When accessing Steamboat from the east the first noteworthy landmark, besides the ridiculous amount of cheesy F.M. Light & Sons billboards, is the sight of Rabbit Ears Peak on its namesake pass. That view has suddenly changed after one of the ear’s lost the majority of its mass sometime in the last 6 months.
Steamboat Today business editor and photog, Scott Franz recently went up to the site to take a new picture to compare to an older shot and the results are staggering. So far, most experts believe the rock fall was caused by a process called “frost wedging“: where melting and freezing water causes fissures and cracks in the rock, which can cause massive instabilities in rock formations.
The same hydrological process was responsible for the demise of Bryce Canyon’s iconic Hoodoo Spire this past year.
Find the entire Steamboat Pilot and Today article here: Iconic Rabbit Ears Peak goes floppy after losing a big chunk of an ear