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Steamboat in December

post #1 of 10
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I've done a search on this and found a little. According to crocker's site, it's the best bet for Dec.

We have a school trip Dec. 18-23 that is too hard to pass up becuase it is such a good deal. The whole trip is the price of just airfare alone into Hayden.

But, of course, I want to know what the snow is typically like at that time of year in the 'boat. Of course, we won't know what this year holds for us snow-wise, but what is the typical year like at the time in terms of terrain, openings, trees, base, etc.?
post #2 of 10
I have only been there that time of year once, so this is more anecdotal than anything. If I remember correctly, it was Dec 17 - 20.

In general, most of the mountain was open. Morningside was closed. Christmas Tree Bowl and the surrounding runs were closed, though The Ridge and the Chutes were open. The Pony Express runs were mostly open but not the lift. Scattered other runs were closed. For example, Upper Concentration was closed and had slid. All the little runs off to the right of Tomahawk were closed. I am sure there were others.

The first day was sunny and the snow was pretty good. Maybe not mid-winter, but still good packed powder with coverage. After that, it started snowing so it got great in a hurry. This was the first time I ventured into the trees so I cannot tell you what it was like deep in the woods, but where I went had good coverage and snow. You could tell by looking around that off piste terrain that faced south and/or west was not covered very well.

The new snow was mostly very heavy and wet. The last day, however, it turned into light powder. That day saw thigh deep powder at the top of the mountain, though it was only a few inches at the bottom. It was also my first deep powder day. They opened a lot of new terrain with the last day of snow including Morningside.
post #3 of 10
I will be there 12/13-20. Lets try to catch up.
post #4 of 10
Steamboat's a pretty safe bet in December as they typically get a ton of snow in late Nov and December. I lived there for three years and all three years the mtn was 100% or very near 100% open by mid-December. As a matter of fact I thought December was the best ski month and certainly the best month for skiing powder, at least the years I was there....hopefully your results will be similar. If you like trees, bumps and great snow it's a fun place to ski.
post #5 of 10
Won't be this year..I am going.
post #6 of 10
Wah waaaaah. Thank you Debbie downer

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Treewell View Post
Steamboat's a pretty safe bet in December as they typically get a ton of snow in late Nov and December. I lived there for three years and all three years the mtn was 100% or very near 100% open by mid-December. As a matter of fact I thought December was the best ski month and certainly the best month for skiing powder, at least the years I was there....hopefully your results will be similar. If you like trees, bumps and great snow it's a fun place to ski.
Well all that sounds good. I went there last March for the first time and I loved it. The best trees of anywhere. I just hope there will be enough coverage by then and hope the chutes will at least be open.
post #8 of 10
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Won't be this year..I am going.
No, it will be fine, If it doesn't snow I will blame you and put you out! No couch for you!

The boat is usually fine by mid month. They don't usually open all the mountain until the week before Christmas to save on maintenence and preserve the terrain.
post #9 of 10

Skier traffic?

So I'm looking at the boat for late holiday week (Dec 31-Jan 3) and wondered how bad it will be wrt traffic. I don't even want to touch the front range during that period but thought Steamboat might be an option given less traffic. Or am I just kidding myself...
post #10 of 10
its very crowded during that time. If you don't mind the on-hill congestion, there is a very good free bus/van transportation system so you don't really need a car.
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