[R425R, Steamboat] locals have been waiting all season for the snow to finally fall, and it finally started coming down in February. The big one was on Presidents Day, when the mountain received 27 inches of Champagne Powder snow in 24 hours, which was a new one-day record.

The gondola line started early, well before 7 a.m. as powderhounds got an early start. Local season pass holders all received one free First Tracks pass for the month of February and many were holding out for the big storm. Nearly 900 people took advantage of First Tracks and were able to get up the mountain just a little bit earlier. The line from the gondola stretched through the plaza and all the way up to the transit center.

“Remember the old adage ‘There are no friends on a powder day’, couldn’t be further from the truth,” said John Kohnke, Steamboat’s Ski Patrol Director.  


Powder Day Feb2012 Larry Pierce-1


Photo Courtesy Larry Pierce/Steamboat.


“The storms that rolled through Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A. … made for one of those special Champagne Powder snow experiences that powderhounds in the ‘Boat will remember for a long time,” said President and COO Chris Diamond.  “Steamboat is notorious for big storms, and what we’ve seen so far is just the beginning of what will be an incredible spring mountain experience.”

The snow has hardly stopped in Steamboat. It snowed 17 out of 29 days in February, ending the month with nearly eight feet of snow falling at mid-mountain. Diamond says it was a perfect way to celebrate Leap Day. “Leap Day closes out a month full of Champagne Powder snow and sets up the resort for a fantastic March and April. Better yet, more snow is in the forecast.”

Steamboat has extended its spring hours for guests to enjoy the conditions that much longer. Extended spring hours run through Steamboat’s closing day of Sunday, April 15.

Always remember to stay inbounds when skiing in so much snow, reminds Kohnke. When skiing and riding in deep snow or near trees, steer clear of tree wells and stay with a partner.” The Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s backcountry avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is HIGH (Level 4).

Powder Day Feb2012 Larry Pierce

Photo Courtesy Larry Pierce/Steamboat.

More Information:

Spring Hours

Avalanche Ratings

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