Steamboat Springs — It’s dumping snow at Steamboat Ski Area, with piles 4, 5 and even 6 feet deep. But it’s not just the occasional early winter storm that is doing the trick.
Snowmaking on the slopes began in earnest Sunday night and Monday morning, with crews now on standby 24 hours a day to make as much snow as possible in the 28 days leading up to the ski area’s opening.
Doug Allen, vice president of mountain operations for Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp., said the resort’s snowmaking operators went through orientation last week and hit the slopes Sunday night when the temperature reached the 24-degree threshold for artificial snowmaking.
Allen’s crews operated the snow guns throughout the night and until about 11 a.m. Monday. Their efforts were…