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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Joel Gratz

Thanks to the hard work of the snowmaking team, Four Points lift will open Wednesday with the following trails: middle Giggle Gulch, Park Lane, Short Cut, upper Rainbow, Skyline, upper Burgess Creek Lift Line, upper Hurricane and White Out.

And thanks to the atmosphere, we have natural snow in the forecast with two storms in the next 3-4 days.

The first storm will move from north-to-south over Colorado on Wednesday night and Thursday, and this should bring…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Joel Gratz

There will be 17 trails open on Tuesday, and this is mostly thanks to the hard working snowmaking crew that has taken advantage of recent cold temperatures. Our natural snowfall is about 65% of average, and we will not improve that number on Tuesday or Wednesday as we'll continue to see beautiful blue skies and comfortable temperatures with morning readings at the base in the teens and rising into the 30s during the afternoon. Temperatures at mid-mountain will be steadier…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Monday, December 11, 2017

Joel Gratz

Temperatures each night this weekend dropped into the teens and 20s, which is low enough for snowmaking. In the absence of much natural snow, at least temperatures are chilly and the sun angle is low, which allows the snow on the ground to stick around.

The weather this week will be dry and mostly sunny with high temperatures in the 30s and lows in the teens and 20s. This should make for comfortable ski conditions during the day and allow crews to continue to make…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Friday, December 8, 2017

Joel Gratz

The official snow report, which measures new snow at mid-mountain, notes that 1 inch fell on Thursday and another inch fell on Thursday night for a total 24-hour report of 2 inches. That brings us up to 12 inches of snow for the week. Yes, we could use a lot more snow, but every flake counts and it's great to see the mountain covered in white.

There will be lingering clouds on Friday morning, then we should see plenty of sunshine with afternoon temperatures rising…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Thursday, December 7, 2017

Joel Gratz

Weak storm systems are sliding over Colorado's northern mountains and this is leading to clouds, cold air, and very light snowfall at Steamboat. On Wednesday, the summit snow stake camera showed a coating to an inch of snow, and I think we'll see a similar situation with a coating to 2 inches of snow from Thursday morning to Thursday late evening. Temperatures are chilly with readings around 10F at the base and in the single digits on the hill, so bundle up!

Looking…

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Steamboat Mountain Happenings, December 6,2017

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

STEAMBOAT HOLIDAY FESTIVAL – DECEMBER 17

Come to gondola square and celebrate the holiday season Steamboat Style. See Santa ride down the slopes on horseback and meet Santa at his workshop along with some of his favorite reindeer friends. Additional festivities include cookie decorating and a special holiday concert featuring the Face Vocal Band. The party continues after dark with a torchlight parade and fireworks…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Joel Gratz- Meteorologist at OpenSnow.com

Happy Wednesday and dress warmly this morning as the temperature is in the single digits from the base up to the summit. Isn't it great that it feels like winter again with cold temps and natural snow on the ground?

The weather for Wednesday will be partly sunny and likely dry, though a few clouds and flurries could sneak in from a system to our east. Then on Thursday, another slightly stronger system will slide into northern Colorado…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Joel Gratz

Monday was a great day at Steamboat with about 4-5 inches waiting for you in the morning and another 4-5 inches that fell during the morning and midday.

The snow that fell on Monday came in the form of big fluffy flakes, the exact type that creates the Champagne Powder that Steamboat is famous for. The weather conditions that most often produce these flakes at Steamboat is a summit temperature of 5-10F and a wind direction from the west, and those were the exact…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Monday, December 4, 2017

Joel Gratz

On Monday morning, the snow report from mid-mountain indicates that 4-5 inches of snow fell on Sunday night, and this is confirmed by the snow stake webcam at the summit. And now as the sun rises around 7 am, light-to-moderate snow continues to fall, so you will enjoy fresh and soft turns in the morning. Please dress warmly as temperatures at mid-mountain are a chilly 10 degrees. And expect another 1-3 inches throughout the day on Monday as snow showers…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Friday, December 1, 2017

Joel Gratz

Good Friday morning!

Friday's weather should be mostly dry, though I can't rule out a few snow showers as a weak storm moves just to the north of Colorado.

On Saturday, expect dry, sunny, and slightly warmer weather (compared to Friday) with highs in the upper 30s to mid-40s.

