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Steamboat Begins Snowmaking

Photo by Larry Pierce courtesy of Steamboat Mountain Resort. Photo by Larry Pierce courtesy of Steamboat Mountain Resort.

Cold Overnight Temperatures Prompt Snowmaking Crews To Begin Building Base in Anticipation of Opening Day

Steamboats snowmaking crews fired up the snowmaking system early this morning to begin building the resorts snow base in anticipation of Opening Day for the 2016/17 winter season.

Turning on the snow guns is the biggest sign that winter is right around the corner, said Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. Our ability to step in an assist Mother Nature by creating a great early season snow product impresses me every season, and Im thrilled for our crews to put into action their snowmaking expertise to begin creating our base for this winter.

After warmer than usual temperatures lead to a long fall, cold temperatures and moisture in the air last night created the perfect weather combination for Steamboats snowmaking crews to begin building the resorts base. Thirty snowmaking guns, including a combination of TA MMS carriage fan guns and Ratnik land guns, came to life around 12:30 this morning, Wednesday, November 9. Crews took advantage of the favorable conditions, with temperatures hovering around 25-27 degrees for most of the night, to create snowmaking piles on Right O Way, Stampede and Desperado Magic Carpet. Future snowmaking efforts will continue as conditions permit in preparation for the resorts planned opening two weeks from today. Forecasts call for continued cold temperatures during the night for the next week, with a cold front expected in the area beginning late next week.

Photo by Larry Pierce courtesy of Steamboat Mountain Resort. Photo by Larry Pierce courtesy of Steamboat Mountain Resort.

The advances in snowmaking technology and the upgrades to our snowmaking fleet and systems each year allow us to take advantage of pockets of prime snowmaking conditions to begin the process of building our base, continued Allen. We are able to cover more trail in a shorter period of colder weather than ever before, creating drastically better early season skiing and riding conditions. Snowmaking systems play a vital role in our winter operations, especially in a year like this one where Mother Nature is taking her time with natural snowfall.

Even with an average of 338 inches of snow each year, Steamboats snowmaking system continues to upgrade with new pipe on Spur Run, Voo Doo, See Me, Sitz, Arc and All Out trails in the past two years. The resort has installed nearly 20 miles of water and air pipe for snowmaking improvements over the past 8 years, significantly accelerating the resorts ability to produce early season snow and efficiently cover trails.

The resort is scheduled to open Wednesday, November 23, 2016 with Scholarship Day, the traditional opening day benefit, with proceeds from specially-priced tickets donated to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Clubs Scholarship Fund. The fund provides financial support for deserving children participating in Club programs.