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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Friday, February 23, 2018

Joel Gratz

We are in the middle of a fun storm cycle with chances for snow during four days in a row from Thursday through Sunday.

On Thursday, Steamboat received 1 inch of snow during the morning, and then additional snow fell on Thursday night with 2 more inches being reported at mid-mountain and 3 more inches on the Summit snow stake camera.

Now on Friday morning, we are in between storms and there is plenty of sunshine. The snow surface should be soft and powdery…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on February 23, 2018 at 8:56am — No Comments

The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Thursday, February 22, 2018

Joel Gratz

We will see three-storms through Sunday.

The first storm arrived late on Wednesday night with 1/2 inch being reported on the mid-mountain snow stake as of 500 am on Thursday. We should see the snow showers continue on Thursday with 1-3 inches of accumulation and this should keep the groomers and north-facing slopes soft and fun.

The snow showers will likely wind down on Thursday night and Friday, though they may not stop completely and some weather forecast…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on February 22, 2018 at 8:48am — No Comments

Steamboat Mountain Happenings, February 21, 2018

MOUNTAIN HAPPENINGS

WESTERN WELCOME PICK – FEBRUARY 22ND 

Come enjoy the sounds of WinterWonderGrass (WWG) bands TroutSteak and Liver Down by the River at the Western Welcome Pick, Thursday February 22 on the Steamboat Stage from 2:00-5:00 pm. This is a free event, everyone is welcome.  

WINTERWONDERGRASS – FEBRUARY 23-25

(Sold Out)The WinterWonderGrass Festival brings an authentic Colorado gathering celebrating…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Joel Gratz

On Tuesday we saw temperatures stay near or just below zero all day with a mix of a few clouds and breaks of sunshine. The 5 inches of new snow that fell on Monday night was just below my forecast range, but still, we'll take the powder and look forward to more!

Now on Wednesday morning, the temperature is between -5F to +5F from base to summit, and the sunshine should warm us into the 10-15F range by midday. Thanks to the cold temperatures, you will likely find soft…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Joel Gratz

We saw snow showers on Monday, which resulted in about 1 inch of accumulation, then the more intense snow hit on Monday afternoon with about 4 inches falling during the late afternoon and early evening. The official Tuesday morning snow report shows 5 inches at the mid-mountain snow stake.

Tuesday morning’s snow will likely be on the denser side due to the wind and cold temperatures. Speaking of temperatures, they will start the day at 0-5F above zero and will likely…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Monday, February 19, 2018

Joel Gratz

Sunday was sunny, with a high temperature of about 50F at the base, 30F at the summit, and wind gusts in the 30-40mph range at the summit. These windy conditions formed as the next storm was moving toward Steamboat.

On Sunday night, we saw clouds move in, and now early on Monday morning, the sky is mostly cloudy and we’re seeing a few light snow showers with temperatures in the 20-25F range. One of these showers dropped one inch of snow just before dawn, and the…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Friday, February 16, 2018

Joel Gratz

As of Friday morning, the storm is over at Steamboat and you’ll find mostly sunny skies and a temperature of about 5-10F to start the day. The recent storm dropped 12 inches of snow early on Thursday morning, with an additional 2 inches on Thursday evening after lifts closed (these numbers are via the summit snow stake camera). That makes a storm total of 14 inches. All of this should translate to soft turns on Friday morning – dress warmly and enjoy!

On Friday…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Thursday, February 15, 2018

Joel Gratz

While I thought we would receive more snow on Wednesday night, the most intense snow stayed about 30 miles north of the resort, dropping 8+ inches closer to the Wyoming border. At Steamboat, we picked up about 2 inches Wednesday night through Thursday at 530 am.

The good news is that the intense snow that was just to our north on Wednesday night has shifted south and as of 6 am on Thursday, snow is falling on Steamboat at the rate of 1+ inches per hour. Expect this…

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Steamboat Mountain Happenings, February 14, 2018

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

TORCHLIGHT PARADE & FIREWORKS – FEBRUARY 14 @ 7:00PM

The Steamboat SnowSports School treats folks to spectacular on-snow parade down the mountain lit only by torches. In conjunction with the torchlight parades, a fireworks display will illuminate the sky providing a perfect ending to the evening. The best viewing is in Gondola Square and the Bear River Bar & Grill deck.  

STEAMBOAT FRIDAY NIGHT AND…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Joel Gratz

On Tuesday, a narrow band of snow sat directly over Steamboat in the morning, adding an additional 4 inches of unexpected accumulation. I hope you enjoyed it! The storm total from Sunday night through Tuesday morning was 12 inches, and as if that isn’t good enough news already, a lot more snow is in the forecast.

