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Today’s Colorado ski and snow report: Steamboat closes in on going all-in

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Get ready for the weekend, where you’ll find more terrain opening across the state. Ski Granby Ranch opened yesterday, then Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Ski Cooper will open for the season on Saturday.

Speaking of new trails and terrain expansion, Steamboat Ski Resort announced yesterday that it will open a number of new trails, as well as Sundown, Sunshine, South Peak and Thunderhead chairlifts on tomorrow and Morningside chairlift on Saturday.

Steamboat expects to have 156 trails and 2,693 acres open, equaling nearly 91 percent of the mountain, by this weekend. The open terrain will expand tomorrow to nearly 2,300 acres with the addition of Sundown, Sunshine, South Peak and Thunderhead chairlifts.

Tomahawk, Quickdraw, Flintlock, Rendezvous Way, Broadway, Cub, Pup, Buckshot, Ramrod, Fawn, Baby Powder and Spike trails will open in the Sunshine Bowl area on Saturday, as well as: Spur Run, Huffman’s and Moonlight; the lower portions of Closet and Shadows; and a number of trails on the lower mountain including lower Vagabond, lower Concentration, Upper Eagles’ Nest and See Me.

Morningside chairlift will start turning on Saturday with lift access to trails in Morningside Park, such as Alarm Clock, Cowboy Coffee and Hot Cakes as well as the extreme terrain off the top of Mt. Werner. Steamboat’s First Tracks, the early access program in the Priest Creek and Sunshine areas, will also begin on Saturday.

By the weekend, the resort will have 90.8 percent of its terrain open with 156 trails (78% green, 99% blue, 81% blue/black, and 92% black/expert trails) across 2,693 acres and 3,668 vertical feet. The available lifts on Saturday will include: Bashor, Burgess Creek, Christie Peak, Elkhead, Four Points, Gondola, Preview, Morningside, South Peak, Storm Peak, Sundown, Sunshine and Thunderhead. The following week, Pony Express lift will open on Saturday, Dec. 21. The Pioneer Ridge terrain, by the way, is currently accessible as hike-to terrain on the north end of the mountain.

And, thanks to cold weather, abundant early season snow and Steamboat’s snowmaking team, Mavericks Superpipe and Rabbit Ears Terrain Park are on target to open prior to Christmas. As conditions change, lift operations and terrain may vary based on additional snow and weather. Steamboat reports a 36” base at mid-mountain and 45” base at the summit on powder/packed powder conditions. Steamboat surpassed the 100” snow milestone earlier this week, and so far this season at mid-mountain Steamboat has seen 40” in October, 47.5” in November, and 21.75” in December, for a combined total of 109.25” (9.1 feet).

Check out the latest terrain report for all the Colorado Ski Areas below. By the way, we’re not expecting any snow until later next week, though the National Weather Service shows a 30 percent chance of snow for the northern mountains, including Steamboat, on Friday night, but expect little to nothing until next week. In the meantime, here’s the latest 24-hour snow report plus the latest terrain updates…

Arapahoe Basin: 0” (6 lifts, 100% beginner terrain open, 80% intermediate, 67% advanced, 36% expert open, 31” base)

Aspen Mountain: 0” (5 lifts, 61 trails, 600 acres, 90% beginner/intermediate, 78% advanced/expert, 26” base)

Beaver Creek: 0” (18 lifts, 75 trails, 879 acres, 48% open, 29” base)

Breckenridge: 0” (15 lifts, 71 trails, 1220 acres, 34” base)

Copper Mountain: 0” (10 lifts, 65 trails, 652 acres, 1 terrain park, 31” base)

Crested Butte: 0” (6 lifts, 57 trails, 2 terrain parks, 42” base)

Eldora: 0” (3 lifts, 90% beginner, 40% intermediate terrain open, 24” base)

Keystone: 0” (14 lifts, 71 trails, 1563 acres, 83% beginner terrain open, 69% intermediate open, 32% advanced/expert)

Loveland: 0” (5 lifts, 42 trails, 541 acres, 75% beginner terrain open, 40% intermediate, 9% advanced open, 34” base)

Monarch: 0” (6 lifts, 53 trails, 100% open, 42” base)

Powderhorn: 0” (4 lifts, 85% open, 46” base)

Purgatory: 0” (2 lifts, 70% open, 48” base)

Snowmass: 0” (11 lifts, 71 trails, 1829 acres, 55% beginner/intermediate, 20% advanced/expert, 25” base)

Steamboat: 0” (9 lifts, 103 trails, 37” base)

Sunlight: 0” (3 lifts, 100% open, 32” base)

Telluride: 0” (9 lifts, 20% beginner, 51% intermediate, 64% advanced open, 42” base)

Vail: 0” (19 lifts, 104 trails, 1422 acres, 27% open, 32” base)

Winter Park: 0” (18 lifts, 96 trails, 27” base)

Wolf Creek: 0” (6 lifts, 1,600 acres, 100% open, 70” base)

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