Lower Mavericks Terrain Park Moves Resort to 100% Open This Weekend

Nearly 13 Feet of Champagne Powder® Snow Has Fallen Since October 1st

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-January 1, 2014-If your New Year’s resolution is to ski and ride more powder, you’re in luck as more than half-a-foot of fresh Champagne Powder® snow fell overnight ushering in the New Year.  With the new snow this morning, Steamboat surpassed the 150-inch snow milestone for the season.

“Steamboat is enjoying some of the best snow and mountain conditions in the Rocky Mountains and one of the largest mid-mountain bases of the major Colorado destination resorts,” said Chris Diamond, president and chief operating officer for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “With December’s consistent snowfall and now January coming in like a lion, word about this season’s snow conditions is spreading far and wide.”

As of 5am, the resort is reporting 7 inches of new snow at mid-mountain overnight and 9.25 inches in past four days with a 46-inch base at mid-mountain and 56-inch base at the summit on powder conditions. Powderhounds are enjoying 164 trails across 2,941 acres (99.2% of the mountain) with 16 lifts. Terrain Park crews are putting the finishing touches on the large jumps in Lower Mavericks Terrain Park, which is expected to open Saturday and will bring the resort to 100% of its available terrain. 

Steamboat racked up 60.25 inches of snow in December compared to a historical average of 69.1 inches. During December, snow fell 18 out of 31 days (58%) with 6 of those days recording four or more inches. So far this season, Steamboat has been blanketed by 154.75 inches (12.9 feet) at mid-mountain and 156.5 inches (13 feet) at the summit.  A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 6pm today.  Forecasts call for snow to continue throughout the day; then clear for Thursday before another system moves into the area for the weekend.

“With all the snow this season at Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A.®, a powder alert remains in full force and DEEP SNOW CONDITIONS exist on all parts of the mountain,” said John Kohnke, patrol director. “If skiing and riding in deep snow or near trees, steer clear of tree wells and stay with a partner. Remember; there is always room for a friend on a powder day.”  The avalanche rating for the Steamboat zone is MODERATE on all aspects and elevations.

To stay up to date on Steamboat’s snow conditions visit www.steamboat.com to view the Mountain Cam Network, including the new Champagne Powder snow cam, as well as featured photos, videos and Straight Talk Mountain Report. Snow conditions can be accessed by calling 970.879.7300 or online at steamboat.com.

Steamboat is serving up heaps of Champagne Powder® snow, a special $199 Olympian 3-Day Pass and package values almost as deep as the snow!  Steamboat’s nonstop flight program offers convenient access to Ski Town, U.S.A.® via nonstop air service from nine major airports on Alaska, American, Delta and United Airlines. Contact Steamboat Central Reservations® to explore travel options or for winter vacation packages including the Champagne Powder® package at www.steamboat.com or 1-800-922-2722.

– Happy Trails®-