Spring is under way, but winter still looms

Steamboat Springs under a snow and blowing snow advisory until 6 p.m.

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— Spring officially began March 20, but Mother Nature has other ideas.

The city of Steamboat Springs and vicinity are under a snow and blowing snow advisory until 6 p.m. this afternoon, with the National Weather Service predicting between 5 and 10 inches of snow in town before the storm system leaves the area. Gusty winds up to 40 mph are expected to cause areas of blowing and drifting snow.

The spring snowfall is making the beginning of the last week of the season at Steamboat Ski Area one to remember. The ski area reported 10 inches of new snow this morning, bringing the record-setting season snowfall total to 478 inches.

Steamboat Springs skier Michael Ruby was one of the first to ride up Storm Peak Express on Monday morning. Looking down at untouched trails below the lift, Ruby said it was nice to get in one more powder day before he transitions to mountain biking.

Ruby said his routine of going out until late at night and then waking early to hit the slopes is quickly winding down.

"Last call, first chair, last time," Ruby said.

While riding the Sundown Express lift, Steamboat snowboarder Rob Gleffe and his friends were well aware the snow from the previous night put the ski area to within 22 inches of a 500-inch season total. It could happen, they said.

"Another epic day in the 'Boat,'" Gleffe said. "Just a cherry on top of a great season. Beautiful turns all the way up and all the way down."

Spring-like temperatures may not cooperate with hopes for a 500-inch season. A warming trend is expected to begin Tuesday and continue through the week, with daytime highs reaching the mid-40s and low 50s by Thursday and Friday. Precipitation is forecast for the Steamboat area Wednesday through Friday, but it could be in the form of rain during daylight hours.

This weekend is closing weekend at the ski area. The first annual Springalicious festival is Saturday and Sunday and includes a pond-skimming competition, the annual Cardboard Classic and live concerts by American Relay, The Radiators and Susan Tedeschi.

The 28th annual Cardboard Classic begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at the base of the ski area. American Relay performs in Gondola Square at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Radiators perform in Gondola Square at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Splashdown pond-skimming competition begins at 3 p.m. Sunday on the Lil' Rodeo ski trail near the base of the mountain. A children's Jib Jam is at 3:15 p.m. Sunday on the Stampede trail, and Susan Tedeschi performs at 4 p.m. Sunday in Gondola Square.

For more information about Springalicious events, call the ski area at (970) 871-5444.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be sunny with high temperatures in the low to mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service.

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