Monday, December 17, 2012

Champagne Powder blankets Steamboat with over 18" in 3 days!

More Than 3 Feet of Champagne Powder Falls in Ski Town, U.S.A.® in 10 Days
1,110 Acres of Terrain Greet Powderhounds Today With More Trails Opening In Coming Days

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-December 17, 2012-With a Winter Storm Warning in effect until 6pm MST Wednesday, December 19th, the Champagne Powder snow continues to pile up at the Steamboat Ski Resort as 8 inches of fresh snow fell at mid-mountain and 10 inches at the summit overnight.  Within the past 10 days, more than three feet of snow has covered the slopes of Mt. Werner and forecasts call for continued snow.

“December has been a Champagne Powder snow maker, providing one of the largest mid-mountain bases of the major Colorado destination resorts,” said Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Right now, Steamboat is enjoying arguably some of the best snow in the Rocky Mountains with more than 3.5 feet this month and the big snow storm is still to come mid-week.”

Powderhounds are carving up 8 inches of new snow at mid-mountain and 10 inches at the summit in the past 24 hours; 13 inches at mid and 15 inches at the summit in the last 48-hours; and, 17 inches at mid and 20 inches at the summit in the past 72-hours.  This month, Steamboat has enjoyed snow ten days out of 17 with 41.25 inches (3.44 ft) accumulating at mid-mountain and 44.25 inches (3.69 ft) at the summit.

Over the past two days, the Steamboat Ski Area has more than tripled its available terrain moving from 370 acres on Saturday to over 1,100 acres today; with even more terrain scheduled to open soon due to the latest snowy storm pattern.  Currently, the resort has 9 lifts, 65 trail and 1,116 acres open with powder conditions. As conditions change, lift operations and terrain may vary based on additional snow and a complete list of open mountain trails and lifts is available each morning.

“Mountain crews are pulling out all the stops to deal with the new snow and open terrain and lifts as quickly and safely as possible,” continued Allen. “With a significant snow system headed towards Steamboat, conditions are changing daily, even hour to hour, with the sheer rate of snow; and, our work will only intensify as it continues to stacks up, which is perfect for holiday powderhounds, who are certainly going to have a very snowy Christmas.”

Looking forward, Sundown Express will begin whisking powderhounds up Sunshine Peak for skiing and riding on beginner, intermediate and advanced trails tomorrow, Dec. 18th. Before week’s end, Sunshine Express and South Peak lift are expected to open providing access to the popular Sunshine Bowl area.  At this time, Morningside is targeted to start turning on Dec. 22nd. In addition, First Tracks will begin on Saturday, Dec 22nd

Steamboat and northern Colorado remain under a Winter Storm Warning through Wednesday evening with expected accumulations ranging from 10 to 18 inches of snow. Snow is prominently featured in the forecast over the coming week with a significant system hitting the area mid-week. 

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