Steamboat Ski Resort; First Resort in Colorado to Surpass 200″ of Snow

James Pulfer |
A Perfectly powderful morning in Routt County, CO. Photo by Les Anderson on Unsplash

Ample early-season snow in many Colorado ranges allowed the earliest opening days on record. Pair this with the recent atmospheric river event, to realize some of Colorado’s resorts’ impressive year-to-date totals. Steamboat Ski Resort is leading the pack, with a whopping 240″ of snow so far this season. What’s even more stoke worthy is that it just keeps coming. I presume Steamboat will have no trouble reaching their annual average of 314″ this season, and likely much more. Other Colorado ski resorts approaching 200″ of snow include; Winter Park, Wolf Creek, and Powderhorn Mountain Resort!

Historic pioneer homestead below the slopes of Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

The recent atmospheric river has buried many ski resorts out West, from the Sierra to the Wasatch, even Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This wild weather has caused devastating flooding and landslides in parts of California. They have seen record rainfall totals in many locations and impressive snow totals in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. One can only hope that our drought-stricken SW united states are receiving some long-awaited relief. Upon writing this article, California snowpack is well over 200% for this time of year, and it seems as if that trend will continue into the foreseeable future.

A super stoked shred crew enjoying potential record early season conditions in Western Colorado.

Colorado Ski resorts are currently under Winter Weather Advisories, so we can expect these numbers to grow as you read this! With many changes underway at Steamboat Ski resort, go to their website to learn more about timeframes for new amenities. Steamboat is a world-class ski area, well known for consistent dry powder; many know this. By comparison, 240″ year to date at Steamboat is double what some CO ski areas received all season last year! And it is only mid-January!

Snow day chair ride at Steamboat Ski Resort. -Photo by John Matychuk on Unsplash

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