Steamboat Ski Area snow report for Saturday, Dec. 22

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New terrain

The ski area's First Tracks program begins today. The Pony Express chairlift, providing access to the ski area's Pioneer Ridge terrain, is scheduled to open Sunday.

According to the 5 a.m. snow report, the mountain is now 85 percent open.

Snow

No new snow in the past 24 hours

Past 48 hours: No snow

Base: 32 inches

Total snow: 93.75 inches

Lifts and trails

14 lifts are open

145 trails are open

Forecast

As of 5 a.m., it was 19 degrees at mid-mountain. Today's high is supposed to reach the mid-20s under mostly sunny skies.

The next chance of snow comes Christmas Eve, with a fresh coat of powder possible for Christmas Day skiing.

Avalanche danger is considerable in the backcountry.

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center is reporting two observed avalanches Thursday on Buffalo Pass.

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Skiing on powder at Steamboat Ski Area

Video by Chad Harkins on Dec. 19.

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Dec. 19, 2012, powder day

Six inches fell overnight and 13 inches of new snow at the summit in the past 24 hours.

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