It’s a quiet morning here in Steamboat and a perfect chance to get some solitude on the mountain after a busy holiday season.  It is easy to discount overcast days and not get to the gondola first thing, but it was a great opportunity to carve up our favorite groomers without anyone else around.  The wind is calm, the temperatures are comfortable, and the snow is nicely carvable throughout all parts of the mountain.

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We started things off on Sundown with only a few other First Tracks skiers checking out all of the grooming options available to us.  If you make it to the hill early, a must have is the Steamboat grooming report available through the Steamboat app, online and in print when you get on the gondola.  This is always a very useful tool to find out what our expert grooming team took care of last night for skiers and riders to enjoy in the morning.  Westside and Two O’clock were our top choices to kick things off.  With hardly anyone else around, we enjoyed wide turns down the entire run while taking in views of the Yampa Valley below us.  What a great place we get to play in!

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We were lucky enough to catch the rope drop at the top of Sundown heading over to Storm Peak, only to find the entire face with untouched corduroy laid out below us.  I love letting my eyes follow the lines of corduroy as far as I can see, and making turns as fast as possible to the bottom of the run.  The snow is soft and predictable on all groomed runs today, which allowed for big, arcing turns all the way down.

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We enjoyed quite a few of our favorite groomers this morning thanks to the grooming report.  Sunset and Hurricane aren’t always manicured, but today they both were, and it was such a treat flying down those runs with no one else around.

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It hasn’t snowed in a few days, so my vote today is for the groomed runs and maybe some afternoon bumps if your legs can take it.  There is possibly some snow headed our way tomorrow, so make sure you do your snow dance, pray to the snow gods, or do what ever it is you do to make it snow so we can keep enjoying those fresh tracks.  Powder is certainly at the top of my list in skiing, but flying down those runs of untouched corduroy are pretty sweet, as well, and absolutely worth getting up early for.

Pick of the mountain today is Sunset: nice long lines of untouched corduroy made this a carving dream today.

Did I mention to check the grooming report?

Have a great day on the mountain!

 

Kevin Olsen, Alpine skier

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