What a wonderful season we've had here in the Yampa Valley. It was definitely one I will remember for a long time. From the mid-winter powder dumps to the fun few weeks of springs corn, I personally enjoyed every run. As always, our season ends too quickly and usually with a healthy base of snow. This past week's storm has left the mountain in wonderful condition. It looks and feels like the middle of winter. The slopes are in great shape and there is still plenty of snow. Hat's off to the mountain crew for doing a wonderful job these past few months. They did a fabulous job keeping the slopes in tip-top shape every night and left us with a fresh canvas to ski on every morning. Thanks Steamboat and Happy Birthday Billy Kidd!
Its a tale of two mountains this morning. The upper portion refuses to give up winter, while down below is demanding spring. Runs like Two O'Clock, One O'Clock and even Three O'Clock are all groomed to perfection and I had a blast ripping first tracks down each. Soft corduroy was present on each run and I was amazed with the conditions.
Heading over to the Storm Peak side, I found even better conditions on Storm Peak Face to Cyclone! The snow was perfect and the corduroy was amazing. I've had some of the best runs of the year on Cyclone and today was no exception. My ski left huge trenches as I curved short swing turns from to top bottom. What a great way to end my season I thought to myself.
Rounding out my morning with a fun run down the Daze, I felt the snow under my skis change. The spring snow was trying to soften with the early morning sun, but conditions were still on the firm side. With temperatures expected into the 50's we should see the return of spring conditions by this afternoon. My suggestion is to get out early and hit the upper mountain for some winter turns, then head down to the base for the spring activities.
Thanks for a wonderful year, it's been a faboulous 50th Anniversary season and I'm already looking forward to 51!