I don’t know about you, but I’m tired.  The holidays are so much fun, but at the same time, they are so incredibly busy… at least in my family.  This morning, as I struggled to get out of bed, I raised my head enough to see the mountain (yes, we are lucky enough to have a mountain view from our bedroom window), and just the sight of it gave me a little bit of energy.  At least enough energy to get geared up and out the door… which, by the way, you will want to layer well today as it’s a bit chilly (which means, super light and fluffy snow).  Walking up to the base gave me more energy, loading the gondola gave me even more energy and that first run on our awesome mountain gave me the most energy… my “holiday hangover” was magically cured! 

I’m normally a Four Points regular, but today, I decided to go to Sundown and head straight for the 2:30 trees.  Spur Run is a mellow run but does present some nice valley views – a nice way to start your morning and clear your mind.  As I rode up Sundown, I was thankful for all of my SmartWool® layers that kept me nice and warm despite the frosty morning temperature.  SmartWool® is headquartered in Steamboat and makes super comfy and warm Merino wool products like socks, base layers, accessories, apparel and more.  Check out their website for more information.  While most of the First Tracks skiers were sticking to the groomed runs (which were quite nice with the fresh, soft inch of snow that fell since the mountain closed yesterday), I went straight for the trees… the 2:30 trees.  Skiers and riders have definitely been having some good ol’ Christmas fun in there, but I was surprised at the soft, fresh pockets still waiting to be found.  Besides some really nice turns, the trees themselves are absolutely beautifully frosty this Saturday morning…

2:30 trees

In the past 2 weeks, Steamboat has reported some amount of new snow every single day – some days more than others – but that means that the snow conditions are top notch.  As I mentioned before, the groomers are in great shape with their solid base and fresh snow on top, but for me, even better, the trees are also in fantastic shape.  I’ve been lucky enough to ski a good amount over Christmas, and have found some really fun tree stashes.  The Bar UE trees (which I skied yesterday afternoon) are in awesome shape – my husband and I found some great, untracked stashes in there.  The trees off of Pony lift are still in great shape – especially Nash Junction.  And North St. Pats was fantastic when we skied it on Christmas Eve, and I’m guessing with the continuous snow we’ve been receiving, it’s now in even better shape.  The photo of my hubby, Eli Campbell, below was taken last Wednesday on North St. Pats, on Christmas Eve (after my morning blog that day), but is an awesome representation of some of the less traveled terrain Steamboat has to offer.

North St. Pats

I ended my Saturday morning with a run down Upper Valley View.  The snow was great, and there was a lot of it… and very few tracks, besides a few animal tracks I spotted.  Valley View is always one of my favorite ways to end a great ski day (or morning in this case), so get out there early and feel the energy you get from those amazingly soft, fun turns.  Until next time, enjoy the rest of 2014…

Frosty trees

Erin Campbell, snowboarder

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