Steamboat, CO, Surpasses Last Season’s Total Snowfall

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Steamboat, CO, has already received more snow this season than the entire 2021-22 winter. | Photo: Steamboat/Facebook

Steamboat has more snow right now than it got over the entire course of last season. 

The six inches of reported snowfall the Colorado resort received on Wednesday brought its season total to 254 inches, beating the 250 inches the resort saw over the 2021-22 season. Not only that, but Steamboat has received more snow than the winter before that as well, and is nearly at the season total for the 2019-20 season where 261 inches fell, according to Steamboat Pilot and today.

Steamboat is on track to having a record-breaking winter if things keep going the way they have been. Steamboat Pilot and Today reports that since 1980 when the mountain started documenting season snowfall totals, there have been eight seasons with 400 inches of snow or more. The record season snowfall total was in 2007-08 with 489 inches. The resort has never seen a season total over 500 inches. Could this be the year?

The resort currently sits at 80% of its average season snowpack. It’s still mid-January, so a lot can happen between now and April when Steamboat typically closes. Weather is weather and you never know what will happen—maybe it’s a recording-breaking year, or maybe they don’t see another drop of snowfall, which if that happened it would still be a ‘pretty good’ winter at Steamboat based on the statistics. So whatever happens next, well, that’s up to Ullr.

The snow water equivalent in the 2022-23 season, shown in black, is on a similar trajectory as the three previously record-breaking seasons: 1986 (purple), 1997 (red), and 2011 (blue). 
| Screenshot: Natural Resource Conservation Service

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