Steamboat is sharing a little early Valentine's love with us this morning- there is no doubt about that.
Best day of the Year? Some are saying that. Either way, people are having a very good time this morning.
Lift crews had their hands full readying affairs for the eager, but remarkably well-behaved power-hounds. Here's the Burgess Creek crew doing a great job moving the not insignificant new snowfall in advance of opening. It's been snowing on and off (mostly "on") for the past three days and the mountain has returned to a super-soft, can't-go-wrong, yup-that's-another-faceshot-hoo-hoo condition. And the snow continues.
While my experience doesn't really matter (I am only here to serve all of you, my people) for the benefit of communicating how the skiing and riding is, I'll share a few details of my morning. I headed first down a groomed Vagabond which had about 4 inches of new fluff covering the corduroy underneath. Could it get any more fun? Why yes, when we took a right turn into Surprise. First face-shots of the day. Of many.
A BC Lift ride took us to Whiteout (below) where the bumps were slowed down just a wee bit by all the new snow. Awesome.
After looking down from our Four Points Ride we couldn't help but hit Upper Nelson's into Twister. The wind had blown across the top section a little bit overnight but this made for a ridiculous, spongy platform that sent you from one turn to the next with a sort of little kid's glee. I even popped some air off the first cat track. Old-man air with a soft landing.
Then it was a classic Shadows (are you kidding me?) followed by a Twilight to 2:30 (hoot-central). We then took advantage of one of the longest tree lines on the mountain in Wally World, where we finished up behind a Ski Patroller who was busy ensuring everything was safe for all of us. I really honor the work these folks do for us day-in and day-out.
It's a tremendous skiing day on this tremendous mountain and I am not alone in being very grateful.
One tip on a day like today: if you want to get into some powder-specific skis, take advantage of the Yurt at the top of Thunderhead. They will dial you in and you can even switch skis during the day to try out different models.