond the resort because the conditions are unstable.

John Kohnke, patrol director, commented, “With more storms headed towards Steamboat-Ski Town USA, a powder alert is in full force and deep snow conditions exist on all parts of the mountain.” He further precautioned skiers and riders with, “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.”

Kohnke got it right so grab a friend and head to the powder because it’s going to be unreal shredding.

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