We hope everyone had a great start to January! The 2021/2022 ski season was off to a slow start in early December, but heavy snowfall over the last few weeks has provided a great base and epic pow days. Steamboat Resort is 128% of average snowpack for the season, which is good news all around!
As the resort gets more snow, more terrain has opened and most of the lifts are running. 95% of the area is open with 161 out of 169 trails and 15 out of 18 lifts. The Pony Express lift has officially opened for the season and we can’t wait to check out that side of the mountain. With the holiday weekend, expect long lift lines, but overall we haven't seen anything too crazy and the crowds usually get better after lunchtime.
Trails we’re loving right now:
- The trees between Black Powder and Tomahawk
- Closets & Shadows
- Nelson’s Run
With December and half of January under our belt, we’re all crossing our fingers for an epic ski season. So far we’ve had some really big storms! So what can we expect for the rest of the season? According to NOAA, the majority of data suggests that it’s probable another cold phase known as La Nina is forming. You’ve most likely have heard the terms El Nino and La Nina before, but what does it exactly mean? To put it simply, La Nina is defined as “cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean that impact global weather patterns”.
La Nina usually favors the Pacific Northwest regions, such as British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Northwest Colorado. So what does this mean for Steamboat? When a La Nina year occurs, Mount Werner typically gets hit with additional snowfall and colder weather, while Southern Colorado experiences warmer and dryer conditions. According to forecasts, we can expect Steamboat to get a later than usual start to winter and a mostly normal snow season, which we have seen so far.
It all sounds like good news to us, but keep in mind that La Nina and El Nino weather events are difficult to accurately forecast and things often change. That said, we can still expect a great 2021/2022 ski season with the new additions and improvements to Steamboat Resort, such as the new Lower Gondola Terminal, Steamboat Square, resort entrance, and escalator. It’s all a part of Steamboat Resort’s ongoing multi-year, multi-million dollar project to improve the base area and expand mountain terrain.
We are seeing major changes to the resort, but the heart and spirit of Ski Town USA remains the same and year after year Steamboat is rated as one of the Best Ski Towns in North America. In previous years our resort and town has been mentioned by Forbes, USA Today, Outside Magazine, and other notable organizations. For the locals here, Steamboat is a great place to live and for tourists it’s an awesome town visit.
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Thanks for reading! Now get out there and have a great time!