Pow! Just like that, Steamboat hit triple digits - over 100 inches of champagne powder® due in part to the snowiest November on record. A whopping 90 inches of snow fell last month creating a solid base, excellent coverage from top to bottom and one of the finest opening weekends we’ve ever experienced. We’ve had more than nine feet of snow since we started counting back in October.
Even better, Steamboat officially has the deepest snow in Colorado with a base of 42″ at mid-mountain and 59″ at the summit. With all of this early season snow we have 1,516 acres open - that’s more than half the mountain! As I write this the snow is coming down in the form of big fat flakes!
Speaking of fat… SKI TIP: Fat helps you float!
I invested in a new pair of fat skis this winter - Atomic Janaks - and took them out on Monday - our first powder day of the year. Fat skis help you float and give you an even greater feeling of euphoria when skiing powder. Those of you who snowboard, already know the feeling, and I suppose we have you to thank for giving ski manufacturers the idea of making fatter skis.
Some skis are so fat they look like snowboards - the fattest I’ve heard of is 177 cm under foot. Now that is fat! I just jumped from a 81 cm to 99 cm ski and I loved it!
Of course it helps to have abundant powder like we did Monday - 12″ at 5 a.m. and another 5″ on that day. We could pick up a couple more inches today and then the next storm is supposed to hit Friday and last all weekend.
Fat flakes, fat skis, fat base… theme of the season I guess.