Dropping Ropes

As I stepped off the gondola into a world of crystallized flakes surrounding all sides of me, I awakened the first time to the fact that today was going to be a tremendous day on the mountain. The overnight fluff that accumulated on our slopes has added a gentleness and approachability to everything that is white.

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As I began to ski and take some photos I realized that my surroundings were so beautiful that I could easily fill an entire memory card on my camera before hitting my first lift. But that’s when I overheard ski patrol talking about dropping more ropes. I quickly packed my gear and headed up Storm Peak Express.

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Zipping my way down Buddy’s Run, the snow was light and fluffy. The ankle deep pow gave enough float to my tips that plowing through piles of cushy flakes was a thrill. As I cut over onto Calf Roper I ducked into the untracked snow on skier’s right and popped myself over onto Tornado. That’s where I witnessed ski patrol winding the final ropes and putting away the bamboo which was the sign that things were open for skiing and riding. Cruising the run top to bottom I found a plethora of shin and knee deep fluff.

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Some of the other notable runs of the morning include B.C. Liftline and Heavenly Daze. On B.C. Liftline, check out the trees on skier’s right to find some untouched stashes just waiting to be sliced and diced.

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As I made my way around the mountain I couldn’t help but think about here it is only November and things are only getting started. The consistent snowfall over the last few nights has fattened what’s already a building base. I’d be surprised if we didn’t see more trails open today and the coming week.

My advice is to hit up our friendly ski patrol for some insider advice. They’re usually fairly open with their plans to open new terrain. Cheers!

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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Small Town Mountain

Good morning skiers and riders, it’s a gorgeous day in the ‘Boat!  Sunshine, snow, and three inches of fresh powder have the smiles frozen to everyone’s faces today, and the mountain has that Saturday feeling of small town and old friends.  Brisk but not freezing, the early morning runs provided un-tracked “freshies” all the way down Rudi’s and Norther.  The snow is floatable, carve-able, and falling from the sky against a hazy backdrop of fledgling sunshine.  On most runs skiers have the choice between flawless corduroy and untracked freshies.  By midday I imagine there will be a good inversion making mid and upper mountain pleasantly warm and soft.

Admittedly this is my first day skiing.  After a Saguaro filled week in Arizona, it’s good to be back in wintertime, to be surrounded by old sounds like the swoosh of skis on snow, bits of SSWSC coaching, the rattle and squeek of chairlift wheels, the silence of heavy trees.   The happy lift operators and friendly early-bird crowd build the perfect atmosphere of Steamboat hospitality.

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It’s Fresh Air Friday.

A decadent eau de stuffed turkey filled my little log cabin late yesterday afternoon as I watched wisps of clouds roll into a bluebird sky. All I could think was YAY for an après Thanksgiving powder day. We can all send a little extra dose of gratitude to Mother Nature as we enjoy four new inches of freshies.

I hope you too had a delicious pumpkin pie breakfast this morning, with a hefty dollop of homemade whipped cream in your coffee. Before the sugar buzz wears off, get out and get your top-to-bottom ski on.  In a smart little rebellion to the craziness of Black Friday shopping, Colorado has declared today Fresh Air Friday.  Cultivate your inner “fresh air rebel” and get out and ski or ride today. Continue reading

It’s all about carving!

Sometimes it’s best to stick with what works. Like the turkey and mashed potatoes you are gonna fill up on later today, this morning it’s best to stick with the classics. That means fresh corduroy on Buddy’s and high speed carving down Heavenly Daze. Sure you can venture into the un-groomed trails we have open like White Out or BC Lift Line, but why bother when the groomers are so good.

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Scholarship Day 2015!

Opening Day has finally arrived! Although Steamboat had a soft opening this past weekend, the resort officially opened today with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Day. I’m elated to report that we have top-to-bottom skiing and riding today from Storm Peak Express to the base area!

I wasted no time getting out of bed and up to the mountain for my debut blog of 2015/16. I’m happy to be back in Steamboat and back to working with the Straight Talk family! The excitement and energy filling the base area was contagious. I couldn’t help but share in the conversation with the small crowd gathering at the gondola doors. The familiar chat regarding snow conditions and what trails are open brought back so many fond memories of the beginning of another ski season.

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