Steamboat Springs, CO – The 2010-11 season has started with a powdery bang as Colorado’s Steamboat Ski Area surpassed the 100-inch milestone due in large part to the snowiest November on record, which saw 90 inches what the resort has trademarked as “Champagne Powder” snow pile up at mid-mountain. The previous November record was 83 inches set during the 2005-06 ski and snowboard season.
Currently nearly 100 trails covering 1,572 acres, or more than 53% of resort’s terrain is open, including much of the resort’s legendary tree skiing areas such as Shadows and Closets, Flying Z, Twilight and Triangle 3. In addition, by the end of the week, the resort expects to open additional hike-to terrain such as the Chutes, East Face and North St. Pat’s off of Mt. Werner, elevation 10,568 feet.
Since November 1st, snow has fallen 14 out of 30 days with nine of those days recording four or more inches. So far this season at mid-mountain, Steamboat has seen 21 inches in October and 90 inches in November for a combined total of 111 inches, or 9.25 feet. The resort is 71 inches ahead of pace on its record 2007-08 snow season and 6.5 inches ahead of pace on the 1996-97 season, when 489 inches and 447.75 inches blanketed the resort, respectively.