Steamboat Springs: Over 400 Inches of Snow . . .
Steamboat Springs can get 400 inches of snow. That is a lot of snow. Believe me, I snow blow a lot. It’s the one thing someone told me when I moved here in June six years ago: buy a good snow blower.
This is from the Local Steamboat Paper today:
Steamboat Springs — Mid-mountain snowfall at Steamboat Ski Area topped 400 inches for the season Sunday, surpassing the powdery milestone for the third time in the past four winters and the eighth time since 1980.
A Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. news release stated that Sunday’s precipitation dropped 6 inches of new snow at mid-mountain, pushing the season’s mid-mountain total to 401 inches two weeks before Closing Day on April 10.
Eighty-two of those inches fell in October and early November, before the ski area opened for Scholarship Day on Nov. 24.
Ski Corp. stated that snow has fallen on Mount Werner on 100 out of 154 days since Oct. 23, with at least 4 inches recorded on 42 of those days.
This season’s total tally is another landmark in a series of consistently big-snowfall winters, the likes of which Steamboat hadn’t seen since the mid-‘90s.
While the 2009-10 season saw just 261.75 inches fall at mid-mountain, the ski area recorded a total of 405 inches in 2008-09 and the record tally of 489 inches in the memorable winter of 2007-08.
The 2005-06 season saw 432 inches fall at mid-mountain.
Steamboat Ski Area has recorded only eight 400-inch seasons since 1980.
Those seasons also include 1996-97, with 448 inches; 1983-84, also with 448; 1995-96, with 441.25; and 1992-93, with 416.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is forecasting a strong chance of snow today and tonight, with up to 6 inches of new snow possible in the Steamboat Springs area. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Northwest Colorado, effective through 6 a.m. Tuesday.
“Just a week into spring and Mother Nature has put us right back into full-on winter with mid-January conditions with lots of snow and cold temperatures,” said Doug Allen, Ski Corp.’s vice president of mountain operations. “Forecasts are calling for continued snow through this week, with the northern mountains again being the favored areas.”
2010-11: 401 (through Sunday)
2007-08: 489 (record)
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