Skies and boarders wait for the gondola on Tuesday morning with 8 inches of powder being reported by Steamboat Ski Area.

Photo by Nicole Inglis

Skies and boarders wait for the gondola on Tuesday morning with 8 inches of powder being reported by Steamboat Ski Area.

After reporting 8 new inches of snow Tuesday morning, Steamboat Ski Area to open additional terrain this week

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Steamboat skiing: Dec. 11, 2012

Skiers and snowboarders enjoyed fresh snow at Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday.

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Skies and boarders start to line up for the gondola at Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday morning.

— Four lifts, 17 trails and 8 inches of powder are in store for those lucky enough to be at Steamboat Ski Area on Tuesday morning. The offerings will get better as the week goes on.

Ski area officials announced Tuesday afternoon that the 4 Points chairlift will open Wednesday and provide access to all or portions of the Rainbow, Sunset, Hurricane, Nelson's Run and Twister trails.

Top-to-bottom skiing begins Thursday when the Storm Peak Express chairlift opens, providing access to Buddy's Run, Storm Peak Face, Cyclone, Meadow Lane and Calf Roper.

The ski area is reporting a mid-mountain base of 22 inches. The resort received 16.25 inches of snow in the previous 72 hours.

Keep an eye on conditions and lines from the ski area’s webcams.

A measuring station between downtown Steamboat and the mountain is reporting 7.2 inches of new snow this morning. A station closer to the mountain is reporting 7.8 inches of snow.

Oak Creek received about 12 inches of snow, according to a measuring station northwest of town limits.

According to OpenSnow, Steamboat is reporting the most new snow in the past 24 hours of any open resort in Colorado.

Other resorts include:

• Vail: 6 inches

• Keystone: 5 inches

• Beaver Creek: 4 inches

• Loveland: 4 inches

View conditions across Steamboat with our webcam page. Keep an eye on conditions in Routt County with the Steamboat Today weather page.

The extended forecast calls for clearing skies Wednesday and Thursday before another storm system enters the region Friday and Saturday.

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Let it snow in Steamboat

It continued to snow across Steamboat on Tuesday.

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Snow changes attitudes

Steamboat residents express their excitement about the snowfall this week.

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