Longtime residents, skiers reflect on a record season - and seasons past

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Ray Heid

Ray Heid

This "was the hardest, healthiest winter I've ever had, not only skiing but out here horseback riding. I had to walk in front of the horses this winter just to show them where the trail was. : I had some of the lightest, deepest powder I've ever skied in 68 years of skiing.

"There were times when you'd pick your line up between the trees and had to stay with it because the snow was coming not at your face but clear over the top - I called it submarining.

"I was born and raised here. I'm fourth-generation; my kids are fifth; my grandkids are sixth - so I'm almost local. We've done winter horseback rides for 22 years without missing a day till this winter. A few weeks ago, we had to take four days off and bring a (snowcat) in to clear the trails.

"It's been awesome; it's the most snow that I remember, and I remember as a little kid shoveling a path out to the coal shed and not being able to throw the snow high enough to get it over my head. This was a year that reminds me of those years."

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Sandy Evans Hall

Sandy Evans Hall

"This has been an awesome season in terms of the amount of snowfall we've had. I do remember one other season : it would have been January of '96 or '97, somewhere in there. It was a period of time where we had double-digit snowfall every day for around 15 days. It was huge. And it was the first time I ever heard that the schools were about to close.

"My daughter was born here and went to school all the way through high school and never had a day where they closed. But they almost closed (that) year : because they were getting to a point where they couldn't safely drive the buses. The snow banks were getting so high that you couldn't really see around corners; the streets were getting narrower and narrower. : People had to put things on their antennas to drive around town.

"It was the first winter that my husband moved to Steamboat. : He was here, we didn't have a plow truck; we didn't have a snow blower, so we were shoveling. We would shovel every night and then shovel every morning. : I took some pictures of the Chamber at that time : the banks of snow were up to our roof.

"While it wasn't a record year, it was a record snowfall, period. : It just never stopped. : It was a lot of snow constantly. I kept telling my husband, 'This usually only lasts a few days.'"

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Pete Wither

Pete Wither

"I've skied up on that mountain since its inception, and I've seen a lot of records come and go. It's always exciting. This one, since we had such a late start and so many days of snow in a row, that is significant in my opinion. Everyone enjoyed all the powder snow and missed all the days with sunshine.

"I think people enjoyed the powder and missed the sunny days we have around here : now we're thinking, 'Oh my gosh, we're going to get more snow, and how long is it going to take to melt?' I have a little way of telling how long it's going to be. On the first day of spring, March 21, you go out and measure the snow anywhere, in your yard - not in a snow bank or anything - and set your ruler down there, or yardstick, whatever measuring tool you want to use. However many inches there are, it goes down an inch a day. : There are 100 inches up there now; it will take 100 days to melt. That's a little indicator of how long it will take to melt. I do that every year. It's actually proved to be pretty accurate. I predict that people will be mowing their lawns by May 1."

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Suzy Lord (formerly Williams)

Suzy Lord (formerly Williams)

"In 1974, when I graduated from high school here, the very last day of ski season, it snowed 3 feet. We had to close, no matter what, and we were doing what we weren't supposed to do - jumping off ski lifts and skiing down.

"I had one of my most epic days this year skiing down and over bumps; I can think of three or four times in my life when I've had as much fun as this year."

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Rod Schrage

Rod Schrage

"I think the one that pops in my mind, and my memory isn't good enough to remember what year it was, but I remember a year when we closed in April with 100 inches. That, to me, was the epic year. The ski area had a 100-inch base when we closed. I remember that as being a more impressive year : having true winter go through the middle of April."

Comments

Getitright 6 years, 8 months ago

Great to hear from these long time locals! As one who's been here 33 years I can remember in the not to distant past a year where the ski area closed and we got over 6 more feet of snow! I can also remember it snowing on top of the mountain on the 4th of July! Everybody had jackets on at the parade! I have seen it snow on the mountains every month of the year!

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playa46 6 years, 8 months ago

As a fourteen-year-old I am glad that I am around when we break a record. Snowboarding is a total passion for me. And as Getitright said, I too remember the year when we had snow on the 4th of July.

GO STEAMBOAT!!!!!! :)

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