Above and Below the Clouds
Wednesday morning in Steamboat was spectacular and mystical, thanks to some impressive clouds and a touch of fresh snow that we received yesterday. In the ten winter seasons I’ve spent in Steamboat, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen Steamboat mountain above and below the clouds at the same time. It was simply stunning!
After a quick little blast of winter on Tuesday, which brought a dusting of snow and heavy cloud cover, some clouds were left lingering this morning, but uniquely, only around mid-mountain. Below the top of Christie Peak Express and above the top of Four Points Lift, the nicely groomed slopes glistened in the morning sunlight; however, everything in between seemed to still be asleep, hiding in a heavy morning fog.
Occasionally the sun would peek out around mid-mountain, creating a surreal and mystical landscape. While the clouds did create a unique morning on the mountain, I’m almost certain that as the day goes on, this cloud will lift and make way for a bluebird day in Steamboat. And speaking of a bluebird day, that’s exactly what Storm Peak had to offer up this morning. Being above the clouds, under the deep blue skies and kissed by the morning sunlight was a real treat. Paradoxically, Storm Peak was the sunny, warm and calm place to be this morning; Sunshine Peak was still covered in a light, early morning fog (that I’m sure has already lifted as I’m writing this blog).The groomed slopes off of Storm that were already sparkling in the morning sun were in great condition! With one inch of new snow in the past 24 hours, the corduroy was grippy and smooth. The combination of the right temperature paired with a little bit of new snow paired with morning sunlight was perfection higher up on the mountain. Once the sunlight hits mid-mountain, those slopes will be in great spring condition as well, but as for early morning conditions, let’s just say that visibility was tough and the snow was a bit firm.The little bit of new snow we received yesterday did warrant a return of winter activity at the bottom of Storm Peak Express, in the form of making an awesome snowman! Make sure to ride Storm and say hello to “True North” with his sweet yellow sunglasses, ski pole arms and basket buttons (and perhaps congratulate him on being employee of the month).This time of year, Steamboat if full of things to do, so make sure to check out what is happening this week. Friday and Saturday, Steamboat Ski Resort is hosting the US Freestyle Championships, which features the country’s best men and women mogul athletes, including Olympic, World and National Champions. Ski down or hike up to the 1,000-foot vertical long Mayer’s Mogul Course and watch some impressive and amazing athletes compete for the national title. And after the competition, make sure to get your groove on to Flow Tribe Saturday afternoon in gondola square.Happy Wednesday!
Erin Campbell, Snowboarder
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