Looking Back on Winter, Looking Forward to Spring
Another great season in Steamboat is just about in the books, as the winter of 2016-2017 winds to a close this Sunday, April 16th. We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have, as Steamboat welcomed new events, visitors, and businesses to the scene this year. Looking back, we want to make sure to point out some of our favorite parts of the season, and hopefully you were able to participate in some of the things we love about this bustling little ski-town.
The 2016/ 2017 Winter got off to a great start. With right around 100 inches of snow falling each month in both December and January, terrain all over the resort opened quickly. It didn’t take long to cover the grass and fallen trees, which helped open Steamboat’s famous aspen groves for skiing and riding well before the December holidays. February lived up to its potential as a normally drier month, but had a couple of big snowfall days which helped keep the great conditions on the mountain. March’s warmer than average temperature allowed for some of the most comfortable spring skiing days anywhere around, hosting blue skies, low wind, and temperatures sometimes reaching into the 60’s. April has already had a couple of surprise snowfall days, totaling 5 inches in the first 5 days of the month, just a friendly reminder that spring can be full of surprises in the mountains. Have a look at the breakdown of inches by month below.
November: 23 inches
-Biggest fall: 7 inches on November 28th
December: 101 inches
-Biggest fall: 14 inches on December 17th and 26th
January: 98 inches
-Biggest fall: 20 inches on January 5th
February: 45 inches
-Biggest fall: 10 inches on February 24th
March: 12 inches
-Biggest fall: 3 inches on March 1st
April: 5 inches
-Biggest fall: 4 inches on April 3rd
Music in Steamboat
Anyone who has been to Steamboat Springs knows that this town lives and breathes outdoor activities and good music. This winter was no slouch in providing some of the best musicians around for locals and guests to enjoy.
Music Fest, this year from January 5th-10th, brings some of country music’s biggest names to Steamboat. Fans flock to several venues around the mountain to meet up with friends for nearly one full week of country music and activities. The Music Fest plans to return to Steamboat in 2018.
Steamboat is the new home to one of the best bluegrass music festivals around. Already set to return in late February of 2018, Winter Wondergrass is the premier bluegrass festival for the west. Priding itself on its fans lighthearted spirit, and refreshingly ecofriendly approach, the festival brings in several thousand people for a long weekend of plucking, strumming, and singing with some of the genres finest. Several tents with stages of their own surround the mainstage, overshadowed only by Mt. Werner in the backdrop. Local Colorado products play an important role in the overall appeal of the festival, which is supported by nearly two-dozen brewers from across the state.
Eighteen years in, the Winter edition of the Steamboat Free Concert Series is still hitting its groove. Bringing about six or eight shows to the stage in Gondola Square each Spring, these shows bring out the best mix of locals and guests around. As the weather warms up, expect to see wacky costumes and wild dancing, accompanied by music and all around good vibes. This year’s lineup includes Anderson East, Flow Tribe, Magic Giant, The Motet, and The Wailers.
Don’t forget Downtown
Aside from the big names attached to the aforementioned festivals and concert series, Steamboat’s Local venues downtown provide perhaps the most diverse offering when it comes to music. Old Town Pub, Schmiggity’s, and Strings Music Festival are some of the “go to” spots, just to name a few. This year’s notable acts included The New Mastersounds, Dave Simonett and Dave Carroll of Trampled by Turtles, Deadphish Orchestra, and Todo Mundo.
With all of your favorite street events featuring horses and their human counterparts, this year’s Winter Carnival marked its 104th iteration. It seems like part of the tradition now includes getting bigger and better fireworks for the final night, which was confirmed this year with a 1,275-pound shell. Check out some highlights by clicking the link to the Steamboat Springs Chamber website.
End of Season Activities
This year’s closing day comes a bit later than most years, and falls on Easter Sunday. Be sure to check out the happenings in Gondola Square that weekend for multiple concerts (Anderson East on Saturday, April 15th, and The Wailers on Sunday April 16th), and events the whole family can enjoy, like the cardboard classic, and closing day pond skim.
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Here’s to another great Season in Steamboat!