Steamboat Ski Area wins out during March storm
March 19, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A March storm made for a deep powder day at Steamboat Ski Area, as well as treacherous driving conditions on Routt County’s roads.
The storm began dropping snow in the Steamboat area at about 5 p.m. Sunday, and 12 hours later, the ski area officially reported 9 inches of snow had fallen at mid-mountain. By noon, 12 inches was measured.
Higher up in elevation at the ski area, the Steamboat Powder Cam was showing snow 16 inches high.
The storm bumps total March snowfall to 19.25 inches at mid-mountain.
Average snowfall for the month of March over the past 20 years at the ski area is 48.39 inches.
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Nearby at the automated weather station on Buffalo Pass, only 4 inches of new snow was being reported as of Monday afternoon.
Joel Gratz, who runs opensnow.com, reported Steamboat Ski Area was the big winner from the most recent storm.
"My big surprise was Steamboat," Gratz said. "I did not think that Steamboat would see this much snow, as wind from the northwest was forecast for that area, but the actual observation from the top of the mountain shows a wind from the west, which is the best direction for Steamboat."
The storm also created treacherous driving conditions.
Near Steamboat on Colorado Highway 131, one person received minor injuries in a rollover crash.
Further south on Colo. 131 near Toponas, one person received minor injuries when a van rolled over.
Chains were required during the storm for commercial vehicles on U.S. Highway 40 over Rabbit Ears Pass.