Predicting the Future of Snow

By Miguel Corredor

According to many websites this winter season is gonna have a La Nina effect. Meaning a cooling of the water in the equatorial Pacific that occurs at irregular intervals, causing a cooler temperature than usual. On the other side, El Nino, is warmer water temperatures making the temperature warmer.

Many people are wondering where all the snow is and when is it going to come, if it does. Well, let me tell you that having a La Nina season, it’s going to affect the snow by making it to come later in the season. La Nina usually bring a lot of snow do to the cooler temperatures, giving a lot of at champagne powder snow that everyone likes.

This information was gathered from  a couple of websites, but the main one was Almanac.com. This is a good website you should listen to because its has been a weather predictor since 1792. Also, they are 80% correct for most years and that’s pretty good for a prediction of the future.  They predict the weather forecasts from a secret formula that was devised by the founder of this Farmers Almanac, Robert Thomas. He believed that weather on Earth was influenced by sunspots, which are magnetic storms on the surface of the Sun.  

In conclusion the 2017-18 winter season is be pretty crappy at the beginning, but the snow should get really nice by the end. In my opinion I don’t really think weather predictions are very accurate, because weather is always changing, but from all the research I have done I predict that good snow is going to come in January, 2018. We are all waiting, so let it snow!

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Winter Fun Away from the Slopes.

By Ian Baca

What is there to do in a ski town in winter if you don’t ski or board? Are you just doomed to drown in the boredom of a small town? Well not quite. In the day you can do outdoor activities and the night relax.

Hot Springs 

The Old Town Hot Springs has several hot tubs, a cold pool , lap pool, a kiddie pool and regular pool. They also have a snack bar, Mountain Brew, to get snacks and drinks. Mountain Brew is open:

Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

Pool wise they have a slide, diving board and climbing wall. If you do not have a swimming suit you can rent suits and towels at the front desk.

If you want a more naked experience you can go to Strawberry Park Hot Springs where clothes are optional at night( I recommend going in the day). During the day you must wear a bathing suit! Under 18 years of age is not allowed in park after 9:30 p.m. on Sunday thru Thursday, 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Sunday – Thursday: 10am – 10:30pm

Friday – Saturday: 10am – 12am

Snowmobiling

Another outdoor activity for the day time is snowmobiling. Steamboat offers great snow and a few businesses that will take you out. Saddleback Ranch, Steamboat Snowmobile Tours, and Elk Mountain Adventures are a few of them.

Tubing

Saddleback Ranch offers tubing day and night. They have a sick run setup for you to enjoy. They are located 15 miles west of Steamboat and reservations are required.

Prices are:

$20– 1 hour

$28 – 1 ½ hours

$32 – 2 hours

They also offer a free shuttle to get there. It will only pick up and drop off if you are going to tube for one and a half hours.Saddleback is closed Tuesday and Thursday.

Winter Fishing

If you are an outdoor person check out one of many lakes near Steamboat. Stagecoach Reservoir offers fantastic ice fishing and river fishing . The tailwaters at Stagecoach stays thawed for a good portion of the winter. Steamboat Lake is another place that offers ice fishing in the winter months. If you are not up to leaving Steamboat the Yampa river is great for fly fishing. You can pick up gear at Steamboat Flyfisher, Bucking Rainbow ,and Straight Line (All of these stores offer guided trips and outfitting)

Music

At night if there is a concert you can go to the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. They have many talents that play . It is made up of music loving locals who want to share their talents. Schmiggity’s is a local bar that holds karaoke, and live music. They are located in between 8th and 9th street on lincoln. Schmiggity’s happy hour is at 7-9 o’clock and is open depending on what events are going on . The popular hours are between 9 pm to 12 am. If you are looking for CD’s and vinyl record head to All That on 6th street . They also have an assortment of clothes, glass, and steamboat related gifts. If you want to enjoy good food and live music you can head to Old Town Pub and eat while listening to good music. The music calendar is located on their website www.theoldtownpub.com. They are located on 6th street across the street from All That. They are open 12pm to 2am, 7 days a week.  The mountain offers a variety of music and restaurants at the ski base. Call the base for more information on shows and food choices at http://steamboatmountainvillage.com/.
Steamboat is a small town known for their skiing and boarding, but their are  other activities to do. You just need to look into what to do whether it’s hiking, fishing, going out to dinner, etc. You can still make your day and night full of fun activities.

