Steamboat Springs ski patroller Jon Feiges checks the amount of snowfall at noon Tuesday at the mid-mountain point. The ski area surpassed last year's total with the most recent winter storm.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs ski patroller Jon Feiges checks the amount of snowfall at noon Tuesday at the mid-mountain point. The ski area surpassed last year's total with the most recent winter storm.

Steamboat Ski Area hits snow milestone

Ski area has 263 inches, more than last season's total

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— Tuesday was more than just another powder day in Steamboat Springs.

With the most recent storm, Steamboat Ski Area has surpassed last season’s snow total. As of Tuesday afternoon, the ski area was reporting 11 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours, bringing the season total to 263 inches. Last year’s total was 261.75 inches, after consecutive seasons in excess of 400 inches.

“This year has been a phenomenal season as far as snow goes, starting off with a bang with that record November,” Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said. “Being able to hit that 100-inch mark on Nov. 30 just set us up for a big winter. The fact that the storms that were forecasted for the season have come and dropped plentiful snow was a huge gift to the ski area.

“We’re thrilled that we’re already at 263 inches and it’s the first day of February.”

During the 2008-09 season, when the ski area received a total of 405 inches of snow, it had recorded 250 by Feb. 1, according to figures from Ski Corp. The figures indicated that the year before, the 2007-08 record season of 489 inches, the ski area had recorded 308 inches by Feb. 1.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service’s office in Grand Junction don’t expect Steamboat to receive additional snow until later this week, and they don’t think it will be significant.

“It doesn’t look like any significant probability of snowfall until Friday night or Saturday,” meteorologist Norv Larson said and added that the snow would be light.

But Larson said he expected the temperature to remain low today. The ski area reported a temperature of 21 degrees below zero at the summit of Mount Werner on Tuesday morning.

Larson said today’s high would be around zero degrees and would dip to 20 below tonight. He said temperatures Thursday should increase somewhat, with highs in the mid-teens.

Kasten said skiers and riders who brave the low temperatures during the next couple of days would be treated to some of the best powder of the season. The ski area reported a 72-inch base at mid-mountain and a 95-inch base at the summit as of Tuesday afternoon.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or e-mail jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com

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