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The Steamboat Ski Area’s official snow depth measuring stake on Storm Peak shows a record 138 inches on April 4. The 2010-11 ski season was a La Niña year, and climate forecasters are expecting more of the same for this winter.

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La Niña likely to return to Steamboat Springs

Expert: Climate event typically means above-average snowfall for Steamboat

Knock on wood, but one of the major tools used to help predict the abundance of snow in Steamboat Springs boasts some good news for powder hounds. With 70 to 80 percent certainty, La Niña is expected to return, according to Joe Ramey, a meteorologist and climate expert.


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