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Steamboat Resort passes 300 inches, has most snow among Colorado ski areas

With 17 inches of snow reported over the weekend at Mid-Mountain, Steamboat Resort is the first in Colorado to cross the 300-inch mark.

Seven inches of fresh snow on Sunday morning pushed Steamboat Resort over the 300-inch mark for the season with more than a month to go. Add the 10 inches reported Monday morning and Steamboat Resort is up to 312 inches, more than any other ski area in Colorado.

While a lesser snowpack than last year’s, second best on record, 448-inch season, this season will be the fourth 300-inch season in the last 10 years.

The Yampa, White River basin is at 108% of median for March 4, with 18.3 inches of snow water equivalent. At this point last year, the basin was at 23.1 inches.

Steamboat is the first and so far only Colorado ski area to pass 300 inches this season. Winter Park’s 273 inches is the second most, as of March 4.

More snow is in the forecast for Steamboat, with local meteorologist Mike Weissbluth writing in his latest weather narrative that there are snow chances every day this week. Snow showers are expected to continue through the day, for another two to five inches, Weissbluth writes at Lingering snow could bring another one to four inches on Tuesday.

“There is some weather forecast model disagreement on whether the snow showers stop for a time on Wednesday, though snow showers look likely from later Wednesday through Friday and perhaps into Saturday morning,” Weissbluth wrote in his weather narrative. 

Wind has hampered lifts at times over the past two days, and that may continue on Monday, Weissbluth writes. Storm Peak Lab reported a gust of 75 mph on Saturday evening and 64 mph on Sunday just before 2 p.m.


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