It’s a quiet and cold morning here in Steamboat as the storm clouds are clearing to a blue bird Colorado sky.  The fresh snow continued through last night, leaving a few more inches on the ground and bringing our mid-mountain season total to over 230 inches of fluffy Champagne Powder.  Considering our annual average is 347 inches, this year is going really well, and there are plenty more powder days ahead.  Most of the fresh snow from this storm piled up yesterday, which left us with incredibly soft groomers this morning as well as plenty of fresh tracks to be had in the trees.  I was joined this morning at the gondola by only a small amount of other skiers and riders braving the cold temperatures to enjoy some solitude on the mountain.

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The views that greeted us at the top of the gondola today were amazing as the clouds began to lift and the blue sky started to take over the valley.  The trees that surround us in Steamboat are frosted in a beautiful coat of white that I can’t take my eyes off.  The vistas of the Yampa Valley never get old. What a great place to play in.

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Sundown was a great place to start the morning as soft groomer choices were endless.  The creamy snow allowed my board to carve deep into the freshly manicured corduroy that was consistent on all runs today.

The cold temps this morning have kept the mountain empty, which meant wide turns on every run and fresh corduroy that lasted for hours.  After a few runs up top, I made my way over to the Storm/Four Points area of the mountain, which offered more soft and consistent snow on every run.

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While I love soft corduroy to carve through, I am a powder hound, so I pointed my board into the trees in search of freshies.  There are endless fresh tracks available from top to bottom today, and I highly recommend dipping into the trees for some powder.  I found that runs near the Four Points elevation had the most fresh snow and many untracked lines to explore.

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There are so many twists and turns through the terrain in Steamboat that we should be skiing fresh tracks all day long.  The snow that blankets the mountain right now is light, fluffy and simply delicious.  And as the blue sky takes over, it will be another perfect powder day in the ‘Boat.

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Pick of the mountain today is the Twister trees: plenty of deep and untouched powder lines in every direction through a maze of incredible aspen trees.  Maybe that is what Buddy is smiling about today?

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Have a great day on the mountain!

 

Kevin Olsen, Snowboarder

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