Just 4″, says the official snow measurer? Either your measuring stick is wonky, or that was a mini-me out there enjoying fresh, knee-deep blower on the Priest Creek lift line this morning. This is the snow that made Steamboat famous, by far the lightest dump we’ve had in recent weeks, and it’s still coming down. Giant crystalized globs are floating out of the sky, piling up on delicate aspen branches, filling in our tracks.
It’s Winter Carnival weekend. Traffic comes to a standstill downtown as the snow heaps up on Lincoln Avenue for all kinds of ski and shovel-riding horse-drawn feats. The competition is fierce. It is proof that Steamboat kids are fearless. And here’s the big hint: Because the entire town will be partying on Lincoln Avenue on Saturday and Sunday mornings, those who take advantage of early ski days will feel like you have the ski area and a ton of beautiful snow to yourself.
What a great morning in Steamboat making fast turns on soft and grippy snow under that beautiful blue Colorado sky. It has been quite the season with powder days outnumbering the sunny days, so when that blue sky is out, it’s time to get on the mountain and enjoy some turns with a view. With temperatures in the single digits this morning, the mountain was very quiet first thing, offering solitude among the snow-caked trees in every direction.
Apparently Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow yesterday. That means Steamboat didn’t get the message — or we’re just hunkering in for one of those long, notorious snowbound springs in Colorado. If you’re shoveling as well as skiing this season, the groundhog may have offered his greatest blessing — and curse. Since I’m making turns in freshies this morning, amidst an insane work week, I’ll throw down with the blessing.
In a nutshell, it’s pure winter out there. Another seven inches of fresh snow piled on the seven that we reported yesterday. It’s still snowing. My tele turns just earned an entire run of untracked thigh shots on Valley View. But layer up because were starting near zero today, and the forecast calls for a high of 15 degrees. It was no small sacrifice to remove my mitten to snap a few photos for you this morning.
The weather in the Rockies can vary pretty drastically from year to year. Some winters are filled with sunshine, plenty of groomed skiing and apres out on the decks. Other years, you never see the sun, and the snow just keeps piling up. This is one of those years. Foot by foot, that powdery white stuff keeps coming. After a big storm like the one last weekend, you don’t need much snow to create a full-on powder day. This morning, 7 inches was more than enough for face shots and deep turns on the mountain.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO-February 1, 2016-Three Steamboat Ski Resort patrol members are on a two-week mission to share their expertise during an exchange visit to several ski resorts in China.
“China has a growing ski industry, an emerging traveling segment and will be hosting the Winter Games in 2022,” said Katie Brown, vice president of sales & marketing for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. “This all adds up to an emerging international market with significant importance, and Steamboat is honored to share its knowledge in this area with our Chinese counterparts.”
In what is believed to be one of the first patrol exchanges of this type to China, Steamboat Patrol Director John Kohnke along with supervisors Jon Feiges and Kyle Lawton, left the United States and arrived in Beijing last week.