We’ve seen 27” of freshies in the past 48 hours, 1.5″ of which fell while we were out skiing yesterday. But the mercury is dipping way below zero this morning. Yin and yang. Lest you’re debating a return to the deliciousness of all that fresh snow lingering on Mount Werner vs. hiding inside your flannel sheets with an extra down comforter, let me nudge you to recall why it’s worth getting up and getting out this morning.

Your fellow skiers and riders wax-poetic after skiing yesterday’s magic snow:

“Double digit deep, powder so sweet.”—Mike W.

“Frozen smiles seen knee deep for miles.”— Georgie W.

“Just keeps on going and going.”—Ali G.

“Forgive me, I have powder brain.”—Anonymous young woman trying to focus at the library last night

As my Ski Patrol pals on the first gondola this morning explained, these cold temps are sucking out the moisture, keeping the snow light.

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Yesterday, the sign that we all love to see. Yep…the snow is THAT good.

It’s why we live here. (And why you like to visit! Welcome to the ‘boat, Texas.) Just bundle up—way up. Yesterday we didn’t surpass the single digits and today the forecast puts us around a high of zero. Wear all your layers, cover every inch of skin and watch your buddies’ noses for frostbite. Stash a little cash too, because today’s skiing and riding is destined to include the toasty and scenic Tour de Hot Chocolate: Four Points, down to the T-Bar, up to Ragnar’s (where I highly recommend the hot mulled wine), over to the third floor of Thunderhead. Repeat.

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Frosty trees await on Storm Peak.

In between steamy chocolate fixes there’s a ton of beautiful cold-preserved powder to be lapped up. It’s lingering all over the mountain. I skied barely-touched stretches of freshies in the 2:30 trees this morning. On the groomers, all that soft snow is slightly tacky today, making for long, sweet, slow turns. Valley View and See Me were faster than any of the corduroy like Two O’Clock or Westside up top,  making for an extra-fun trail of turns to the bottom. If you feel the need for speed, stick below mid-mountain.

Sweet freshies linger in the trees.

Sweet freshies linger in the trees.

Stay warm. Ski hard. Enjoy the free Music Fest concerts. And I’d suggest defying the cold at one of Steamboat’s famous hot springs and taking in downtown’s First Friday Art Walk, where the super cool Young Bloods Collective is debuting fun new work tonight.

Enjoy a Steamboat sky that is turning deeper blue by the minute because there’s more snow coming our way starting on Sunday….and it’s magic out there today!

Jennie Lay, Telemark skier
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