James's Blog – December 2008 Archive (14)

Ride Journal - 12/28/08

The hill had two different personalities today. This morning while riding with Matt the sky was overcast, Storm Peak was in thin clouds, and the best visibility was in the trees. Around 2pm the skies turned blue, the sun came out, and Jenny, Kelly and I were treated to a glorious blue bird day with temps in the 20's and puh-lenty of powder on all of our runs. Last night's 5 inches sat on top of the snows that have fallen almost every day for… Continue

Added by James on December 28, 2008 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

Ride Journal - 12/27/08 - Pony Express Opening Day

Hit the hill around noon with Rochelle and Kevin. Our first run was a bee-line from Thunderhead down Rudi's to that most awesome of chairs: The Pony Express. There's lots of colorful debate floating around Steamboat many years after that chair was put in, and I come down firmly on the side of TGFPE (Thank God For Pony Express). It's a fast chair that whisks you up to a nice blue, a nice dark blue, some black runs, and for experts, a couple gates leading out of bounds into the "Golf Course", a… Continue

Added by James on December 27, 2008 at 6:55pm — 1 Comment


Took a short hike up the mountain this morning with Tosh, our seven year old Georgia born-and-bred dog. Tosh is a blend of several varieties of pup, most likely including Manchester Terrier and Black Labrador Retriever. At around 40 pounds we've found her to be an excellent size for outdoor activities. Just enough speed, endurance, and pick-up-able to be fun.

Since moving to the Rockies from our warm southern home, Tosh has displayed a funny behavior when walking in snow any deeper… Continue

Added by James on December 25, 2008 at 11:57am — 1 Comment

21 in 24

Today was one of those days that will be talked about for a long time. Comfortable temperatures, good visibility, a solid base, and 21" of fresh powder conspired to make 12.23.08 our first "big" day. Patrol "dropped" the rope above lower Sundown Lift line, including the lower part of Shadows, opening up a few new pistes as well as many acres of super deep virgin 08/09 powder. Almost every run was through a minimum of one foot of powder, while many were through three and now and again, four foot… Continue

Added by James on December 23, 2008 at 8:00pm — 4 Comments

Solstice Ride Journal 12/21/08

Temps today hovered around 20F from mid-mountain on upward thanks to Steamboat's common temp inversion, providing awesome riding conditions. Many great runs were had over the course of about 3.5 hours, including laps in the 2:30 trees, Sunshine lift line, the trees in Wally World, and then a traverse thru Morningside over to St. Pats. St. Pats was in primo shape, and isn't even close to being tracked out from our last two storms. As usual, the whoop-dee-doo ride thru Cowboy Coffee down into… Continue

Added by James on December 21, 2008 at 7:33pm — 4 Comments

Snow, Weather, Lift Info now on my.steamboat home page

You can now see the latest snow, temperature, wind, lift & trail info just below the Photo Of The Day on the my.steamboat.com homepage. This info comes from our steamboatinfo Twitter feed, and is updated several times a day. If a lift closes temporarily due to wind or other reasons, the first place you can probably see it is on the my.steamboat.com homepage or on your… Continue

Added by James on December 19, 2008 at 6:00am — 12 Comments

Mountain Tweets, or, Steamboat now on Twitter

Steamboat Resort is now on Twitter! Follow us so you can receive relevant and timely information while you're on or near the slopes. This Twitter feed will include the latest snow, temperature, wind, base, lift and trail-related info right on your mobile phone.

You need to do three things to receive the daily tweets from steamboatinfo on your mobile phone.

1. Have a twitter account and… Continue

Added by James on December 19, 2008 at 4:30am — No Comments

No Weatherman Left Behind

In a recent weather thread my.steamboat.com member jg atl reminisced about a weather expert from our old forums. Mesa replied to jg's post with his name, and DamonWX is now one of our newest members; member 304 to be exact.

Welcome DamonWX and props… Continue

Added by James on December 13, 2008 at 12:30am — No Comments

What A Difference Six Hours Can Make

The "dawn patrol" squad this morning was Todd, Lou and myself. We left the base area a few minutes after 7am. Took this pic right around 7 when I arrived at the base. Was pretty dark, the snowcats were grooming headwall, and in the background you can see the multi-story lights of Bear Claw.

Climbing to Christy Peak from the Gondy base took about 45 mins today...a brisk but not race pace. Here's Lou and Todd huffing it up near the top… Continue

Added by James on December 12, 2008 at 9:24pm — No Comments

Chained to my desk

Am chained to my desk, but luckily someone got out. Here's a film clip of the mountain this Saturday from Steamboat's own Shayboarder.

Steamboat 12/6/08 from Shayboarder on… Continue

Added by James on December 9, 2008 at 3:06pm — 4 Comments

Thunderhead around 11 am

Didn't slide on snow today, but did take a Gondy ride to the top of Thunderhead to check in on the high-altitude-straight-talk-reporter-station (HASTRS), otherwise known as "that Dell computer in Patrol HQ".

After the warm temps yesterday and last nights cool temps I thought a thaw/freeze cycle would leave the snow a bit crusty, but the conditions today seemed similar to yesterday....warm air and soft snow. This was confirmed by Garett's… Continue

Added by James on December 7, 2008 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Saturday means Storm

Storm Peak opened today, so I tagged along with Kent and Julie to see how the top of our mountain was skiing. With a late 12:30pm start we weren't likely to find much untracked pow, especially since I'm avoiding the trees till we get a bit more snow; but the conditions on runs like Buddy's, Cyclone, Side Burn on the upper mountain were *STELLAR*. Plenty of loose powder on a completely carve-able packed powder base. Kent noted that it was so warm when we got out of the Gondola at Thunderhead… Continue

Added by James on December 6, 2008 at 10:36pm — 1 Comment

Photo of the day archive 07/08

I thought last year's photos of the day were lost to the sands of time because our old POTD hosting service (RSN) only kept one week's worth of archives, but now, low and behold, one of our community members seems to have captured many (if not all, I haven't checked yet) of last year's POTDs.

Our goal this year is to put a better photo gallery widget up on steamboat.com, that includes all of this years… Continue

Added by James on December 4, 2008 at 12:24pm — 3 Comments

Dawn Patrol

Left the base area under the cover of darkness (a bit after 6:30am) and snow-shoed up to the top of Christy peak with "the dawn patrol" otherwise known as some guys who wanted to get in a climb and run before the lifts started running today. We're not to be confused with Steamboat Ski Patrol :)

Not much wind, a little snow falling now and again, but otherwise a comfortable hike. We weren't the first people up today, and one intrepid skier beat us to the top, and then skinned back up… Continue

Added by James on December 3, 2008 at 8:00am — 2 Comments


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