Good Monday morning! Conditions are stormy and variable on Mt. Werner. Look for changing consistency and possible snow accumulation throughout the day. I started out early this morning and ventured into the cloud that is hovering over Storm Peak. There was a light dusting of snow on the groomers, and the snowfall got steadier as I skied.

Skiing in the clouds on Storm Peak

We are heading into a storm cycle that may bring several chances for powder over the next week. I’m all for a white Easter! If you are out skiing this morning, I would stick to the groomed slopes and hug the edges near the trees for perspective. The groomers offer the most consistent snow and the skies are definitely brighter on lower Mountain. Skiing in the clouds can be a magical and surreal experience, but if that’s not your thing, head to the runs off the gondola, Thunderhead and Christie lifts for better visibility.

I started out on Rudi’s and decided to try Storm Peak face. Last night’s dusting made for nice turns, and I recommend runs like Cyclone, Storm Peak and Buddy’s that faced away from the sun this weekend. If the snow starts to accumulate, the runs will only improve today. You will feel the base this morning, and as temperatures warm the slopes, you’ll find softer turns later in the day. Tonight is also the last one for night skiing. If the snow keeps up, evening turns through soft corduroy may be the best of the day!

Some turns on Heavenly Daze

It’s a great morning to stop at Paramount near the base for their legendary breakfast sandwich before hitting the slopes. Or if you are already up for the morning, make a pit stop at the scenic Four Points Lodge or Rye and join Steamboat’s Bloody Mary Challenge. You can sample a bloody at eight mountain venues and see which one you like the best. (On different days of course. There’s still time.) I tried one at Four Points on St. Patty’s Day, and it was a fabulous cocktail and snack rolled into one. Cheese, olives, jalapeño beans, even a slice bacon for carnivores.

The Yampa Valley loves snow

There’s a lot to look forward to in the ‘Boat this week with another free concert on Saturday, and Easter festivities on Sunday.

Meanwhile, our small and mighty town rose up to join the nation in its March for Our Lives protest with a peaceful demonstration Saturday on Lincoln Avenue. Hats off to the articulate students and soon-to-be voters who are using their voices.

Ski school is hoppin’

Friends will gather today to celebrate the life of one of Steamboat’s longtime residents, Eric Becker, who passed away last Thursday. Eric was a beloved friend to so many and an avid skier and adventurer who loved our wonderful town enough to spend the majority of his 48 years here. I hope there are mountains where he is.

I’ll leave you with a quote that brings me comfort when thinking of those who left too soon:

“This world is not conclusion. A sequel stands beyond. Invisible as music, but positive as sound.” – Emily Dickinson

Enjoy the snow!

 

Jessica Berg, Alpine skier

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