Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Steamboat Ski Area closed this past Sunday with a grand total of 433 inches of snow. Closing day, much like opening day, was a powder day with 8 new inches and more coming. Locals and visitors alike crossed their fingers in hopes that the resort would choose to extend its season, but alas, the fresh snow remained untouched on Monday at the top of Mt. Werner, save for the few brave spirits who hiked up to enjoy it. According to the Steamboat Pilot, Mt. Werner exceeded last year’s snow accumulation with 261.75 inches on January 31st.
Closing day festivities were summed up with the 4th annual Pond Skim; an event created for laughs and people who would probably participate in the Penguin Plunge (meaning they love swimming in cold water!) as participants shot off of a jump and ‘skimmed’ (dove, belly-flopped, fell) into the cold water below. The 2 best dressed participants won season passes for next year, and were warmed up from the activities with dancing and music provided by the Wailers.
What’s next? Many locals will probably take to hiking the Ski Mountain for the next week or so as snow flurries continue to fly. However, spring is on the way, and with spring, the Ski Area will open its normally groomed winter runs up for summer Mountain Bikers. Steamboat, while known for its fantastic winters, is a mecca during all times of the year, with summer activities such as rafting, fishing, biking, hiking, and hot air ballooning.