Steamboat

Your vacation planning community

We are celebrating in Steamboat! Not only did it snow another 2 inches in the past 24 hours, but the 100th Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival is also full swing.  To celebrate, I decided to take it back to the days before sophisticated snowmaking and grooming equipment manicured the slopes to perfection.  In our time of high tech fabrics and helmet cams, its refreshing to take your turns back to the simpler days where skiers schussed down runs on wooden skis with metal and leather bindings.  To recreate this experience, head over to the Pony Express Lift (bonus: you don't have to give up the high speed lift for this experience).  The Pony area is mostly ungroomed, natural terrain goodness that makes me think of the roots of skiing. 

 

Fools Gold to the Pony Express Liftline held soft, fresh snow on my first run.  I warmed up by carving easy turns around the small moguls that formed on the ungroomed slope.  The fresh snow was very forgiving and made for "hero turns" in the bumps.  Another run down Royal Flush held vast expanses of more fresh, untracked powder.  Speeding up my turns on this run, I pushed my skis aggressively around the natural terrain and poked in and out of the aspen trees on skier's right. Skiing Middle Rib next reminded me of how the new advances in equipment and grooming have made skiing more accessible and fun.  While I'm skiing over large natural terrain features, I think about skiers hucking off these rocks in leather telemark boots and wooden skis (reminding myself that this was after they hiked to the top of the hill).  This weekend we celebrate the pioneers of the golden age of skiing that blazed the way for the adrenaline-filled sport that it has become today!  

 

Sleep in on a powder day? Head to the Pony for stashes of untracked powder late in the day after a storm.  Most skiers miss Pony because it is below the bottom of the Storm Peak Express Lift.  Don't make this mistake next time it snows.  Bypass the urge to head to the top of Storm Peak and head down to the Pony.  You will be rewarded with Steamboat's natural terrain virtually all to yourself! 

 Meghan Lutterman

Alpine Schusser

 

Straight Talk Archives

Views: 301

Comment

You need to be a member of Steamboat to add comments!

Join Steamboat

Steamboat Reservations

Call: (877) 783-2628 or book online

Steamboat.com, the Official Site for Steamboat Ski Resort.

For mobile phone updates including snow, lifts & trails, follow us on:

Latest Activity

Tom Srsich is now a member of Steamboat
26 minutes ago
Caroline Lalive posted a blog post

Training Blocks not Blues

Every fall , it's the same story. We all have the sudden stress of "getting in shape for ski…See More
yesterday
Profile IconEd Pawlowicz and Valerie Cole joined Steamboat
Saturday
Profile IconGarnett Giesler and stephen askew joined Steamboat
Friday
JennyO commented on Marlene's group Steamboat AUS
"Hi Jon! So sorry for the delay in my reply.  I've been traveling the world singing the…"
Wednesday
Robert Reid Prentice is now a member of Steamboat
Sep 17
Profile IconNathaniel John Anderson, MaryAnn Twarog, Karen Monsen and 3 more joined Steamboat
Sep 16
ChicagoSkier replied to Brendon Robertson's discussion Buying skis in steamboat
"I recommend One Stop Ski Shop, in Downtown Steamboat (very near the mountain)"
Sep 15

© 2014   Created by Steamboat.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service