Perfect day for lunchtime turns

The sun is out. The snow is soft. And another storm is on the way.

These sunny, bluebird days are some of my favorite of the season. Today, I cruised groomers, soaked in the expansive views of the Yampa Valley and let all my worries melt away. It’s a great day to be out on the mountain.

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Sunshine and Skis

Wednesday morning was nothing short of spectacular, stunning and simply breathtaking in Steamboat.  Negative temps, heavy frost and a chilly morning fog blanketed the Yampa Valley while warmer temps and plentiful sunshine kissed the slopes in the Sunshine Peak area.  Normally I’m a snowboarder when I Straight Talk, but today, clear skies and fresh groomers were reason for me to break out my skis. Continue reading

Soaking up the Sunshine

When the sun comes out during a winter like this, you take advantage.

Mother Nature flipped the switch to winter just a week before Steamboat’s opening day in November, and it feels like it has been snowing nonstop even since — especially in January, when we’ve been buried under more than 5 1/2 feet of snow in the first two weeks of the month.

The series of snowstorms that have been blanketing the Yampa Valley in a fresh coat of white are taking a few days off to gather their strength. So get out there, cruise the groomers and soak up as much Vitamin D as you can before the next storm rolls in on Friday.

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MLK Day Clouds and Cowboys

Happy Martin Luther King Day! How lucky are we that we can celebrate it on Mt. Werner? After another week of snow, the slopes are still in great shape. It’s worth making it up for some turns today.  When your legs are tired, head to Gondola Square to catch the always entertaining  43rd Annual Cowboy Downhill Race today at 1:00 on Stampede. What the cowboys lack in technique they make up for in raucous spirit and style; it’s the best ski rodeo around! There will be music and fun for the whole family starting at the base at 11:00, so don’t miss the fun.

The skies are a bit murky with fog blanketing the mountain again today. That said, the slopes are still soft and in amazing shape after all of the new snow last week. The crowds have thinned considerably, and even after all of the holiday weekend traffic, groomers are skiing great.

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Dreamlike

Today was incredible. The milky sky above the resort when I was loading the gondola may have led one to believe otherwise, but what a surprise to be found up top. As my 8-passenger car escorted me up the hill, we broke through the clouds and were quickly encapsulated by the early morning sun.

Skiing above the clouds was almost dreamlike. It was as if my skis were floating on air although the sweetly groomed terrain below my feet was preciously firm. Warming up my legs on runs like Rolex and West Side was an unbelievable start to the day. In the distance I could see the Sleeping Giant and he looked as if he too was bedded down on a blanket of fluff. Continue reading

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