Staying Safe on the Roads this Winter

Dawson Van Pelt- All of us drivers in Steamboat Springs, Colorado have lost control of our cars at least once on the winter roads. People can agree that it is terrifying to slide while driving and go full hovercar on the ice. Here are some tips to help you navigate on this year’s winter roads.

Snow tires are important because of the way the traction is made and the chemical compound of synthetic rubber with metal fabric in the tire that increases control. The true difference between a snow tire and a summer tire is when the summer tire gets cold it stiffens up and loses traction. The chemical compound in a snow tire allows it to be flexible during the cold and keep the tires grip. Also, the their are two different kind of snow tires; studless and studded snow tires.

Studded snow tires have small strong metal studs built in the tire which is designed to dig into ice and compacted snow to add traction. The studs however dig into the road and damage it. This is the reason why some states limit studded tires and some just abolish studded snow tires altogether. They are also known for a little bit of a noisy ride down the road.

Studless tires have an advanced rubber compound to stay flexible in cold weather. Studless snow tires have more tread design with deeper tread for traction for snow and slush. The tread is designed to have better snow-on-snow traction by packing the tread full of snow and with thousands of tiny slits that act like biting edges for stopping and going.

How much tread is used in one winter season? A regular tire is 11/32” and in one year the tread decreases to about 9/32” so, about two sizes down from ConsumerReports.org.  

Don’t forget to change your tires you before the snow season. So, don’t put off putting them on for your and our safety.

What are the best snow tires? The best six snow tires all look and cost differently plus its per tire from the site http://www.caranddriver.com. Here is a list by price per tire and you can order studded or studless tires.

  1. Yokohama iceGuard iG52c with a tread depth of 11/32 and cost about $126.
  2. Continental Wintercontact SI with the tread depth of 10/32 and cost about $131.
  3. Dunlop Winter MAXX tires that have a tread depth of 12/32 and cost $134.
  4. Michelin X-ICE X13 that has a tread depth of 10.5/32 and cost around $152.
  5. Bridgestone Blizzak WS80 that has a tread depth of 12/32 and cost around $160.
  6. Nokian tire that has a tread depth of 11/32 and cost about $200.

Next, here are some mistakes everyone can and will make at least once this snow season.

First thing is never slam on the breaks, “A rolling tire has more traction than a sliding tires” says Kurk Spitzner From the founder of the Winter Driving School here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado on OutSideOnline.com. If you have ABS brakes and you start to slide you apply the brakes and put a good amounts of pressure and the brakes will automatically start to pump the brakes for you. If you do not have ABS brakes take your foot off the gas and start pumping your brakes until you gain control of the car or come to a complete stop.

Second, is going too fast for the road conditions and sliding off the road. You can get pulled over for going too fast for road conditions so, drive realistically and safely on the road.

Third, is the lack of emergency gear people have in their car , even if it’s a short drive, people forget to pack extra tools like blankets, gloves, boots, cell phone and a first aid kit. And if you get stuck you can use your floor matts of your car for traction to get out because who is going to keep a five pound sack of kitty litter in their car for this reason?  

Fourth, big events in the winter have bigger problems like, the over usage of alcohol and drunk drivers with the packed snow from the multiple cars driving over the same spot. When there is a lot of weight on the snow it compacts and turns into ice. Since not all people have snow tires and with more use of alcohol with big events be careful.

Last but not least is when people get stuck they leave their car which is a bad idea because, it’s most likely to be warmer than outside and can be your only source of shelter. If you wander off it is easier to lose sight of your car and get lost in the cold. As it is also easier to find a car than a human in snowy conditions. Next make sure you have the exhaust pipe clear or it could bring carbon dioxide into the cabin of the car. Best way to be spotted is if you have any flares is to put then on your car so people can see that an accident has occurred or keep your dome light on for responders to locate you.

When it comes to hills tread and momentum is everything. Hills are not the best in the winter season because if you stop or go to slow up the hill can either get stuck on the road or slide off the edge of the road. Your tires will work properly if you use these three best tips for winter driving in Steamboat Springs. Avoid hills if you can, plan ahead and slow down earlier than usual.

Now the situation of what to do when you have already lost control of your car. The best action to take when you have lost control is to steer the front wheels in the direction the the rear wheels are sliding and release the gas pedal and coast till you have regained control of the car or have came to a complete stop. If you have ABS brakes you apply pressure and stear where want to go and wait till you have gained control of the car.  

Thank you for taking the time to become a safer driver by reading this article and remember to stay in control of your car on the roads this winter and dominate the ice.