Steamboat Springs Just in time for the busy holiday ski season, major snowmaking operations wrapped up Wednesday morning at Steamboat Ski Area.
“At this point, we’re right on schedule,” said Doug Allen, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. vice president of mountain operations.
Snowmaking began Oct. 26 and has been aided by 116.75 inches of natural snowfall at midmountain from Oct. 25 through Thursday afternoon.
The ski area measures its snowmaking efforts by the amount of water used. This season, the ski area has used 82 million gallons of water. That is less than the 97 million gallons of water used on average each season. Allen said that once the holiday rush is over, and depending on snow conditions, snowmakers will return to the slopes to “patch up” areas with snowmaking. That could bump water usage closer to the average.
“If we continue to get this great natural snow we’re getting, we may be able to taper that off,” Allen said.