Steamboats 3rd snowiest season in 27 years

Sat 18 March 06

This is the fifth time the resort has reached the 400-inch (10m) milestone since the 1979/1980 season and the first time since 1997/98

3.5 Feet Falls At Mid-Mtn and 4.1 Feet at the Summit In Past Nine Days
Nearly 33.5 Feet of Champagne Powder Stacks Up At Ski Area This Season

As of 5 a.m. today, Steamboat’s cumulative snowfall officially hit the 400-inch snowfall mark at mid-mountain for the first time in nine years. The 2005/2006 season is now considered the third snowiest season year-to-date on record in the past 27 years.

"The word about Steamboat's snow is spreading as fast as it is piling up in the Yampa Valley,” said Andy Wirth, vice president of sales & marketing. "This is one of those legendary seasons that you’ll hear about and read about for years to come. With more than 33 feet of snow this year, spring skiing in Steamboat will take on a whole new meaning this year.”

This is the fifth time the resort has reached the 400-inch milestone since the 1979/1980 season and the first time since 1997/98. In addition to the current season, Steamboat has recorded 400+ winters during the 1983/84 season (447.5”), 1992/93 season (423.5”), 1996/97 season (460.25”) and the 1997/98 season (447.75”). With weather forecasts calling for additional snow this week and the resort closing on April 9th, the all-time snow record lies just in sight, only 60 inches more to top.

As of 5a.m., March 16th, 2 inches has fallen overnight at mid-mountain and 3 inches at the summit in a 24-hour period and 8 inches at mid and 11 at the summit in the past 72-hours. In the past nine days, 43 inches (3.58 feet) has fallen at mid-mountain and 49.25 inches (4.10 feet) at the summit. Since the resort opened on November 23rd, snow has fallen 71 out of 114 days (62.3%) with 38 of those days recording four or more inches. The resort is currently reporting a 79-inch base at mid-mountain and 108-inch base at the summit with powder/packed powder conditions.

Steamboat October November December January February March YTD
Monthly Total 15 inches 83 inches 105 inches 95 inches 53 inches 50 inches 401 inches  
Avg. Mid-Mtn Base N/A 26-inches 48 inches 65 inches 72 inches 74 inches  
Avg. Summit Base N/A 36 inches 62-inches 85-inches 97 inches 99 inches  
Days Snowed Since 11/23 N/A 4 days 21 days 22 days 15 days 9 days 71 days
Powder Days (4+ inches) N/A 4 days 10 days 12 days 6 days 6 days 38 days
Biggest Single Day (mid) N/A 14 inches 15 inches 10 inches 11 inches 12 inches  
Biggest Single Day (summit) N/A 18 inches 20 inches 10 inches 10 inches 15 inches  
*All stats as of 5am on March 16, 2006

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