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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Friday, January 12, 2018

Joel Gratz

Good Friday morning – get out on the hill because the powder will be excellent!

After a mostly dry day on Thursday, Steamboat received 3-4 inches on Thursday night between midnight and 5 am. It’s snowing hard as I type this at 7 am on Friday, and there should be an additional 4-8 inches of snow during the morning and midday on Friday. All of this new snow on top of the soft base (thanks to the snow on Wednesday) means that you’ll find fantastic powder on Friday –…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on January 12, 2018 at 8:31am — No Comments

The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Thursday, January 11, 2018

Joel Gratz

We received 9 inches of snow on Wednesday midday and afternoon, then another 1 inch on Wednesday night. This means that you should find soft conditions and perhaps fresh tracks in some areas on Thursday morning – enjoy the new snow!

There might be times of light snow or flurries on Thursday, though I think any additional accumulations will be minimal.

From Thursday night through Friday afternoon, another storm will hit northern Colorado with an additional 6-12…

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Steamboat Mountain Happenings, January 10, 2018

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

STEAMBOAT FRIDAY NIGHTS

Enjoy an evening of excitement including night skiing, rides on the Outlaw mountain coaster and participate in the light up ski parade. Boogie down in Gondola Square with a DJ dance party and enjoy a different specialty act each night on the Steamboat stage. The Bear River Bar & Grill will be open to warm up, enjoy dinner, drinks and trivia night. The grand finale is Friday night Fireworks.…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Joel Gratz

Tuesday night was dry, and now on Wednesday morning, snow just began to fall steadily at around 7 am.

From Wednesday morning through Wednesday last chair, expect moderate to intense snowfall with 3-6+ inches of accumulation. There should be more powder on the slopes throughout the day. Temperatures will start warm, with thicker, denser snow, then should cool with fluffier snow by afternoon.

On Wednesday night, a favorable wind from the northwest should keep…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Joel Gratz

Late on Monday night, we saw light snow for a time as the next storm starts to push moisture toward Steamboat. This light snow left a coating on the upper mountain, but accumulations were under one inch.

On Tuesday and Tuesday night, we might see a few additional snow showers, though I think most of this time will be dry and any snow accumulation should be minimal. Also, temperatures will be warm with a high near freezing at mid-mountain, so there could be a few rain…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Friday, January 5, 2018

Joel Gratz

Friday is starting out as another morning with a temperature inversion (temperatures increase with elevation). Readings are about 10F at the base and about 30F at the top of the Gondola! The afternoon high will be in the mid-30s with increasing mid-and-high level clouds filtering the sunshine.

On Saturday, expect clouds to increase during the day, with light snow beginning during the late afternoon or early evening. On Saturday night, snow will likely intensify, and…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Joel Gratz

Morning temperature inversions (cooler air at a lower elevation) are standard in Steamboat during stretches of dry, clear, and calm weather. On Thursday morning, you’ll find lots of sunshine with a temperature near the river of about -5F, a temperature at the base area of about 10F, and a temperature at mid-mountain of about 20F. By midday, temperatures from base-to-summit should warm nicely into the upper-20s to low-30s with plenty of sunshine. These conditions will be…

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Steamboat Mountain Happenings, January 3, 2108

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

STEAMBOAT FRIDAY NIGHTS

Enjoy an evening of excitement including night skiing, rides on the Outlaw mountain coaster and participate in the light up ski parade. Boogie down in Gondola Square with a DJ dance party and enjoy a different specialty act each night on the Steamboat stage. The Bear River Bar & Grill will be open to warm up, enjoy dinner, drinks and trivia night. The grand finale is Friday night Fireworks.…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Joel Gratz

On Wednesday morning, you’ll find lots of sunshine, a base temperature of about -5F, and much warmer readings on the mountain where the temperature is about 20F. By midday, temperatures from base-to-summit should warm nicely into the mid-20s to low-30s. These conditions will be repeated on Thursday and Friday, with perhaps a few more clouds filtering the sunshine on those days.

On Saturday, expect an increase in clouds during the afternoon, with snow beginning in the…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Joel Gratz

Clear skies overnight often lead to a temperature inversion at Steamboat, where readings at the base are much colder than on the mountain. This is the case on Tuesday morning, so know that when you head out, it’ll be at least 10 degrees warmer at mid-mountain compared to the base.

We’ll see lots of sun and comfortable temperatures this week. Highs will be in the upper 20s to low 30s on Tuesday, then will rise into the 30s on Wednesday, Thursday, and…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Monday, January 1, 2018

Joel Gratz

Clear skies overnight often lead to a temperature inversion at Steamboat, which is when readings at the base are much colder than on the mountain. This is the case on Monday morning, so know that when you head out, it’ll be at least 10-15 degrees warmer at mid-mountain compared to the base.