Today, Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14), clouds have moved back over Colorado’s northern mountains and we could see flurries and light snow showers…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Joel Gratz

The storm on Monday and Monday night delivered a few inches more than I expected. The summit snow stake showed about 4 inches of accumulation on Monday, mostly late in the day, then Steamboat received an additional 4 inches on Monday evening. While the southerly wind direction is not a favorable direction for Steamboat (west or west-northwest is best), there was enough storm energy tracking over Steamboat to lift the air and create a healthy band of snow. This is an example…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Monday, February 12, 2018

Joel Gratz

The next storm will bring snow to Colorado on Monday and Monday night. What does this mean exactly for Steamboat? Well, even though there are lots of good factors in this storm (moisture, energy, instability), there is one very bad factor, which is the wind direction from the south, which is NOT a favorable wind direction for intense snow at Steamboat.

Putting these factors together, we will need a lot of luck for an intense storm cell or an intense line of…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Friday, February 9, 2018

Joel Gratz

On Friday and Friday night, we’ll see a mix of some sun, some clouds, and perhaps a few snow showers. Snow accumulations should be very light.

Then Saturday is going to be a powder day with snow starting between 5-7am and it will last for most of the day, tapering off between 1-3pm. My forecast is for a storm total of 4-8 inches, so even though the Saturday 5 am snow report might show zero inches or just light accumulations, you’ll find deeper powder throughout the…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on February 9, 2018 at 8:47am — No Comments

The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Thursday, February 8, 2018

Joel Gratz

The weather on Thursday should be similar to Wednesday with mid-mountain high temperatures in the low-30s (summit high temperatures in the mid-20s) and partly sunny skies. There is enough moisture moving over northern Colorado that I have to keep mentioning the chance for clouds.

On Friday, again expect highs in the low-30s and we will likely see more clouds and potentially light snow showers during the afternoon.

On Friday night, a storm will drop into the…

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Steamboat Mountain Happenings, February 7, 2018

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

STEAMBOAT FRIDAY NIGHTS

Enjoy an evening of excitement including night skiing and rides on the Outlaw mountain coaster. 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, trivia, and drinks. The grand finale is Friday night Fireworks. Get ready for Friday Night; it’s going to be…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Joel Gratz

Looking back, Tuesday started off with a steady snow shower that dropped 1-2 inches of fresh snow across Steamboat, then the rest of the day was mostly dry and mostly cloudy with a few snow showers on the upper mountain.

Looking ahead, the weather on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday should be dry with partly-to-mostly cloudy skies and high temperatures in the low 30s.

The next chance for snow will extend from Friday evening through Saturday evening.…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Joel Gratz

During the day on Monday, we saw bursts of snow followed by periods of sun, and the snow amounted to perhaps one half to one inch during the day. Then we saw steadier snow around sunset and early evening which brought another inch to the mountain. The official snow report on Tuesday morning notes two inches, which sounds about right.

During the day on Tuesday, expect times of sunshine alternating with a few bursts of snow as showers develop during the middle of the…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on February 6, 2018 at 9:03am — No Comments

The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Monday, February 5, 2018

Joel Gratz

Snow started around midnight on Sunday night and the Monday 5 am snow report shows 2.5 inches at mid-mountain and 3 inches at the summit. This brings the storm total since Wednesday night to 9.5 inches.

During the day on Monday, we could see light snow from on-and-off snow showers, though I think any steadier snow should stay to the south.

A stronger and colder wave of energy should then hit Colorado on Monday night into Tuesday morning, but I am worried that…

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The Steamboat Daily Snow Forecast for Friday, February 2, 2018

Joel Gratz

Looking back, light snow began to fall early Thursday morning and we saw 1-2 inches accumulate by mid-morning on the mid-mountain and summit snow stakes.

Coming up, moisture will stream over northern Colorado for the next 5-6 days, so expect more clouds than sunshine during this time. When a wave of energy and colder air moves through this flow over northern Colorado, this will help the atmosphere to convert some of the moisture to snow.

The next wave should…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on February 2, 2018 at 8:19am — No Comments

Steamboat Mountain Happenings, February 1, 2018

MOUNTAIN EVENTS

STEAMBOAT FRIDAY NIGHTS

Enjoy an evening of excitement including night skiing and rides on the Outlaw mountain coaster. 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. Get ready for Friday Night; it’s going…

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Added by Kent Kirkpatrick on February 1, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

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