Everyone is calling me the lucky charm today, as if my presence here brought 24 inches Champagne Powder with it in the past 24 hours. I can't take the credit, but I'll certainly ski it with gratitude and awe. As a guest of the mountain today and a former Straight Talker, I'm thrilled to share my thoughts on the day and admit that I am one of the cursed destined to come back to Steamboat again and again.
It's a truly amazing day today with 16 inches overnight at mid-mountain. I had a hard time believing the snow report this morning...how possibly did mid-mountain get more than the summit? Well it's quite true. It's deeper and significantly warmer below the top of the Four Points lift, but the top is skiing great as well. But be sure to stay covered and insulate yourself from the very low temps up high.
My first early morning runs made me feel like I never left. The fresh Rocky Mountain air and the terrain are so familiar to me that my moves are almost automatic and I headed straight to Sundown Express with the early crowd. I can tell that everyone has been doing the snow dance and the gods finally delivered. There were plenty hoots and hollers to be heard on the way down to the lift.
Alone, despite the onslaught of texts and calls (hey sorry, it's a powder day right?), I skied the trees between Kuus' Cruise and Three O' Clock. It's an amazing feeling to float and bounce off the pillows that cover the undulating terrain especially after having spent the bulk of the winter in the Pacific Northwest. I was hyper-focused on the water content (or lack thereof) in the newly fallen snow. Floating through, I made several laps on Sundown, but my favorite was most certainly 2:30 trees, a go-to for me located between Two and Three O' Clock.
The aspen skiing in Steamboat is second to none so I stuck to them for most of the morning. I did verture up Morningside lift to Christmas Tree Gulley to give you a full report, and while the 9 or so inches of new make for good skiing, it is still a little bony underneath. Take it easy up high on the rocky steeps as we still need it too fill in a bit. A great run on Flying Z brought my back to the deeper snow and warmer temps.
Before heading down to write, I couldn't resist a run through Closets and Shadows skier's left of Storm Peak Face. It's the definitely the gem of Steamboat. These open glades of Aspen trees are the favorite of locals and visitors alike, and a special place for me and my husband--our engagement site 9 years ago.
People talk about the Yampa Valley Curse, a nagging lure that keeps you returning to this small pocket in Northwest Colorado. But for me it's magnetic--a gravitational pull that draws me back to the people and the powder that make Steamboat such a special place to ski. I'm so happy to be here and thanks for welcome home gift!
Alpiner and Guest who's telling it straight