Wednesday morning in Steamboat was one of the colder mornings we’ve had all ski season. Negative temperatures were consistent from the valley floor at 6,732 feet all the way up to the summit of Steamboat Resort at 10,568 feet. These colder temperatures created quite the frosty February eye candy on the mountain and were manageable, as long as you were well prepared.
Aspen and pine trees alike were dressed in a thick layer of frosty snow at the summit, creating a magical winter wonderland across Steamboat Resort. The coldest temperature recorded this morning was -10 degrees, which was quite a bit warmer than the coldest temperature ever recorded in Steamboat Springs back in January of 1913. On the seventh day of the new year in 1913, Steamboat Springs recorded an impressive low of -54 degrees! Now talk about cold! Brrr!
When temperatures dip into the negatives, it’s imperative to be prepared and have some tactics literally up your sleeve to combat the cold. Dressing in heavy layers, utilizing heated gloves, having boot warmers (or even the hand/toe warmers you can simply slip into your gloves and boots), and taking frequent breaks to warm up with a hot drink are all great ways to keep the cold away.
Steamboat has several great places to warm up around the mountain, including Rendezvous Lodge, Four Points Lodge and Thunderhead Lodge. If you’re skiing with kids in the cold, a hot chocolate (preferably with whipped cream) is certainly a must!
All of the groomed trails had nice corduroy Wednesday morning, and some firm patches did exist on the steeper terrain. I was pleasantly surprised at how fresh the trees felt with the mountain only receiving one inch of fresh snow overnight. If you do decide to dip into the trees, expect some bumps, but I bet you too will be surprised with the fun, soft turns to be found.
Through Sunday, there are some very exciting things happening in Steamboat. First of all, the forecast through Sunday is predicting up to three feet of snow in Steamboat! Yes, that’s right, 3 feet of fresh powder! Based on the forecast, I would expect some of the best powder to be found Friday and Saturday mornings, depending on how this particular winter storm rolls into Steamboat.
Another very exciting thing for locals and visitors alike is the highly anticipated Winter Carnival that takes place every year in Steamboat Springs. Today marks the start of the 107th Winter Carnival, which is the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. Over the next five days, there will be numerous fun (and often hilarious) events to watch at Howelsen Hill, downtown Steamboat on Lincoln Avenue and even at Steamboat Resort. For more information, please visit the Steamboat Chamber’s website for a full schedule of Winter Carnival events.
With seven feet of snow in January and up to three feet more on the way over the next five days, Steamboat is in fantastic shape to celebrate winter and everything this magical season (and mountain) has to offer.
Ski and ride with care and have a great day on the mountain! Happy Wednesday!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder