Steamboat Ski Area snowfall above average in February
March 1, 2013
By the numbers
Snowfall at Steamboat Ski Area
February 2013: 77 inches
February average: 65 inches
Source: Steamboat Ski Area
Snowfall in Steamboat Springs
February 2013: 36.3 inches
February average: 28.9 inches
Sources: Steamboat weather observer Art Judson, National Weather Service
Steamboat Springs — On all but seven days in February, those who woke up in Steamboat Springs saw a blanket of fresh snow.
In the town of Steamboat and at Steamboat Ski Area, snow fell on 21 of 28 days, resulting in above-average snowfall and memories of another powder-filled February.
At the ski area, 77 inches fell last month, exceeding the 33-year average of 65 inches for the second month of the year.
This February’s tally fell differently than in the memorable February 2012. Last year, the ski area received 93 inches bolstered by the historic Presidents Day dump of 27 inches.
This year, no one day was particularly impressive, with the deepest days being Feb. 10 and 27 at 10 inches. But each day, the snow piled higher with 4 inches here, 2 inches there and a couple of days with more than 6 inches.
"February was a perfect example of a great month of snow," ski area spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said. "It just kept piling up. We didn't have that 27-inch, record-breaking day, but we had an entire month of fresh snow. It wasn't a crowded month for us, so that snow kept staying fresh."
Kasten said areas that have been skiing well all month include the 2:30 trees, Shadows, Closet and North St. Pat's.
The city of Steamboat Springs wasn't exempt from the consistent snowfall. Town received 36.3 inches of snow, according to Steamboat weather observer Art Judson. According to the National Weather Service, the 30-year average is 28.9 inches.
More precipitation is on the way after a warm weekend, according to Steamboat snow forecaster Mike Weissbluth, of http://www.snowalarm.com. In his Friday morning forecast, he wrote that a quick-moving storm out of the Northwest will favor Steamboat and could drop a foot of snow from Sunday night into Monday morning.
Then, Weissbluth anticipates "another warm and beautiful day Tuesday and most of Wednesday before clouds overspread the area ahead of the next large and complex storm," he said. "Some energy will eject over our area by Wednesday night leading to accumulating snowfall by Thursday morning."
Beyond that, Weissbluth simply said that an active pattern is setting up for March, which averages about 50 inches of snow at Steamboat Ski Area.
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