STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado (CBS4)– The slopes of the Steamboat ski resort show a lack of snow and the warm temperatures prevent the snow cannons from making up the difference. The heat and drought wave that has clouded some ski areas so far this season in Colorado is about to end.
A big change for the mountains includes a lot of snow this week. The forecast is also changing for the Front Range, which has seen warmer and drier than average conditions. The first measurable snowfall in metro Denver is about 7 weeks late.
Steamboat only uses 1% of its trails. Usually at this time of year about 30% is used. Only one elevator works.
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“People really want to go out and we just don’t have enough snow yet,” a skier told Steamboat.
“I’ve been in the industry for 20 years and I’ve never really seen it like this,” said Loryn Duke, Director of Communications for Steamboat Ski Resort.
According to CBS4 meteorologist Ashton Altieri, “The storm will initially arrive on Wednesday evening with snow spreading in the mountains mainly west of the continental divide. Snow will then spread eastward over all mountainous regions on Thursday, followed by the heaviest snow arriving late Thursday through Friday. The snow will end in the high country late Friday night so it will be a 48 hour storm. “