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Run after Run of Fun Untracked Powder

You know, being a Straight Talk Reporter is not all riches, fame, and glory.  

Sure, we get to wear the latest in fashionable ski uniforms (or at least they were fashionable in 1993).  Yes, we get to ski the mountain a lot (or more like we have to ski the mountain a lot, no matter how cold and…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 28, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Sunrise on Mardi Gras Week

There's a carnival atmosphere in Steamboat as we kick off Mardi Gras week with sunny blue skies and comfortable temperatures.  This morning the snow was FAST, especially at the top of the mountain.  I couldn't help but smile as I zipped across the corduroy on Rudi's Run.  The freshly-pressed cord made turning my carving skis easy and so much fun. …

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 27, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Chasing the Sun.

At times like this, with warm sunny days and cold and clear nights, the early bird doesn't catch the worm, the late bird does. 

At 8:30am, most of the mountain is still bathed in shadows and skiers will find relatively hard and crunchy conditions, even on groomed runs.  However, once that sun rises above…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 26, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Storm Winds... Snowing?!

Good morning from another spring-like day in Steamboat! Although, I'm happy to report that there were flakes flying through the air as I made my way up Storm Peak Express! Even thought the forecast isn't calling for much, we'll take anything we can get at this point. Yes, we're spoiled here in Steamboat, but that's why we live here after all!…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 25, 2014 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

Mix it up Monday

The skiing is excellent up top today.  With February coming to a close this week, I am still enjoying every day of skiing that I can get.  Today is a little brisk, lighting is a little flat and the terrain is a little less crowded than I have seen recently.  I would plan on a light lens in your goggles and maybe a face mask for protection against the winds up high but prepare for a nice day of carving out there.   The groomers are surprisingly soft and so were the bumps.  I was quite pleased…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 24, 2014 at 10:16am — No Comments

A Fast Weekend

The weekend is going by fast here in Steamboat.

Not because time is flying by, but because we are skiing fast down all the manicured corduroy available to us this weekend.  Our grooming team has done an excellent job preparing the runs each day allowing skiers and riders to carve up their favorite runs on smooth conditions.

 

It's an overcast morning on the mountain, which can make it hard to see in the flat light.  Certainly the right goggle lenses make a nice…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 23, 2014 at 11:09am — No Comments

Magical Fresh Tracks.

Long lines at Pioneer Ridge this morning!

  There is something magical about standing at the top of a run and seeing nothing but fresh snow. No tracks, no turns, just a clean canvas waiting to be curved up by you. Today was one of those special mornings. With the majority of the population of Steamboat…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 22, 2014 at 10:42am — No Comments

Appreciating Steamboat

Some days are better than others on the mountain, but today I am really appreciating Steamboat.

Yeah, it's pretty windy on the mountain today and not very warm.  Sure, It's been cloudy and gray all morning with flat light conditions.  No, there isn't very much deep powder to play in right now. …

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 21, 2014 at 11:22am — No Comments

Schussing Über Powder

After a brief dry and warm spell, a storm rolled into Steamboat last night bringing with it 6 inches of fresh powder and a lot more is predicted to fall before the end of  the weekend.  Break out those powder skis and head up here, because it's going to be a Champagne Powder…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 20, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

A Good Day to Explore the Mountain

Ok, so I've got good news and bad news.  The bad news is that until the storm rolls in later today and refreshes the mountain, the conditions in the mornings are currently best described as, um, hard-packed and firm variable.  The good news is that there is a five day storm cycle on the way, we have had over 300" inches of total snow so far, and the skies are clear and visibility is excellent. …

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 19, 2014 at 11:19am — No Comments

Olympic Inspiration

Hello friends and family of Ski Town USA! I'm elated to be back to the 'boat and again part of the Straight Talk family. After a few-year hiatus I have returned for the remainder of the season and look forward to reporting from the greatest ski town in the country.

During this time, every four years, I wake each morning with Olympic-caliber inspiration. Today was no different. As my first day back to Straight Talk, I felt it was only appropriate to ski my favorite runs and…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 18, 2014 at 10:49am — No Comments

Let the Sun Shine

It is nice to see the big ball of fire in the sky today.  With all the snow we have had, I can hardly complain about the great skiing that has graced this season but it is always nice to see the sun shining on the slopes of Mt. Werner.  It is not too warm out there but count on a nice inversion at mid mountain that will only improve as the day moves forward.  The skiing was nice, a little breezy up top and some new snow to be found in the trees where all of the powder is protected from the…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 17, 2014 at 10:50am — No Comments

Cheers to the Groom

Ok... you might read the headline of today's post and think I was giving a wedding toast.  But as all skiers and riders know on a lovely morning like today, the groomers are where it's at.

Runs like High Noon (top to bottom) and Sunshine Lift Line were a sweet treat to sink a hard edge into.  Buddy's Run…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Winter up top, Spring down below.

Great Groomers!

   With several weeks of snow and colder than normal temperatures, Mother Nature decided to turn the dial and give us a taste of spring. The current temperature is 41 degrees and it feels like spring is in the air. I'll be honest, it feels great, but I know it will be short lived. With more…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 15, 2014 at 10:40am — No Comments

Fantastic Snow for President's Day Weekend

After watching rain unfrozen snow fall in downtown Steamboat last night, I have to admit I wasn't optimistic about the snow conditions this morning.  Rain equals ice, and at Steamboat, we don't do ice.  .    

But I also knew that it had only rained lower down…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 14, 2014 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Mother (Nature) + Baby (Powder) = A Heavenly Daze

Is three days old too soon to get your first season pass?  Not if you're a Steamboat baby. 

Yeah, that's right.  There is a new Straight Talker in the world.  (More like a Straight Mumbler, actually, but you get my drift.)  I am already fantasizing about the day, sometime in the near future, when my…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 12, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

You guessed it: another powder day

February has been kind to Steamboat with 3 feet of fresh snow at mid-mountian and 4 feet at the summit. And today is you guessed it  another powder day (the fifth one since the groundhog saw his shadow).

The temperature is a bit warmer today (28 F),…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 10, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Floatacious

Seems like the Straight Talk is beginning to sound to a bit redundant at this point.  But YES... it's once again snowing in Steamboat.  What an incredible morning of Winter Carnival powder.

No sooner had I gotten to the top of the gondola that I began stripping off layers.  The temperature on the…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 9, 2014 at 10:24am — No Comments

Winter Carnival Powder.

Another Powder Day!

   If there is any weekend I would pick to be in Steamboat Springs it would be Winter Carnival weekend. It is truly an amazing time to be here in the Yampa Valley. This year has an extra special feel. As we cheer on our home town heroes who are participating in this year's Winter Olympics,…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 8, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

If you have not been out on the slopes lately, don’t wait any longer. Go get some powder.  The skiing has been epic. With the daily snowfall, the skiing keeps getting better and better. (Lucky us)  …

If you have not been out on the slopes lately, don’t wait any longer. Go get some powder.

 The skiing has been epic. With the daily snowfall, the skiing keeps getting better and better. (Lucky us) 

On days like today, I try to challenge myself to hit new trails and enjoy areas less traveled. I’ve…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on February 7, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments

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