Thursday, December 15, 2005

Powder Days

The following is a report on the amount of snow we have recieved recently here in Steamboat Springs. I can tell you with no hesitation that it has been much better than the snow report would imply. In Steamboat when the wind blowseven just a little during a storm the snowfall nearly always multiplies 2-5 times in the trees. Looking at the snow totals in a table within the following article I see that there wwas never more than 15 inches reported. I got out for several of the best days (but not nearly as many as I should have). Even on days when they reported 6 inches or so it was knee to thigh deep. On one Monday the reported 15 inches in 24 hours and 7 overnight. There was over 15 inches on the groomed runs and most of the time when I stopped on my fat boards in Closets it was chest deep. I am 6'3". The day before was epic too.

I hope that you and I get a chance to get up soon. This is the best kind of Christmas present I can imagine.

If you feel the need for some virtual powder therapy check out some of my posts from Powder days so far this season:

Powder Skiing in Steamboat Powder skiing pictures
Steamboat Snow and powder skiing
Steamboat Powder Skiing Powder skiing pictures
Sunday Powder Skiing in Steamboat
Powder Skiing today

Quoted from the Steamboat Pilot & Today:
String of powder days goes by in a white blur
By Tom Ross, Staff Reporter Sunday, December 11, 2005

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — It came so fast -- it was a white blur, literally, and when powder piggies finally came up for air Thursday, they needed the calculators on their cell phones to total the snow they'd tracked up in late November and early December.

Steamboat Ski Area reports that Mount Werner has totaled 134 inches of snowfall in the 30 days between Nov. 4 and Dec. 9. However, a more revealing statistic might be the 92 inches that fell at mid-mountain during just 11 days, from Nov. 27 to Dec. 7.

"It seems like the days of old," skier Nelson Carmichael said. "It's nice it kept coming for a while there. Yes, in places it was bottomless. It was always soft and kept building up. It's a lot better than getting 30 inches of light snow overnight on a firm base."

Carmichael won an Olympic bronze medal in mogul skiing at the Albertville (France) Olympics in 1992. He didn't ski many moguls at Steamboat last week.

1 comment:

Andy Farmer said...

Jon -

My name is Andy Farmer and I used to know a gentleman by the name of David Hartley that lived in Steamboat. His wife was named Katherine and the last time that i saw them was in the early 90's. They had two (2) girls at the time and if memory serves me correctly, I believe one of their names was Mora?

Dave was our travel agent while I attending Clemson University. He would assist us in our travel arrangments for our annual ski trip. If you know Dave can you provide me with his email address? I have visited the Whitewood Tours website but cannot determine if he still owns this or not. I can be reached at either email address listed below;