The forecast for this week is for lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. Highs will be in the upper 20s to low 30s on Monday and Tuesday, then will rise into the 30s on…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Friday, December 29, 2017

Joel Gratz

The weather on Friday and Saturday will be partly-to-mostly sunny with comfortable temperatures heading into the mid-to-upper 30s by early afternoon. Lather on the sunscreen and enjoy the 150 trails which are currently open at Steamboat. Our snowpack is only 69% of average for this date, so be thankful for the hard work of the snowmaking team and the luck of receiving 32 inches of snow in the past week, which all helped to open a good chunk of the mountain.

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on December 29, 2017 at 8:28am — No Comments

The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Thursday, December 28, 2017

Joel Gratz

The forecast for Thursday and Friday will be similar to Wednesday with high temperatures in the 30s, partly to mostly sunny skies, and perhaps just a flurry or a few clouds at times as weak storms pass by to the north of Colorado.

Our next chance for snow will arrive on Saturday night when we could see a quick 1-3 inches during the evening. This new snow would soften the slopes for Sunday morning.

After that, I think the first few days of January will be dry,…

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Steamboat Mountain Happenings, December 27, 2017

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

MEET AN OLYMPIAN: NELSON CARMICHAEL & CAROLINE LALIVE

Join Nelson and Caroline at 10:00 am on December 30, for a “Meet an Olympian” chat at the Olympian display on the second floor of Thunderhead Lodge. Steamboat Resort will present a series of chats with Steamboat Olympians throughout the season providing guests a front-row seat to meet Olympians, see their medals and learn what it’s like to compete at an elite…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Joel Gratz

You’ll find Wednesday morning’s temperatures around 5-10F at the base, around 20-25F at mid-mountain, and between 10-15F at the summit. Yes, temperatures vary widely across Steamboat, especially in the morning following a night of clear skies.

Wednesday’s high temperature should be in the upper 20s to low 30s with partly to mostly sunny skies. There is not much more to ask for beyond comfortable temperatures, sunshine, more than three-quarters of the mountain open…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Boxing Day, Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Joel Gratz

I hope you had a Merry Christmas skiing powder at Steamboat!

Snow fell through the morning on Monday, with a storm total of about 11 inches at mid-mountain. The total snowfall from three-and-a-half-days between Thursday night and Monday midday was 31 inches … very impressive! This snow allowed Steamboat to open more terrain, and now about 60% of the trails are open (95 of 165).

The forecast for the rest of the week looks dry and at least partly sunny, with…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Christmas Day 2017



The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Christmas Day 2017

Joel Gratz

The official snow report shows that 7 inches fell between Sunday at midnight and Monday at 5am at mid-mountain.

What the snow report will not tell you, but you can see from the time-lapse webcams, is that intense snowfall has continued between Monday 5am to 8am at least another few inches has

fallen. That means that you’ll find at least 8-10 inches of fresh pow when you get to first chair, and…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on December 25, 2017 at 9:29am — No Comments

The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Friday, December 22, 2017

Joel Gratz

Thursday's storm did not take an ideal track to bring snow to Steamboat because the wind direction was from the north and east. The best wind direction for Steamboat is from the west and west-northwest. Still, we managed to eek out 2 inches of snow, and I'll take the flakes!

The really, really, really good news is that the next few storms should bring a wind direction from the west, and thus Steamboat has the chance to see a lot of snow through Christmas Day…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast,Thursday, December 21, 2017

Joel Gratz

On Thursday morning, light snow is falling on Steamboat with an on-mountain temperature in the low 20s. I expect just light snow and light accumulations for most of the day on Thursday because the wind from the east is not favorable for Steamboat. Later on Thursday afternoon and evening, the wind direction should switch to blow from the west. This westerly direction is favorable for snow at Steamboat and might bring a few inches after lifts close. If this happens, target…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on December 21, 2017 at 8:49am — No Comments

Steamboat Mountain Happenings, December 20, 2017

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

STEAMBOAT FRIDAY NIGHTS

Enjoy an evening of excitement including night skiing, rides on the Outlaw mountain coaster and participate in the light up ski parade. Boogie down in Gondola Square with a DJ dance party and enjoy a different specialty act each night on the Steamboat stage. The Bear River Bar & Grill will be open to warm up, enjoy dinner, drinks and trivia night. The grand finale is Friday night Fireworks.…

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