I’ve said it again and again: Don’t totally rely on the 5 am snow report. Here’s my morning routine:
- Call 5 am snow report: 970-879-7300
- LOOK OUT THE WINDOW (This is the critical step many miss. Is it snowing?)
- Check the Champagne Powder Snow Cam®
- Go skiing or riding
The beginning of a storm cycle in the mountains is an exciting time. The anticipation that the skies will open up and drop a few feet of powder on us gets everyone pumped. People wax their skis, get to bed early and figure out what fake illness they will be stricken with the next morning. Today is that day in Steamboat. If you have looked at the National Weather Service forecast for Storm Peak, you will see some pretty nice looking totals coming in the next few days. Today might only be the appetizer to tomorrow’s main course, but you won’t regret taking a bite or two.
Once again I was fortunate enough to rise to a fresh coat of snow in the Yampa Valley. The snow report boasted five new inches since the mountain closed yesterday. But with the skies still dumping when I hit the gondola, I’d report that the actual depth on upper-mountain was closer to eight.
I’m back. After an incredible, amazing and beautiful morning on the mountain yesterday, I was curious what today might have in store. Yesterday, I went to the tip-top of Mt. Werner, sitting very pretty at 10,568 feet, and enjoyed some fluffy, soft, untracked turns on super-duper light champagne powder®… today, I’ve only been to the top of Thunderhead Peak, sitting very pretty as well at 9,080 feet, and enjoyed some fun, fast, grippy turns on pristine corduroy. While my Friday and Saturday mornings on the mountain were very different, they both proved to be loads of fun in their own, unique way.
As I walked our dogs up the street early this morning, soft, fluffy snowflakes gently fell from the sky — the kind of snowflakes that are fun to catch on your mittens and admire each and every unique design. I noticed a few small patches of blue sky breaking through the misty morning clouds, and I knew it was going to be an amazing morning on the mountain.