As the saying goes... "April showers bring May flowers." Well if that's true then I think Steamboat's flowers are going to be in full bloom this year. We received a really nice coat of fresh powder on the mountain overnight and the trails are in great shape.
The snow on the top of Sunshine Peak was super-creamy and fluid under my skis. It's great to experience this kind of float under my sticks this late in the season. Soft, supple, and easy to sift through is probably the best way to describe the quality of last night's dump. There was about 3-inches or so underfoot and I could hardly feel any spring crust below my edges. For those few folks that joined me first thing this morning, count yourselves lucky. Sections of the mountain seemed almost deserted in a very peaceful, "one with the mountain" sort of way. What an incredible way to experience nature, huh?
As I began to explore more of the mountain terrain, I noticed that the best snow actually did live on the peaks today. Lower mountain trails, while still especially nice for this time of year, showed a tad less of the fluff you will experience on the upper mountain. But as blue skies break through the morning clouds there is no doubt this is shaping up to be a memorable Steamboat Springalicious™ day. My best recommendation is to simply slap a smile on your face and enjoy the fact that it's April and you're skiing. Woo-hoo!
As we head into the final week of the ski season, don't think for a minute that just because the calendar says April 7th that Rocky Mountain skiing has come to a close. Our spectacular spring sun and snow have combined to produce some of the best closing week conditions I can remember from recent history. Wax up those skis and shine up that snowboard... this is going to be FUN.
And make sure to check out some of the amazing events planned for the closing days of the mountain. This includes the Cardboard Classic, Splashdown Pond Skimming Competition, and the Bud Light Rocks the Boat free concert series with Leftover Salmon. In a word... sweet.
David Wittlinger, Alpine Skier