Following 44” of natural snowfall at mid-mountain this October, Steamboat Ski Resort snowmaking crews will officially start operations on Thursday, October 24, for the 2019/20 winter season.
“With 44” inches of snow so far in October and prime snowmaking temperatures in the forecast, the resort is ready to begin snowmaking operations in preparation for Opening Day on November 23,” said Dave Hunter, vice president of mountain operations for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation. “This is one of the earliest starts to snowmaking at the resort and our crews are eager to begin building a base for the season.”
The snow guns were briefly fired up on Oct. 10 to take advantage of single-digit temperatures that accompanied an early season snowstorm. Cold temperatures moved in this week and Thursday evening/overnight temperatures provided perfect conditions for Steamboat’s g crews to begin officially snowmaking efforts. The plan is to use a fleet of about 100 snowmaking guns, including a combination of high-efficiency HKD towers and fan guns as well as an assortment of ground guns, beginning around 7 p.m., Thursday, October 24.
Early snowmaking will focus on including Sitz, Jess’ Cut Off, Vogue, Short Cut, Stampede, and All Out. Snowmaking efforts will continue as conditions and temperatures permit. Forecasts call for continued favorable overnight lows next week in addition to snow showers in the forecast.
Steamboat is scheduled to open for the 19/20 winter season on Saturday, November 23. For more information on Opening Day celebrations, packages and deals, and winter updates visit www.steamboat.com