It’s Official: Steamboat beats record!

21 Mar, 2008

Yesterday we received some new snow in town making us beat our record! It’s been a great year in Steamboat with the snowfall. Definitely living in a town with great quality of snow makes those epic powder days…even more epic.

One of my favorite photos I took this year…follow the trail to get to powder


With more than 37 feet of Champagne Powder® snow this winter, the Steamboat Ski Resort will finish the 2007/2008 season in record fashion, breaking its previous season snow record of 447.75 inches set in 1996/1997.

“Despite early forecasts calling for a warmer and drier winter, big snows, often the norm in Steamboat, were a common occurrence and provided a season full of epic powder days,” said Chris Diamond, president & chief operating officer for Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “Powderhounds will have plenty of powder tales to tell for years or at the very least until the cycle begins again with the opening of the 2008/2009 season on November 26th.”

Overnight, a storm blanketed the resort with 4 inches at mid-mountain and the summit resulting in a 74-inch base at mid-mountain and 97-inch base at the summit, moving the season snowfall total to 450 inches, 2.25 inches more than the previous record-breaking season. Currently, the top-three season snow totals for Steamboat include this year’s 450 (& counting); 447.75 in 1996/97; and 447.5 in 1983/84.

In addition to establishing a new all-time snowfall record and registering a “four-wire winter”, the resort hit three key milestones within just a month of each other: surpassing 300-inch mark on 2/1/08; six days later surpassing 350-inch mark on 2/7/08; and on March 2nd surpassing the 400-inch mark. Furthermore, Steamboat-Ski Town, U.S.A. received more than 100 inches of snow for three months (December, January & February) for the first time in resort history.

Since November 21st, snow has fallen 91 out of 122 days (74.5%) with 51 of those days recording four or more inches. This season at mid-mountain, the resort has seen 17 inches in October; 23 inches in November; 126 inches in December (3rd snowiest); 129 inches in January (2nd snowiest) and 104 inches in February (2nd snowiest); and 51 inches in March for a combined total of 450 inches (37.5 feet).

“With each additional flake over the next few weeks, a new snowfall record will be set,” continued Diamond. “With just over two weeks left in the record-breaking snow season, spring skiing/riding in Steamboat should definitely not be missed.”

The inaugural Springalicious Festival, April 5 & 6, will celebrate the end of the record 2007/2008 Champagne Powder® snow season with the 28th Annual Cardboard Classic, a new SPLASHDOWN pond skimming competition and three free concerts by American Relay, The Radiators and Susan Tedeschi. The Bear River Bar and Grill is your Springalicious headquarters to enjoy the amazing musical line-up and fantastic food and drink specials. Springalicious offers a great opportunity to get ready and gear up for next season with an end of the season blowout sale.

“Springalicious is the perfect way to close out the perfect season with a splash,” said Andy Wirth, executive vice president of sales & marketing and chief marketing officer for Intrawest. “This end-of-season bash will be the first of what the resort expects to become a long-running signature event and a way to celebrate spring and the end of every season going forward.”

Steamboat Central Reservations® plans to also offer a specialicious lift/lodging package starting as low as $175 per adult. Buy two nights and get Sunday night FREE, with this special package, available for stays April 4-7. Package also includes Free Friday Afternoon lift tickets for adults and teens and Kids Ski Free™ applies. Additional taxes and restrictions may apply; contact Steamboat Central Reservations, 800.922.2722 or, for details and booking options.

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