Ok, I lied – one more blog before heading towards home tomorrow.

Another fantastic day: barely a cloud in the sky and lots of fast groomers to play on.

We wanted to make the most of a few lower mountain favourites first thing. We started off with a good, solid, flying warm-up run along the length of Vagabond: a really beautiful run, but, to be appreciated fully, it must be done early (before anybody else shows up). Then back up for Heavenly Daze, which was indeed amazingly “heavenly”! Then, our mistake, we did a groomed Lower Valley View. Oh it was a great run (if a little crunchy at that time in the morning), but we were greeted by quite a queue at Christie Peak Express when we got to the base area. It is the MLK holiday weekend and the visitors were out in force. The queue shocked us a bit: the past two weeks we have barely queued at all, let alone come across a “proper” queue. I know, we are completely spoilt…

We assumed that the hordes were headed for Sunshine (a perfect morning to be over there), so we headed in the opposite direction. There was quite a queue at Storm Peak Express, but we were straight onto the lift at Four Points.

We passed over Tornado, on Four Points Lift, and it was FAR too good to pass up the opportunity to ski it. It was incredibly smooth: I am positive that the groomer got out a laundry iron and ironed it by hand! Back up Four Points and down a groomed Cyclone to Bar UE, up to Buddy’s down to Calf Roper and across to Rainbow: we were really flying. I may need new knees when I get home, but I can’t let them slow me down now! A little tired, we took Park Lane to Vagabond and then Thunderhead Lift.

By this point our legs were very tired and screamed out for a break and lunch. We decided to finish the last full day of out trip in style and headed towards Hazies. To our delight we bumped into Trudy and her family again (who were also eating in Hazies). It was nice to have the opportunity to catch-up with their day and news. For lunch we had the French Onion Soup and then split a Kobe Burger between the two of us. All of the food was enjoyable and the view was completely amazing – I wish that I could have that view every lunch time! I can’t believe that this was only our second lunch trip to Hazies this time in Steamboat: we love the place and lunches here are a much more relaxed and laid back affair.

After lunch we headed over to Sunshine. We enjoyed some great cruisers - Quickdraw and Flintlock – before taking South Peak to Rolex. We love Rolex, but – for one reason or another – haven’t been able to do it yet this trip. It had been groomed this morning and was still in great shape. It wasn’t completely smooth, but the wide bumps were very shallow and very carvable: an exhilarating trail. Back up Sundown, we cut across to do a little “Side Burn” before crossing onto Storm Peak South proper. Rather tired by this point, we took a still smooth Rainbow down towards Vagabond and then Eagles Nest and back to Bear Claw condos. We finished quite early today (3pm), but the mountain was quite busy and we wanted to save some legs for an early start tomorrow.

Back at Bear Claw, we checked and settled the bill early (one less thing to worry about tomorrow) and checked to see if we could checkout a little later than normal. Then back to the condo to do most of the packing – so sad!

Into town and to Cantina for dinner. This was our first time here. The food was quite “Americanised” Mexican, but very good value and very enjoyable. Complimentary chips and salsa to start. We ordered a half portion of Guacamole to go with the chips. Then for the main course I had Sizzling Fajitas with Grouper Fillet and the husband had Sizzling Fajitas with Chicken. They were delivered with lots of “sizzling” and came with various traditional accompaniments. A couple of rather excellent Margaritas and a portion of Mexican Deep Fried Ice Cream completed the meal.

Now to wind down and enjoy our last evening before a very manic day tomorrow. I need to be prepared to prise the skis out of my husband’s hands when we come to pack up tomorrow – there will be tears…!

Husband on the hardly tracked road leading to Lower Valley View (Heavenly Daze and Upper Valley View in the background)

Husband making tracks towards Lower Valler View

The view of the Base Area from the queue for Christie Peak Express on MLK Saturday (Bear Claw condos, Vogue, Voodoo, See Me, See Ya and Lower Valley View in the Background)

Hazies - beautiful view for lunch

Breath-taking view from Sunshine this afternoon

View across to Storm Peak from Vagabond under the lengthening shadows of the afternoon

Bar area at Cantina

Cantina - Sizzling Fajitas and fantastic Margarita

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Comment by skisteamboat on January 18, 2009 at 7:08am
Enjoyed the BLog and Pics. Sorry I did not get to meet you. We will be in London in Oct so if you are there then, maybe we could have a pint or G&T together.

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