Winter

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Winter in Steamboat Brochure 2017-Cover

In this mountain town, the snow falls in feet, not inches; and winter typically runs from November to April, sometimes a bit longer. In fact, Steamboat Springs’ snow is abundant and so unique that it carries its own trademark.

We hope the information in this handout is helpful in making the most out of winter. Please feel free to contact Streets at any time if you have questions or concerns. 

This brochure, Winter Snow Brochure (PDF), is for residents and visitors. It explains "No Parking Restrictions", general street information and important phone numbers.

Snow Maintenance

During the winter season we continually have crews working in an effort to care for the approximately 300 inches of snow that falls on the city streets in an average winter season.

  • In addition to the sanding material we also use aggressive plowing.
  • We prioritize the streets according to traffic volumes and public safety requirements, focusing first on bus routes and primary access routes for emergency vehicles.
  • The Streets Division has coverage 7 days a week, 24 hours a day (Winter months only). In addition, Streets Division personnel are on call 24 hours a day year-round to respond to road conditions.

Residential Neighborhoods

As a general rule, snow on residential neighborhood streets is plowed half to one side, half to the other side of each street. This is done by circling the blocks, starting in the center of the street with a motor grader with a snow plow wing attachment. 

  • We work our way to the sides of the street where we leave the snow in the city right-of-way, which we call our snow storage area. If snow from residential sidewalks, driveways or mailbox areas is put in the street it will be plowed back to the side of the road to remove the safety hazard from the street. 
  • Please note that the city is not responsible for snow removal in or around sidewalks, driveways and mailboxes. 
  • All snow from private property or adjacent sidewalks should be stored on private property or be put in the snow storage area, located in the first five feet outside the edge of the asphalt or curb and gutter.

Collector Streets

The collector streets are heavy traffic areas and are plowed first. We also plow to the end of each core alley. Please do not place snow from private property or sidewalks in the street or into the snow piles at the end of the alleys. This creates a safety hazard and is in violation of the Municipal Codes Sec. 20-5 and Sec. 15-6, Paragraph 7 (PDF)

Within the City of Steamboat, adjacent property owners/tenants are responsible for proper same-day removal of snow from sidewalks, without depositing the snow in the city streets.

Streets - Snow removal crews sometimes work long hours to keep the streets safe. We ask for everyone’s cooperation to help keep them safe as well. Remember, plow trucks cannot stop or turn as readily as most vehicles. Please allow ample space for our snowplows to maneuver freely.

Driveways - When plowing is required, snow windrows are created across driveways. Removal of this snow in driveways is the responsibility of the property owner. Streets tries to keep this problem to a minimum. We ask the citizens of Steamboat to be patient and recognize that during the winter months there will be some inconvenience. Snow operations are labor intensive and equipment does fail on occasion.

Private Snow Plowing - Property owners should be aware that the placing, dumping or pushing of snow onto town streets or right-of-ways from adjacent properties is prohibited. Steamboat Municipal Codes: Sec. 20-5 and Sec. 15-6, Paragraph 7 (PDF).

During the wintertime crews work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to clear snow and ice on city streets. Here are a few simple things you can do to help crews during that time.

  • Be patient. The town's main priorities begin with bus routes and commercial routes/areas, then residential areas.
  • Observe "No Parking 2:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m." signs. During the late night and early morning hours crews plow and haul snow away from commuter and side streets.
  • Be a good neighbor. It is unlawful to push or plow your snow into or across the roadway. Homeowners and residents are responsible for maintaining their own driveways and parking areas. Your snow must be disposed of on your own property. Disposing of snow in roadways will only affect your neighbor. This code will be enforced and fines may apply.

Sanding Program

Streets uses an average of 2,800 tons of scoria per winter season to improve traction on city streets. The city applies scoria material in the collector streets and on bus/emergency vehicle routes and roads that have steep grades and is also applied at major intersections where stopping and turning are difficult.