Spring skiing? Maybe. Or maybe not. Steamboat Springs Colorado seems to have a mind of its own as it jumps from 60 degrees down to 20 and from blue sky’s to winter storm warnings, all in the matter of days (if not hours!). For all those Spring breakers out there, bring your long underwear along with your tanks and shorts, because who knows what you’re going to be greeted with here!
After last weeks balmy temperatures of about 40 to 50 degrees, Steamboat’s base dropped below 100”. Yet right when we all started to accept that spring had made its debut and the slushy snow was here to stay, mother nature came roaring in on Sunday to bring Ski Town USA another 18 or so inches. Total, so far this season, the resort has seen 411”, which by most is considered to be pretty darn remarkable. But for those of you banking on some nice blue bird slushy spring days on the hill, you may be out of luck.
Steamboat Resort is scheduled to be shutting down its lifts for the season on April 10th. This leaves us less then 2 weeks of the season to enjoy what mother nature has already brought us and whatever else she may brew up. Looking back on the 2010 – 2011 ski season, I must say we have had quite a ride and we would all love to see this season ending with a bang. Although the forecast is looking like warm temps from here on out, who knows what could happen!
As the mountain begins to shut down, the locals of Steamboat Springs are starting to relax a bit. It has been a phenomenal tourist year for our little town and we’ve enjoyed watching as people from all parts of the world experience Ski town USA and leave saying, “we’ll see you next time”. Watching as the snow melts is a little bitter sweet. True, we are ending what has turned out to be a brilliant ski season, but we roll now right into the next. In hopes for high water rivers, sunny skies and warm temperatures, its hard not to be equally excited.