We will trade powder days for dry days this week as Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be dry and warm with highs in the 40s near and above mid-mountain. High-and-mid-level clouds could filter the sunshine at times, which could slow the softening process of the snow, but with warm temperatures, the snow will eventually soften and you'll enjoy classic spring skiing. The only weather issues will be a few showers on Wednesday, and gusty winds on Thursday.
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on April 10, 2018 at 8:50am — No Comments
Sunday was a fun powder day at the upper elevations of Steamboat with snow showers and breaks of sunshine throughout the day.
Then on Sunday night, the final wave of colder snow moved through with 7 inches falling at the summit and about 5 inches on the official mid-mountain snow stake. We could see a few more hours of accumulating snowfall until about 9:00 am on Monday morning, so with a little luck, you'll find a bit more snow than the report indicates. Have fun on…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on April 9, 2018 at 8:41am — No Comments
As of Sunday at 4:00am, the summit snow stake shows that about 8 inches of snow accumulated on Saturday night, and on the upper half of the mountain, we might see an additional 1-3 inches before the snow stops early this morning. While temperatures are finally starting to cool, the freezing level was between the summit and mid-mountain, so like Saturday, expect thick, dense powder on the upper part of the mountain with little to no new snow on the lower half of the mountain.…
Added by Marilyn Littleton on April 8, 2018 at 8:14am — No Comments
We saw snow on Friday, and this snow continued on Friday night with deeper accumulations than I expected. This is what happens when we have a lot of moisture in the air – it can lead to big snow totals! The summit snow stake showed 6 inches on Friday with 6 inches on Friday night, totaling 12 inches.
The temperature is warm, around 25-30F from mid-mountain to the summit, and just above freezing at the base. So, expect dense, surfy snow from mid-mountain and above, and…Continue
Added by Marilyn Littleton on April 7, 2018 at 8:35am — No Comments
On Thursday night, 2 inches of snow accumulated at the mid-mountain snow stake and I see 1.5 inches on the summit snow stake.
Snow Friday through Saturday morning
Expect 3-7 inches during this time, with steadier snow from Friday mid-morning through the afternoon, and showers continuing through Saturday morning. The rain/snow line should be around 8,000-9,000 feet, which would translate to dense, thick snow for most of the upper half of the mountain with rain…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on April 6, 2018 at 8:53am — No Comments
Wednesday was mostly cloudy with a high temperature at the summit around 30F.
Thursday should be similar to Wednesday, perhaps with a bit more sunshine in the morning, more clouds in the afternoon, and a daytime high ranging from the mid-30s at the summit to the mid-40s at mid-mountain.
Storm from Thursday night through Saturday morning
Expect 5-10 inches of snow during this time, and I updated the forecast to show that snow might continue from Friday…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on April 5, 2018 at 9:26am — No Comments
Tuesday was a beautiful day with temperatures in the upper teens and 20s with sunny skies throughout the day. Gorgeous!
Now on Wednesday morning, high-and-mid level clouds are moving over Colorado, so expect a partly-to-mostly cloudy day with temperatures rising from a morning low of 20-25 degrees to a daytime high in the low-to-mid 30s.
Thursday will be similar to Wednesday with partly-to-mostly cloudy skies and a daytime high in the mid-to-upper…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on April 4, 2018 at 8:49am — No Comments
Monday was warm with a high temperature around 35-40F and ridgetop wind gusts over 35mph. Then a cold front hit on Monday night, and now on Tuesday morning, the temperature is in the 0-10F range.
In addition to chilly air, the cold front also brought snow, with 2 inches on the mid-mountain snow stake and 1 inch on the summit snow stake camera. You should be able to find soft snow on the groomers on Tuesday morning - enjoy!
The weather on Tuesday will be mostly…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on April 3, 2018 at 8:50am — No Comments
The weather on Monday will be warm, with high temperatures in the upper 30s to mid-40s, and it will also be very windy, with gusts of 30-50mph on the ridges.
Then on Monday night, another fast-moving storm will bring a few hours of snow between 600pm and 300am with 2-4 inches likely accumulating by the first chair on Tuesday morning. To get the most enjoyment from this new snow on Tuesday morning, plan to be on the first chair, before the sunshine turns the new…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on April 2, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments
Following dry weather on Saturday, we saw a fast-moving storm drop 1 inch of snow on Sunday morning between about 500am and 700am. Both the mid-mountain and summit snow reports show the same one-inch number, so expect even coverage across the upper half of the mountain. This new snow should ski nicely on top of the groomed runs, so get out for the first chair and rip the corduroy with some freshies on top!
