The Weather Channel has included Crested Butte and Steamboat on its just released list of America's 10 Snowiest Cities.
Crested Butte was ranked No. 4, with an annual snowfall of 217.7 inches. According to The Weather Channel, at least 30 inches of snow is par for the course each month from November through March. In Crested Butte, it has snowed as early as Labor Day and as late as June 26 in the historical record.
Steamboat Springs was ranked No. 7, with an annual snowfall of 175.5 inches. According to The Weather Channel, Steamboat Springs is best known for its famous “champagne powder” ( a nickname that the ski resort, Steamboat, actually gave to the frothy powder that Denverites have known about for years). In Steamboat Springs, at least 10 inches of snow cover can be expected 97 days of the year. At 6,636 feet above sea level, snow falls from mid-October to mid-May.
How snowiest cities were chosen
The two Colorado ski resorts were chosen by The Weather Channel’s team of expert meteorologists who examined a 30-year climatological data of average annual snowfall for cities with populations of at least 1,000. They excluded unincorporated towns, mountains, national park locations were not used. Other cities on the list include Valdez, AK; Booneville, NY; Hancock, MI; Truckee, CA; Lead, SD; Red Lodge, MT; Tahoe City, CA; and Ironwood, MI.
Visiting Steamboat or Crested Butte
Steamboat, about 165 miles from Denver, has some excellent packages for travelers who want to spend a frew nights. Crested Butte, about 228 miles from Denver, also has a variety of packages for travelers who want to visit this resort in southwestern, Colorado.