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Its been an interesting morning of mixed conditions here in Steamboat.

 

 

The snow is as variable as the weather today on the mountain and it's definitely spring in the Boat.  Last night brought quite a mix of precipitation; although it rained in town, it snowed on the mountain especially at the higher elevations.  The cloud cover this morning is solid - and to be completely honest, you can barely see a thing out there.  Being very familiar with the trails on the mountain really helped me navigate this morning - it was like flying through clouds with no depth perception to be found other than trees lining the trails that you could barely see.

 

 

The weather certainly kept the mountain very quiet this morning, offering a nice solitude on the runs.  The snow up high is considerably better, and actually skiing pretty soft.  I started things out over at Sundown Express checking out High Noon and One Oclock.  The corduroy is carvable and smooth up high, but got a little more variable below Duster.  I decided to move over to the Storm Peak side in search of more soft snow - as I came through the trees by Sideburn, a welcoming sight greeted me; some warm sun and blud bird sky poking through shining down on an empty Storm Peak Face.

 


The sun and soft snow only lasted until the top of 4 Points, but Storm Face was pretty sweet with only a few other tracks to be seen.  I kept crusing down to Sunset and enjoyed some turns into the cloudy abyss all the way to Storm Peak Express.  I kept my head in the clouds with a run down Buddy's and one on Cyclone.  The top of Buddy's was good with a nice layer of fresh snow on top of the groomer; nothing crazy, but it was definitely freshies!   No one else to be seen on the entire trail, so I enjoyed some big wide turns on the manicured corduroy.   Now with some fresh snow out there, I can't just ski groomers all day.... I made my way over to Morningside to check out the powder on my favorite run on the mountain - the No Names area.  The snow was soft and deep enough to make some tracks in; if I had time I would have gone back for seconds, it was a nice surprise up there with fresh tracks and plenty of sunshine poking through!

 

 

The sun is starting to clear things out up there, and it should be a great afternoon on the mountain.  If you are lucky to be up there right now, the scenery is beautiful with the cloud cover over the valley and blue bird skies above.  Don't be afraid to venture off the groomers especially up high; it's worth checking out to get some fresh turns.

 

 

Pick of the mountain today is No Names.

 

Have a great day on the mountain and enjoy the remaining days of another great season in Steamboat!

 

Kevin Olsen

Alpine Skier

 

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