Following dry weather from Sunday afternoon through Monday…Continue
Added by Marilyn Littleton on April 1, 2018 at 8:21am — No Comments
Friday was a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and high temperatures reaching the mid-40s at the base and the low-30s at the summit.
Compared to Friday, the weather on Saturday will likely be a few degrees warmer and the sky will also likely have a few more clouds.
Between Saturday night at midnight and Sunday at noon, expect a few hours of snow showers with 1-2 inches of accumulation. The fast-moving nature of this system should limit snow totals, and the…Continue
Added by Marilyn Littleton on March 31, 2018 at 8:26am — No Comments
Following the 7 inches of snow on Wednesday and Wednesday night, the riding on Thursday morning was soft and fun. This just goes to show that we don’t need massive snow totals to create great skiing, so don’t get too picky, especially late in the season.
During the day on Thursday, snow showers returned during the midday and afternoon hours, dropping about 1/2 inch of snow on the summit. These snow showers and the cold air helped to keep conditions soft.
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on March 30, 2018 at 8:46am — No Comments
Wednesday’s weather offered snow showers through the day, with brief breaks and also times of more intense snow.
Following Wednesday's snow, there was additional snow on Wednesday night, and the final verdict on Thursday morning is about 8 inches at the Summit snow stake and about 7 inches at the official mid-mountain snow stake. About 5-6 of these inches happened before lifts closed on Wednesday afternoon, so most of this snow will be tracked with some freshies on…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on March 29, 2018 at 9:01am — No Comments
Tuesday was a beautiful, sunny day with high temperatures around 40F at the base and 25-30F at the summit. Ah, springtime in the Rockies!
Most of Tuesday night was dry, then clouds and snow showers moved into the Steamboat area around 500 am on Wednesday morning, at least a few hours earlier than what I said would happen in yesterday’s forecast. As I write this at 630 am on Wednesday morning, the summit snow stake camera shows a dusting of snow accumulation. This…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on March 28, 2018 at 8:49am — No Comments
We saw snowflakes through the first 2/3rds of Monday as a narrow band of precipitation set up over northwestern Colorado. These flakes amounted to 1 inch at mid-mountain and 2 inches at the summit. Then the snow came to an end on Monday night as the storm moved to the south.
On Tuesday morning, skies are clear and we’ll see plenty of sunshine with temperatures rising from a morning low of about 15F to an afternoon high in…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on March 27, 2018 at 8:48am — No Comments
I have returned to the internet following my four-day, three-night hut trip in the mountains west of Leadville. Thanks to Sam Collentine for writing the Steamboat Daily Snow while I was gone.
The calendar shows that we are clearly into springtime, but four storms will likely bring snow to Steamboat during the next 10 days, so ski season is far from over!
The first storm will spread light snow over Steamboat through the day on Monday. If we are lucky,…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on March 26, 2018 at 8:20am — No Comments
Steamboat will receive mild temps and gusty winds out of the southwest on Sunday, followed by increased cloud coverage during the second half of the day. Look for mid-mountain highs in the 30s ahead of slightly cooler temps for the rest of this week.
Come Sunday evening, increasing clouds will turn over to light snow showers through Monday. Totals will range from a dusting to maybe an inch or two as a slow-moving system slides to our southwest and eventually well…Continue
Added by Marilyn Littleton on March 25, 2018 at 8:48am — No Comments
Steamboat is reporting 11 inches on the summit for Saturday morning's report. This is slightly higher than expected but I believe the wind shifted just enough to the west to deliver us an extra few inches. The turns will be soft and surfy so get out there and enjoy!
Mostly sunny skies and mild temperatures will now be the story on Saturday and into Sunday. There's still just enough moisture to produce a few clouds and high-elevation showers but this shouldn't put a…Continue
Added by Marilyn Littleton on March 24, 2018 at 8:28am — No Comments
We have a dusting on the snow stake cam as of 7:45 am as the storm has made its way into Steamboat. Temperatures are currently in the low 30s and we have a wet snow falling on the mountain, with a rain/snow mix at the base area.
A relatively weak cold front will swing through Steamboat later this morning and bring us a good shot of moderate to heavy snow. Our primary wind direction will shift to blow from the southwest to the west-southwest by midday. This isn't…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on March 23, 2018 at 8:37am — No Comments
Thursday will offer partly to mostly cloudy skies and warm temperatures, likely reaching into the 40s. We might see a few showers during the day, but I think most of the time will be dry.
The next storm will then bring precipitation from Thursday evening through Friday night. The first half of the storm, on Thursday night and Friday morning, will be very warm. Rain will be possible near and below mid-mountain, though during times of more intense precipitation,…Continue
Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on March 22, 2018 at 8:44am — No Comments