This morning's tasty treat came in the form of first tracks down the Sundown side of the mountain. "2:30 Trees" to be exact. The light of the day was just starting to peak through so the light was still a bit flat. But the skiing was tremendous. The snow was soft and fast. The flakes had a slight crystalization to them but still super fluffy. The crystals made for a stellar glide through the trees before popping out onto Daybreak for some buttery carved turns back to the lift.
I decided at this point to go check out Pony Express. I hadn't skied that side of the mountain much over the last couple of weeks so I was interested in a new treat. And a delicious buffet for the senses is what I found. Skiing down Fool's Gold into Royal Flush I found some powdery bumps that seemingly hadn't been touched in days. Up and over each mogul was the equivalent of skiing atop a tasty waffle sprinkled lovingly with extra confectioner's sugar! As if Julia Childs herself served up today's conditions for those fortunate enough to be in Steamboat this week. A lightness in the air broke to gleaming rays of sun and I felt that it might stick around. But no sooner did we hit Middle Rib on a subsequent run did the sun concede to the clouds who are dumping more of the fresh as we speak.
I saw a lot of smiles on faces this morning. Everyone hitting the slopes was basking in the light and fluffy powder snow that fell over the last 24 hours with more on the way. I would say that any snow they are missing in Vancouver for the Games has gloriously found its way to Steamboat Springs. Snow conditions are as good as they've been all season so get out there and drink it in!
Until next time,
David Wittlinger, Skier