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30 Jan 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

A Snow Tsunami


A Snow Tsunami

It’s like a wave from Waia Mae has splashed down upon Colorado. After last weeks or should we say 12 days of drought we lived thru, it is real, real, real nice feeling to just get pummelled by Mother Nature once again.

It’s another Golden Swoosh day for us at SPC as the stake read 12-inches at 9:00am and it just kept coming down. 3 cats out and everyone was all smiles.

Reports of this moisture continuing all night and into tomorrow give us hope that this January will be another 100-inch month. We are at 92″ total for the month with only one day left so just possibly we could reach this magic moment in time and place.

Bring it!

Images by Kent

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29 Jan 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

The wave of moisture has arrived


The wave of moisture has arrived

And so it begins. Around 2 pm the weather shifted to storm. This could be big folks.

Images taken by Kent

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28 Jan 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

Love the sunshine!


Love the sunshine!

Okay, so yea, we’re a bit wishy washy right now on the sun. One day we want it to go away and the next it’s the greatest thing. Well it is the greatest thing when we get 7+ inches out there yesterday and overnight.

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27 Jan 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments

The Drought Is Over!!!!!!!!!!!


The Drought Is Over!!!!!!!!!!!

There is a Powder God! Thank you, thank you Mother Nature and whoever made this happen. We are grateful for this shift in weather patterns and to see fresh snow falling again. What an absolute joy to not have sunshine blazing down on us. It was nice not seeing 100 yards in front of you and most importantly to have fields of fresh once again laid out on your line.

Even better, the next week looks snowy!

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25 Jan 2014, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 1 Comments

High pressure happens


High pressure happens

Working in the powder industry, we deal with all sorts of interesting dilemmas. Breakdowns of machines, cancellations of our guests, reservation issues, injuries and in this case drought occur from time to time, making our great world a little bit interesting. We all sign up for it and keep moving forward one way or another, enjoying today for all that is.

In dealing with drought, we are very fortunate here at Steamboat Powdercats due to the fact that Buffalo Pass is a powder factory, one of the wests deepest annual snowpacks. This season is no different, we started off huge with a ton of early season snow that continues till, well 12 days ago. Buffalo Pass is still one of the deepest snowpacks in the intermountain west and in all of the continental US. This has set us up with unlimited access to all of our terrain, no real closed zones beyond some tricky spots in our steepest aspects, and we continue to put guests into fresh snow.

You as our guests know that it’s a crap shoot when planning a trip months out. Will it snow or will it not snow is always on our minds and we look forward to storms with great anticipation and shutter when weather patterns clear out and sunshine prevails. Looking at the past seasons, we’ve had epic droughts before. During the 03/04 season we had a 22 days drought in January that some of us here at SPC remember as the longest we’ve ever dealt with. Of course the 11/12 season was our low point where December and January it didn’t snow, forcing us to not even start our trips till January 21st, just after a 24″ storm. Last year, we had a 8 day drought. The seasons of 10/11 and 07/08 were the best seasons where we only had 5 day droughts as our longest during the entire season.

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