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Powder daze

It started ominously - a delayed opening and temperatures in the mid-60s. But by mid-January, Steamboat was awash in snow. And on March 21, the Steamboat Ski Area surpassed its single-season snowfall record. The Steamboat Pilot & Today looks back at a season to remember.

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Emmy Barr can't help but smile on a deep powder day Jan. 14. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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The snow was so deep in late January that even proceeding through downtown stop signs became particularly risky. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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The ski area reported measurable snow on 91 days since Oct. 18. Fifty-one of those days were 4 inches or more. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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Parts of the ski area were regraded before the season. Opening day was postponed from Nov. 21 to 30. Bob Dapper/courtesy

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Tom "T" Barr enjoys life on a bluebird day Feb. 29. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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Palmer Hoyt enjoys a powder day after 9 inches of snow fell Dec. 26. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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Steamboat Ski Patrollers lead an avalanche awareness clinic. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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A heavy duty snowblower clears snow from Steamboat Springs Airport on Jan. 23. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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Winter Olympic medalist and Steamboat Springs resident Nelson Carmichael has a powder field to himself Jan. 9. Larry Pierce/courtesy

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A reflection shows skiers gathering at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area on Friday morning as a small sign near the gondola entrance proclaims the total snowfall for the year to be a new record of 450 inches. Photo by Brian Ray

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