Old Man Winter is not finished with Steamboat yet and has toasted us with another powder day in Steamboat! Three inches of freshies were reported this morning and the snow keeps piling up. If you're thinking about heading up to the mountain today, stop reading this and go now. It's good out there!
I couldn't help but kick things off on my favorite run this season, Ted's Ridge. My skis slashed through an untouched field of powder that sat atop a firm spring groom. The powder was a light, February-like consistency and covered a frozen April base. The dynamic of this mixed condition made for fast, spraying powder turns, but you need to pay attention to the force applied to your edges.
The grooming crew ran their machines over Hurricane last night and made for fast, steep powder turns (see the photo below.) Hoots and giggles were heard down each run, as riders and skiers blasted through the fluffy pow. A spin up Storm Peak dropped me into a cloud at the top. Visibility was ultra-low, so I dropped into the trees on Morningside and was not disappointed. At least 5 inches of untouched powder sat in the trees next to Frying Pan. As my skis floated nicely over the powder and I had a nice surface aginst which to edge my turns.
As a side note, the "summit" snow gauge is at the top of Sunshine Peak. I find that on many powder days, the top of Mt. Werner has much more snow than the top of Sunshine Peak. This was absolutely true today. I noticed that the higher up I skied on the mountain, the deeper the snow, so I could not resist the call of North St. Pats. After a short hike in the dumping snow warmed up my legs, I dropped in and followed the rope line to the left. Near the end of the rope is my favorite powder field on the mountain. I peeked down at the field and it was untouched at 9:45 a.m. Smiles! As I skied down, at least six inches of fluff cascaded over my knees. Each turn felt deep and I used the frozen snow way below to initiate my next turn. Standing at the bottom, I took the picture below back up at my run. It was pounding snow and I can't believe that the lifts will stop turning in a matter of days.
Thanks to all of our Straight Talk readers! We have had a great time bringing you the daily conditions and would love to show you around the mountain next season. Enjoy the final days of the season - they should be excellent because it's snowing hard right now!
See you on the mountain bike trails,