2006 Olympian and repeat X Games medalist Erin Simmons sprays some snow Monday on Ted’s Ridge at Steamboat Ski Area. Weekend snowfall on Mount Werner pushed the ski area’s snow total past 400 inches for the season, for the third time in the past four winters and the eighth time since 1980.

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2006 Olympian and repeat X Games medalist Erin Simmons sprays some snow Monday on Ted’s Ridge at Steamboat Ski Area. Weekend snowfall on Mount Werner pushed the ski area’s snow total past 400 inches for the season, for the third time in the past four winters and the eighth time since 1980.

Ski area snowfall breaks 400-inch mark

Mount Werner tops milestone for eighth time since 1980; third in last four seasons

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Monthly, mid-mountain snowfall at Steamboat Ski Area for 2010-11 season (by inches)

October (pre-season): 21

November: 90*

December: 73

January: 68

February: 84

March (through Sunday): 65

Total: 401

*61 inches fell in November before the ski area opened for Scholarship Day on Nov. 24

Source: Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

400-inch seasons

2010-11: 401 (through Sunday)

2008-09: 405

2007-08: 489 (record)

2005-06: 432

1996-97: 448

1995-96: 441

1992-93: 416

1983-84: 448

Source: Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

— Mid-mountain snowfall at Steamboat Ski Area topped 400 inches for the season Sunday, surpassing the powdery milestone for the third time in the past four winters and the eighth time since 1980.

A Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. news release stated that Sunday’s storm dropped 6 inches of new snow at mid-mountain, pushing the season’s mid-mountain total to 401 inches two weeks before Closing Day on April 10.

Eighty-two of those inches fell in October and early November, before the ski area opened for Scholarship Day on Nov. 24.

Ski Corp. stated that snow has fallen on Mount Werner on 100 of 154 days since Oct. 23, with at least 4 inches recorded on 42 of those days.

This season’s total tally is another landmark in a series of consistently big-snowfall winters, the likes of which Steamboat hadn’t seen since the mid-’90s.

While the 2009-10 season saw just 261.75 inches fall at mid-mountain, the ski area recorded a total of 405 inches in 2008-09 and the record tally of 489 inches in the memorable winter of 2007-08.

The 2005-06 season saw 432 inches fall at mid-mountain.

Steamboat Ski Area has recorded only eight 400-inch seasons since 1980.

Those seasons also include 1996-97, with 448 inches; 1983-84, also with 448; 1995-96, with 441.25; and 1992-93, with 416.

This seasons total likely went up overnight, as the National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecast as much as 6 inches for Steamboat on Monday evening and early this morning. A winter weather advisory for Northwest Colorado was in effect until 6 a.m. today.

“Just a week into spring and Mother Nature has put us right back into full-on winter with mid-January conditions with lots of snow and cold temperatures,” said Doug Allen, Ski Corp.’s vice president of mountain operations. “Forecasts are calling for continued snow through this week, with the northern mountains again being the favored areas.”

— To reach Mike Lawrence, call 970-871-4233 or email mlawrence@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

mmjPatient22 3 years, 7 months ago

And you interpretted all of the above data as....global warming?

Love to hear that one.

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Steve Lewis 3 years, 7 months ago

It gets easier and easier to hit 400 when you count more and more days of of pre-season snow in the tally. The old numbers started on opening day.

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exduffer 3 years, 7 months ago

Hopefully by the time I retire this will be a tropical paradise.

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greenwash 3 years, 7 months ago

exduffer....Retire ? Obviously your not a realtor.

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exduffer 3 years, 7 months ago

No not a realtor, just hoping some day to take the ex off of my moniker.

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