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Steamboat Straight Talker's Blog – March 2012 Archive (30)

Beautiful Morning.

  As the flowers and trees start to bloom in the Yampa Valley  and folks start to set their sights on heading to the desert for some fun in the sun, then tend to forget about skiing and have mountain biking on the brain. The crowds start to thin and it's not unusual to have the runs all to yourself. To me, Spring skiing is some of the best times of the year. With record snows in 2011, we were blessed with powder skiing all the way to closing day and never got our taste of Spring. This year…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 31, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments

Fun in the Sun

Happy Friday to everyone! With the warm spring air, people are just itching to be outside basking in the Colorado sunshine. It almost feels like summer time. Spring breakers have had it great these last few weeks with warm sunny weather and perfect spring skiing conditions.

White Out Hero Bumps…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 30, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments

"Spin-ter"

It snowed last night on Upper Mountain!  Is it spring?  Or is it winter?  Today was like an all-you-can-eat buffet of conditions on the mountain.  From a fresh dusting of snow at the top, to soft spring snow at the bottom, you can experience Steamboat's microclimates today. 

From the bottom of the Four Points…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 29, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Spring IS Here

If If warm and sunny days and fun skiing are the things for you, than Steamboat in the springtime is your place. During the course of the day, the sun warms the snow into a very carve-able soft surface, it can even get slushy in some places. That makes skiing the most fun because you have so much control and…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 28, 2012 at 11:05am — No Comments

Morning Sunshine and Groomers

The conditions were remarkable today considering the warm temperatures we have been having.  Once the sun hits the slopes everything changes.  Spring brings us a myriad of snow conditions all of which I am happy to enjoy on Mount Werner.  As we all know, preparation is the key to any successful venture.  Skiing and riding this time of year is no different.  …

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 27, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

Making the Most of the Sunshine

The folks that decided to come to Steamboat for Spring Break this year really have it good...quintessential spring ski conditions and the warmth of sun that makes you feel like you're at the beach. No reason to choose between the mountains or the coast; you can have it all in the Rocky Mountains.

Here…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 26, 2012 at 11:50am — No Comments

Magical Slushy Machine

Slapping my skis down on the slopes for the first run of the day, I could already tell this was going to be a magical morning.  The crystallized snow from last night's freeze made it feel as if I was standing atop a giant snow cone.  The shaved ice quality to the snow was typical for this time of year and a welcome old friend.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 25, 2012 at 9:54am — No Comments

Skipping Spring.

  With yesterday's temperatures reaching near 70 degrees and today's forecast expecting a mirror image, Mother Nature has decided to skip Spring this year and go right into Summer. The slopes are still in great shape and the mountain crew is doing a wonderful job keeping the trails in tip-top condition. We currently have over a 50 inch base at the summit and the coverage is still excellent. Get out, have some fun it's shaping up to be a wonderful day. Oh, don't forget plenty of water and…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 24, 2012 at 10:52am — No Comments

Thoroughly Impressed

The spring rays are starting to leave their mark on people; whether it is burnt noses, raccoon eyes (goggle tans), or a permanent smile. You can't help but have a great time in Steamboat. This weekend's temperatures are calling for high in the upper 60's. How can you not embrace that?!

With the colder temperatures at night as well as the hard work from mountain employees; the conditions were great this morning. My first cruiser down Rudi's left me pleasantly…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 23, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Quest for Corn

It's harvest season in Steamboat and the crop of choice is corn.  No, I'm not referring to actual corn, but rather a type of snow called "corn snow."  Corn snow is coarse, granular wet snow.  It forms as the result of a spring cycle of daytime melting and nighttime refreezing.  When the snow has gone through this repeated melt-freeze cycle, it begins to form granules that resemble corn.  When softened by the morning sun, this snow is perfect for making fast, long-radius turns.  The picture…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 22, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

Spring-Winter

It only takes a little bit of sunshine to make me forget what winter feels like, and then a day like today to remember that winter ski season is hardly over. I did check the temperature this morning and grabbed a pair of spring gloves, only to notice the bright sun give way to a cooling cloud layer as the morning progressed. The good news about this protective cloud layer is that it helps to preserve the condition of this week's fresh snow.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 21, 2012 at 11:01am — No Comments

Spring brings Change

  One thing I’ve learned growing up in the mountains, is the weather and conditions always change.

            After a week of warm, balmy spring skiing, the heavens have brought snow to our slopes. Blue bird skies, cooler weather and 5 inches of fluff were a total treat. With coffee in hand, I loaded the gondola eager to enjoy the quiet morning. Eyeing Heavenly Daze, I opted to save my ripper run for the grand finale. I had to press onward and upward. I had…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 20, 2012 at 11:03am — No Comments

He's baaacck...

Yep. It seems that Old Man Winter has returned for a quick visit to the Yampa Valley bringing cold temps and about 3 inches of powder with him. This small storm has pushed the refresh button on the mountain making for a fun winter-spring-hybrid sort of day.

After days and days of glorious sunshine…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 19, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Granulated Goodness

There's something to be said for skiing first tracks the day after an Irish holiday.  Needless to say I had the slopes to myself for a few juicy hours this morning.



The snow conditions first thing could best be described as granulated sugar. You know the raw sugar packets you see in Starbucks? The…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 18, 2012 at 10:12am — No Comments

St. Patrick's Day groomers.

  It's another beautiful day here in the Yampa Valley. With temperatures expected in the 60's, the Spring skiing is at it's finest. The snow conditions are holding strong and with one month of skiing left, we are in for a great end of the season.

  Riding the Sundown lift, the morning breeze felt warm on…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 17, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

Get It While You Can

Spring conditions mean that early in the morning conditions are firm, until they soften up when the sun hits them. With this in mind, I figured Tomahawk would be a good choice to kick off the day. I have lost count on how many bluebird days we have had in a row; everyday has been spectacular, and this one will be no different.

On Tomahawk I saw these two kids who seemed to be brother and sister. Competing their way down the slopes, and whoever could get to their dad…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 16, 2012 at 11:14am — No Comments

Carpe Diem

The final countdown is on!  One month from today the lifts will make their last laps around the towers and come to a final stop.  I recall the anticipation I feel every fall to get back on my skis after a long summer.  This thought reminds me that one month goes by fast and it's time to seize the day! …

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 15, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

T-shirt Weather

Who doesn't love to ski when you don't need a jacket? Or even long pants? There have been plenty of t-shirt skiers on the mountain this week with these beautiful sunny days. You don't even have to look very far to see someone skiing in a pair of shorts, although personally I keep a thin layer covering my arms and legs in case I have any surprise contact with the ground.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 14, 2012 at 11:08am — No Comments

The Sun is up, it's time to play

It is looking to be another great spring day here in the Yampa Valley.  Sunscreen, some snacks and a grooming report will set you up nicely for a great day on the slopes.  With St. Patrick's Day coming up this weekend, the area is gearing up for a week filled with fun events including Free Concerts, a Torchlight parade and even an endurance race here at the Ski Area this Saturday.  …

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 13, 2012 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Honing Skills on Sunny Days

Longer days, bluebird skies and lots of sun are in full effect. Spring is in the air...I can literally smell it.

 

It's that perfect spring mix of fresh Rocky Mountain air and the subtle scent of the snow as it begins its slow melt. Today is much like the past few days where people are hooting and hollering about the sunshine. Much like a powder day, people are ecstatic and rejuvenated. The sun and slushy white slopes are in perfect contrast with the bright…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on March 12, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

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