On Sunday, we will see a few midday and afternoon snow showers, and then a cold front will bring a period of intense snow on Sunday night through Monday morning. If you want to ski…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Friday, November 30, 2017

Joel Gratz

Good news sports fans – temperatures are colder than they were last week, so nighttime snowmaking is once again a thing. Making snow for 6-12 hours each night can only do so much, so I am not expecting a lot more terrain to open, but colder temperatures are better than warmer temperatures, so we'll take it.

Steamboat's next chance for natural snowfall will occur on Sunday and Monday. Expect light snow to begin on Sunday, then a cold front will blast through on Sunday…

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Steamboat Mountain Happenings

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

STEAMBOAT HOLIDAY FESTIVAL – DECEMBER 17

Come to gondola square and celebrate the holiday season Steamboat Style. See Santa ride down the slopes on horseback and meet Santa at his workshop along with some of his favorite reindeer friends. Additional festivities include cookie decorating and a special holiday concert featuring the Face Vocal Band. The party…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Joel Gratz

Happy hump day and thanks for checking in. I wish I had better snow-related news, but there is still good to talk about.

The good – even though Monday night's storm didn't produce measurable snow, it did drop temperatures by 10-15 degrees and these cooler readings should persist through the week. Cooler temperatures should allow for a bit more snowmaking. Another piece of good news is that we will likely see snow on Sunday and Monday with at least a few inches of…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Joel Gratz

I am writing this post late on Monday night because the storm we are expecting tonight is weakening and I am not sure that we'll get any more than a dusting to an inch of snow if that. When you wake up on Tuesday morning, check the webcams and official snow report to see what fell, and keep your expectations low.

The good news is that even though the forecast for the rest of the week is for dry weather, temperatures will be much cooler than the last few days…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Monday, November 27, 2017

Joel Gratz

I'd love to tell you that we'll see a lot of natural snow this week, but that's just not in the cards. We might sneak out an inch or two on Monday night, and could see flurries to a coating of snow on Wednesday night. Aside from these two storms, however, the rest of the week will be dry. The upside of these systems is that temperatures will drop a few degrees, which should allow for more nighttime snowmaking.

Looking further ahead, I have medium confidence that a…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Friday, November 24, 2017

The Steamboat Daily Snow-Joel Gratz

Thanksgiving was mostly sunny at Steamboat, and now on Friday morning, more clouds are covering the sky. These clouds are being produced by a weak storm that will brush by northern Colorado on Friday afternoon. Expect the clouds to hang around through most of the day, and we may even see snow showers later on Friday, which could produce a coating of new snow.

The main benefit of Friday afternoon's not-very-strong storm will be cooler…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Thursday, November 23, 2017

The Steamboat Daily Snow - Joel Gratz

It's Thanksgiving Day and the mountain is now open. Enjoy your first turns of the season!

The current weather pattern is pushing most of the moisture and storms to the north of Colorado, however, some of this moisture is sneaking south, hanging over northern Colorado, and that is why there is a persistent layer of clouds over Steamboat. I do think we'll see more sunshine on Thursday compared to Wednesday, though, so keep that sunblock…

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Steamboat Mountain Happenings, November 23, 2017

MOUNTAIN HAPPENINGS

THE SEASON BEGINS! SCHOLARSHIP DAY- NOVEMBER 22

Specially priced lift tickets benefit the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Fund. Purchase tickets at the Ticket Office, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. Scholarship Day Lift Tickets are $25, and the first lift opens at 8:30 am. Passes are not valid on Scholarship Day. 

• FREE Opening Day t-shirts to the first 100 in line.

• FREE hot chocolate from the…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Friday, November 17, 2017

The Steamboat Daily Snow - Joel Gratz

Snow started late on Monday night and it's still snowing lightly now on Tuesday morning. My best estimate for snow totals is about 2-3 inches on the mid and upper mountain, and perhaps another coating to 2 inches could accumulate early on Tuesday morning. Every snowflake helps and it's great to see this accumulation even as the current weather pattern is not conducive to a lot of snow.

The mountain will open on Wednesday (see note above),…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast, Friday, November 17, 2017

The Steamboat Daily Snow - Joel Gratz

Temperatures continue to drop nicely below freezing at night, so snow making is continuing. Hopefully, there will be enough cold weather to allow for enough snow making so that Steamboat can start spinning the lifts on Wednesday.

In terms of natural snow, we should see a weak storm on Monday night through Tuesday. This system has plenty of moisture but also is rather warm, with temperatures forecast to be the 20s and low 30s. The…

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