After a fun little trip along the California coast, it felt great to be back in the mountains and back on the slopes this Friday morning.  With mild temperatures and soft corduroy, it’s really starting to feel like spring is just around the corner.

Sunny skies have prevailed most of the week in Steamboat, but today we’re starting to see some clouds building as moisture increases ahead of our next forecasted storm.  Morning temperatures were very mild with a base temp of 30 degrees, a mid-mountain temp of 29 degrees and a summit temp of 20 degrees; however, as the storm nears and likely brings more winds, it is a good day to dress in layers and be prepared for whatever Mother Nature may have in store (hopefully it’s something light, fluffy, cold and white).

With the more mild temperatures, soft corduroy dressed Steamboat’s slopes from top to bottom on Friday morning.  Runs like Vagabond, Buddy’s, Heavenly Daze and Ted’s Ridge were nicely groomed and felt really smooth and soft on my snowboard, like groovy ripples in the snow.  Ski or ride on the side of the groomed slopes to find the best corduroy, but shhh, don’t tell anyone my little secret!

Low light lenses would definitely help your visibility on a day like today, but all in all, with some scattered light and occasional glimpses of the sun, visibility was better than I expected.

With the NCAA National Championships this weekend in Steamboat, you’ll notice collegiate athletes on the mountain and ongoing competitions off of Christie Peak Express.  The University of Colorado is hosting the event in Steamboat, so make sure to walk under CU’s inflatable arch in gondola square with a little Buff Pride, if even just for a moment.

NCAA Nationals started on Wednesday and will end tomorrow with a ceremony at Howelsen Hill.  Mount Werner is hosting alpine racing events while Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat is hosting alpine and nordic racing events.  Not only can you watch collegiate athletes compete, but you can also watch some athletes compete who were trained by the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC), some who are members of the U.S. Ski Team and likely some future Olympians in the making.

Tonight make sure to enjoy Steamboat Friday Nights and tomorrow don’t miss another Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concerts as Ripe takes the stage at 3:30pm.  Formed in Boston, Ripe is seven musical soulmates with an unstoppable groove defining themselves as the swagger of funk filtered through a rock anthem.  Personally, I’ve never heard of Ripe, but based on their description, I’m excited to see them tomorrow and get my Saturday groove on!

Happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, snowboarder

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