Today is all about goggle choice. Make the right one and you will be setting some of the best groomer turns of the season. Make the wrong one and you wont be able to see much of anything on the ground. Overcast days can be tricky like that, but if you remember your low-light lenses, there are some great runs to be had out there. Despite the fact that we haven’t received any new snow this week, some of the runs seem to be getting better as they settle. With a potentially big storm on the horizon, today is a day to enjoy the great conditions we already have and start dreaming of the deep stuff.
This might sound like a broken record, but the best run on the mountain today is Buddy’s. The north facing slopes have been protected from the sun and the coverage is pretty good from top to bottom. There are a few bits of rock underneath the first roller, but the rest of the run is smooth and ice free. I’m not sure the last time I was able to carve that hard on lower Buddy’s and Tornado Lane. The added bonus is there is almost no one on the mountain so the groomers should stay good all day.
The other highlight of the morning has to be top-to-bottom Vagabond runs. The top has been open for about a week now, but the lower section down to Thunderhead lift just opened and offers up some really nice steep riding. There are a few sections below Betwixt that get a bit chattery, but as it warms up that should improve. On your way out, I highly recommend taking a run or two through the terrain park on Lil’ Rodeo. There are some great new rail features to try out and a kicker at the bottom for those of you who want to showboat for the people on the decks.
Even though the mountain was a great time today, it’s hard not to look forward to the possible powder day tomorrow. Nothing is set in stone, but everyone’s favorite weather man Joel Gratz is saying that we might cash in on a very intense band of snow during the day tomorrow. You can check out the full report here, but if this excerpt doesn’t get you excited I don’t know what will:
“Most weather models agree that this intense band of snow will be located very close or over Steamboat. I put 3-6 inches in the forecast, but really the range should be wider. If the band of snow hangs over Steamboat, totals could easily be in the double digits.”
Stay safe out there today and get ready for some powder tomorrow!
Dan Tullos, snowboarder