How nice to see the patrol shoveling snow from the Preview lift clear up to the very top of the Gondola.

There was just enough dusting (1 inch since 5:00 AM) on top of the grooming crews' fresh corduroy to make the top of Heavenly Daze the run of the day. It was easy to carve fun, fast turns down under the gondola. My edges held, encouraging me to pick up speed and kick up some of that new snow. I've mostly been skiing afternoons lately, when this run earns some moguls down its center and at the very outer edges. If you're an afternooner, too, then those bumps can be a good spot to find your turns: they tend to collect snow pushed from elsewhere across the run. But now I see the merits of rising early and catching these runs when they're freshly groomed.

Further down the mountain, you'll see race training today on Sitz and the left side of Vogue, where the right side has already softened up into a slushy form of "poor man's powder." Temperatures are supposed to hover right around freezing. With foggy, overcast skies, you'll want your best low-visibility lenses today, but it makes for some scenic misty panoramas on your ride up as the clouds drift across the mountain. With luck, those clouds will leave what's forecast to be another inch of snow.

Hey, have you spotted Gondola cabin number 50 yet? Look for it like the golden ticket, celebrating 50 years of Steamboat Ski & Resort. I caught a glimpse up there in those white skies this morning. My prize? Another fast lap on the Daze.

Thanks for reading, now get on up here and find your own golden ticket. Cheers,

Greg I. Hamilton

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