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It is safe to say that winter is not going to give up without a fight.  Spring is putting up its dukes but today will be proof that all seasons are still present and accounted for on this mountain.  I skied top to bottom today and saw a lot of different conditions.  The sky is no indicator either.  I saw shadows from the sun but then the wind would pick up and shoo her away showing signs of a storm headed our way and they are saying it is going to be a big one.  Shell?  Insulation?  Short sleeve shirt?  Hat?  Sunblock?  I couldn't tell you, so you had better bring it all.  Ah the springtime in Steamboat.  

I went all the way to the top of Sundown today and was super excited to see that it is still winter up top.  While runs down low are also skiing terrific, it is a totally different ball game up high.  The snow was amazingly soft and the consistency was that of a milk shake.....sooooo good and creamy.  I zipped down High Noon to One O'Clock back to Lower High Noon.  As you descend the texture gets a little more firm, but it was still easy to carve a turn on the groomed surfaces. 

 

Lower mountain was also a sugary treat, but more like a snow cone.  Firm enough to hold its shape but soft enough to sink your teeth into.  Runs such as Vogue, See Ya and the Bashor race hill were all skiing great this morning.  Don't underestimate the fun you can have skiing laps off of the Christie Peak Express and the Bashor lift. The temperature all over the hill was quite pleasant.  There are certainly gusts of wind but it is a warm wind, very nice actually. 

 

I do not recommend the ungroomed terrain until we see what Mother Nature has in store for us.  With the warm temperatures staying the same, the bumps should soften up around 11:00 today, but keep an eye on the thermostats.  If that wind brings colder temps, I would stick to the top of the hill today.   At this time the Gondola is closed to any foot traffic and could see some delays if the wind persists.  Check with the Information Center in Gondola Square or call the switchboard at 970-879-6111 to check for the current wind updates and lift closures. 

 

Seven days left in the season so don't miss a one, you can count on an exciting week of skiing and riding here for the last hurrah.  The forecast is saying more winter but I wouldn't be surprised to see spring sneak in another day for some fun in the sun.  One thing is for sure, it has been a FANTASTIC season.  Enjoy your day out there.

Valerie Maddock

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