Maybe you had better things to do, like open presents. Maybe 4 inches just aren’t enough to get you out of bed. Maybe you had too much nog last night. Whatever your reason for not going up to the mountain this morning, you are missing out on a great day. While 4 inches isn’t as good as two feet, it is enough snow to make certain parts of the mountain really fun to ride on.

Something interesting happens when it snows after the groomers have already done their work for the night. With just a little powder on top and a perfectly smooth surface underneath,riding these runs feels like wake boarding on a glassy lake. Soft, predictable and buttery smooth, these days are a treat. My first run of the day was straight down buddy’s with nothing but a snowmobile track on the entire run. Since Buddy’s isn’t part of my normal circuit on the mountain, it was probably the most fun I have ever had on that run.

If you are reading this, it probably means you aren’t on the mountain already, so all the fresh tracks on groomers are probably gone. But don’t fret, there are plenty of freshies if you know where to look. After a few runs down from storm, I decided to head up to the top of Morningside and see how the double blacks up there were riding. I followed a lonely track into No Names and had an awesome run down the open chutes and out onto the apron. There was just enough soft snow on top to ride it fast and beat my sluff out into the open. Just a quick tip for any one new to the gates at the top of the mountain. If you are on a snowboard, you can make it out of No Names without having to un-buckle. The same can’t be said for East Face and North St. Pats.

Despite all the snow we have gotten recently, it isn’t even January yet, so there are still a lot of buried trees and rocks to watch out for. I found that out yet again this morning when I got an unexpected Christmas present from the mountain. My second core shot of the year! Even with another repair bill, it was a great morning out there. So put on those fancy new goggles Santa left you under the tree and enjoy a beautiful Christmas Day in Steamboat. 

Merry Christmas!