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.

Until yesterday afternoon, it had been snowing for days and days on end here in the Boat.  It is really stacking up for us with over 22 feet of Champagne Powder at mid-mountain this season and plenty more powder days to come.  With so much snow lately, conditions on the mountain are absolutely prime, and when you add some sunshine to that, it is a recipe for an awesome day in the hills.

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We started the day off enjoying groomers in the Sundown area of the mountain while the sun was slowly coming up over the ski area.  The snow is very soft and consistent on all aspects and elevations allowing for deep carving turns in the corduroy no matter what run we chose.  It’s about as good as it gets out there on the groomers today with the soft snow conditions and rarely seen sun lighting up the terrain and scenery.  Even after living here for 15 years, the views of the valley caked in snow simply never get old.  What a magical place we play in!

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While the temperature today is pretty frigid, the skiing is so good it just doesn’t matter.  I really like getting up early on days when it is really cold out because I know the runs will be empty for a while.  Carving big and fast turns on runs with no other skiers is pretty hard to beat, and we took full advantage of the solitude today.

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While enjoying a morning full of amazingly soft groomers is hard to beat, there is plenty of fresh powder hiding in the trees from the storm yesterday, so I pointed my skis for the woods to finish off the morning.  Tons of fresh and deep tracks are left in the Four Points, Pony and lower mountain areas and should last all day long.  It snowed more at the mid-mountain elevations with the most recent storm, so look for deeper turns lower down on the mountain.  The snow is still soft and deep in those areas and definitely worth your time to go check out.

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Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts today because we are headed for another round of fresh powder tonight and into tomorrow.  This has truly been an exceptional year of skiing for Steamboat, and it’s far from over.

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Pick of the mountain today are the Twister/Hurricane trees — so many fresh turns out there to be enjoyed under that beautiful blue sky.  Enough said!

Have a great day on the mountain and think snow.

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Kevin Olsen, Alpine skier

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