After an unseasonably warm fall and only 26 inches of snow since October 1, Steamboat Ski Resort has postponed its opening day one week to Nov. 27.  

“Anyone who has been in Steamboat, or has been anxiously watching our mountain cameras, knows that mother nature hasn’t been cooperating this pre-season,” said Dave Hunter, vice president of resort operations for Steamboat Ski Resort.

“Normally this time of year we’ve had more than 20 inches of snowfall, a 10–20-inch mid-mountain base and 200 hours of snowmaking under our belt. This year we haven’t been able to capitalize on extended snowmaking temperatures and windows, with only 8 hours of total snowmaking.  While our mountain crews have done an incredible job of pulling every magic trick out of their hats, reality is that our slopes are not ready to welcome skiers and riders this weekend.” 

Extended forecasts are calling for favorable snowmaking conditions starting later this week with wet bulb temperatures expected to be around 18-22 degrees. With ideal snowmaking conditions (12-18 degrees coupled with low humidity), the Steamboat snowmaking and grooming crews can make 18-24″ inches of snow on over 30+ acres in 5 days. The long-range forecast for later this week into next week looks more favorable and will allow our crews to jump into action- making Nov. 27 a realistic opening day. 

Routties and Timber & Torch restaurants will begin welcoming guests on Sat., Nov. 20 for lunch daily, including lunch on Thanksgiving Day.  

Guests who have reservations between Nov 20 and Nov 26 should contact Steamboat Central Reservations to discuss rebooking resort products including lift tickets, rentals and SnowSports School; lodging will be dependent on which property a guest is booked through. 

Help us wake mother nature up and share your #SteamboatSnowDance. It’s only a matter of time before the Champagne Powder snow starts to pile up.