A Snowy Forecast
The ski season is upon us, despite what Mother Nature has had in store for Steamboat, and the rest of Colorado. When the weather refuses to cooperate, the snowmaking team works their magic day and night at Steamboat Resort to bring winter to us. However, a little help from Mother Nature is always appreciated, and it looks like that help should be arriving as soon as tonight – but don’t stop snow dancing just yet!
If the forecast models are correct, more than just a little help is on the way – it is more like a big dumping of help! According to Joel Gratz’s Steamboat Daily Snow Report, some snow should start falling Wednesday night into Thursday, mostly in the form of occasional snow showers. However, the snowfall we should be most excited about is expected Thursday night into Friday, and in that timeframe alone, we can expect at least a foot or more of fresh snow. All in all, if the forecast holds true, Steamboat should see several feet out of this storm, especially at the higher elevations.
Thus far, Steamboat’s incredible snowmaking crew has given us five open trails from the top of Christie Peak Express down, which is great to get our legs back into skiing and riding mode for the season. To learn more about the snowmaking crew and their superhero efforts, check out Lisa Blake’s blog “How Snow is Made at Steamboat Ski Resort.”
Manmade snow has long been thought of as icy, hard snow, but I was more than pleasantly surprised to ski what felt like drier and softer manmade snow with my kids on Saturday. Snowmaking has come a long way since it first began in 1981, and with newer technology, the slopes are currently more fun to ski than you might expect.
While the slopes themselves are softer than one would expect, the snowmaking crew was able to create a massive, hard-packed jump for the Visa Big Air Olympic Qualifier that was held at Steamboat Resort late last week, with the finals this past Saturday. If you didn’t already think the Steamboat snowmaking crew was impressive, just look at the jump they created in such difficult weather conditions, and perhaps you’ll classify them as superheroes too!
It is always good to be back on snow, and until next time, keep on snow dancing!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder