February 1, 2006
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (Steamboat Press Release)—Well on its way to a four-wire winter this year, Steamboat's cumulative snowfall for the 2005/2006 season surpassed the 300-inch mark at mid-mountain this morning, making this the third snowiest year to date on record in the past 27 years. This is the fasted the resort has reached the 300-inch level since the 1996/1997 season when it finished the season with 447.75 inches.
"Clearly, Steamboat has the best and most snow in the Rocky Mountains with a summit base that is zeroing on 100 inches, said Andy Wirth, vice president of sales & marketing for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. "With our snowiest November on record, over 100 inches in December and our snowiest January in the past six years, Steamboat is definitely showing why it is the home of Champagne Powder and skiers and riders couldn't be happier.
As of 5am, February 1st, five inches has fallen overnight at mid-mountain and the summit in a 24-hour period. In the past seven days, 25 inches (2.08 feet) has fallen at mid-mountain and 34 inches (2.83 feet) at the summit. For the month of January, 95 inches (7.92 feet) fell at mid-mountain and 107 inches (8.97 feet) at the summit.
"This has already been one of those seasons that you hear about and read about for years to come, continued Wirth. "The local red-blooded powderhounds are even starting to get tired, and, we still have two and a half months to go.
Since the resort opened on November 23rd, snow has fallen 48 out of 71 days (68%) with 27 of those days recording four or more inches. So far this season at mid-mountain, Steamboat has seen 15 in October; 83 in November (a new monthly record); 105 in December (5th time 100 inches has fallen during month); 5 in January (snowiest month in last six years); and 5 in February for a combined total of 303 (25.25 feet).