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Exposure of Steamboat

post #1 of 15
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Bestsnow.net says Steamboat has the worst exposure of all Colorado destination ski resorts.

 

Does this impact early season (like December) as well as Spring?  Or is the exposure worse in one and not the other?

post #2 of 15

It impacts the early season, but not as much as it impacts the spring. Days are shorter now and sun angle lower than come April when west and south facing slopes get baked due to longer more intense exposure.

 

That's my understanding anyhow. The expert @Tony Crocker would know more.

post #3 of 15
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But I was under the impression Steamboat closed earlier than others because of worse conditions in spring?  So I was assuming conversely that early season wasn't affected.

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But I was under the impression Steamboat closed earlier than others because of worse conditions in spring?  So I was assuming conversely that early season wasn't affected.

Hardly any sun in December.

post #5 of 15

were planning on hitting steamboat this year....when should we start looking? we live on the front range so we can go anytime on a whim...late Janurary early Feburary was my initial thought

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were planning on hitting steamboat this year....when should we start looking? we live on the front range so we can go anytime on a whim...late Janurary early Feburary was my initial thought


When the forecast says 12-24 forecast.

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of course...im trying to set up some what of a schedule for prime time this season. Were trying to get back to Taos for the new Kachina chair at some point. were also looking at our first trip to CB, and squeezing in a first trip to the boat. All while burning up days on our RMSP+. One of those destinations may get axed and reset to next year. Jan, Feb, March is gonna be busy...may have to wait on CB

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of course...im trying to set up some what of a schedule for prime time this season. Were trying to get back to Taos for the new Kachina chair at some point. were also looking at our first trip to CB, and squeezing in a first trip to the boat. All while burning up days on our RMSP+. One of those destinations may get axed and reset to next year. Jan, Feb, March is gonna be busy...may have to wait on CB

 

 

Depends on what sort of terrain you're looking to ski. Most of the extreme North Face / Headwall stuff at CB opens later than Steamboat. I would aim Steamboat -- Janurary on a non-holiday weekend. CB end of Feb / March. 

 

If you go to CB later give me a holler. A gaggle of my fellow Loveland (the ski area) folks are aiming down there the last weekend of Feburary.

post #9 of 15
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When the forecast says 12-24 forecast.

May just be my experiences but Steamboat seems to me to underdeliver when big snow is forecast and major league overdeliver when relatively small amounts are forecast.
post #10 of 15
That would leave a block between mid jan to mid feb to get to taos.
post #11 of 15
Sorry for the hijack....its just so much easier to barge into someone elses thread realtive to starting my own.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Hitman View Post
 

Bestsnow.net says Steamboat has the worst exposure of all Colorado destination ski resorts.

 

Does this impact early season (like December) as well as Spring?  Or is the exposure worse in one and not the other?


The biggest impact for early season is snowfall which is variable but generally very good at Steamboat.  Steamboat should have plenty of cover until closing day in the spring too.

 

Overall I wouldn't worry about the exposure much.  It's arguable, but Breckenridge (east facing) and Vail (most acres face south) are just as bad or worse and they're the two most popular ski areas in the state.

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But I was under the impression Steamboat closed earlier than others because of worse conditions in spring?  So I was assuming conversely that early season wasn't affected.

I think it has to do with elk migration or something along those lines but because of it's fairly remote location it doesn't make much sense to stay open very late. 

post #14 of 15

I think the elk migration thing is why Jackson Hole closes so dang early.  I was at Steamboat in late April 2014 right after closing, and there was plenty of snow on the hill.

post #15 of 15
I think the short spring season at Steamboat is partly due to relatively low elevation (base @ 6900 ft, summit @ 10,500), partly due to exposure, but mostly due to skiers' fickle seasonal preferences, i.e. early over late. I've skied there in late March when the lower mountain was definitely getting soupy, but upper mountain was skiing great.
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