I was privileged today to have a chance to ski with my wife and our good friend Bob while the kids were at school. There’s something about sneaking off to play while the kids are away that adds a little mischief to the sport. With several inches of fresh snow and more falling from the sky as we speak, the conditions were superb to get after it.

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Runs like Sunshine Lift Line and West Side offered nothing but smooth, creamy turns ahead. Digging into the powder that has once again found its home in Steamboat, I could still sense the packed powder below. This created just enough edge control to feel stable in weighting my downhill ski yet provided enough float to soften every turn. Being midweek and all, the slopes today seemed especially quiet. For those of us lucky enough to be on the mountain today, we found ourselves with a resort practically all to ourselves. Arcing large, wide turns across runs like Upper Rainbow was a breeze and there didn’t seem to be any concern at all about others crowding my personal space. Not to mention that the accumulation of snow in the last week has been utterly amazing in general.

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For those who enjoy those bumped runs, both Norther and Surprise were skiing especially well this morning. The powder between moguls embraced my skis as I zipped my way down what seemed like professionally crafted lines. What a thrill it can be to bash the bumps knowing that each impact is more forgiving than the next. For both expert and intermediate skiers, I’d suggest giving these trails a try.

Now as far as the upcoming conditions, let’s just say I’m excited. Looking at the 5-day forecast for Steamboat, it appears there’s a front rolling in with plans to stick around for a while. Nothing but Mother Nature’s finest white fluff is headed our way which should create some excitement as we creep into the weekend.

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So if you have other plans for the remainder of the week, break them. If work has you scheduled in meetings, quit. If your equipment isn’t functioning the way you’d like, fix it. Whatever you need to do to get skiing in Steamboat this week. And heck, if you can’t make it up here in the next few days, that’s just more powder for me. Ha!

 

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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