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After an extremely windy day yesterday (we only skied for 1.5 hours in the afternoon), the mountain was in surprisingly good shape today: hard packed in areas, but still very skiable. We even enjoyed a couple of fast runs down Heavenly Daze. The sun was shining and the temperature was very pleasant (warm, but not too warm in full skiwear). The temperatures are not, however, warm enough to affect the snow (it isn’t wet or slushy).

View from the top of Rolex/Westside

 

View down Rolex - beautifully groomed today, but the lower slope needs a little "vegetation avoidance"

 

The base area glowing in the late afternoon snow

 

We have had a couple of really good dinners since I last posted. A great dinner at Bistro CV last night and a really enjoyable family dinner at Cantina tonight: both very good, in different ways.

Bistro CV provides very well balanced and flavourful dishes from very fresh and well sourced quality ingredients. In addition, the presentation is also excellent. Over the past few years, Bistro CV has definitely grown on us. Their entree portions used to seem a little small (even from a British point-of-view), but this seems to have changed and the entree portion sizes are now much better. Husband and I shared half a dozen oysters, then he had the steak tartare followed by the Wagyu hanger steak and I had the selection of fish tartare followed by the roast chicken. Husband had the chocolate cheesecake and I had the apple crisp for dessert. My only disappointment was that they don’t serve Champagne by the glass: Prosecco is just not the same.  If you haven’t tried it before – and are looking for fine dining – then Bistro CV is definitely worth a look.

Bistro CV's fresh, modern interior

 

Oysters

 

Steak Tartare

 

Wagyu Hanger Steak (Medium Rare)

Tonight we took Jnr to Cantina (we have been there before, but before he was born) and had a good value and enjoyable meal. We had chips and guacamole to begin. Husband had the beef tacos and I had the sizzling chicken fajitas. Jnr ate bits from both of our meals and then finished with the cinnamon ice cream. The food is fresh and good quality. The restaurant is bright and colourful, and had a good atmosphere (especially near the bar area) and the service was excellent when we were there (early). The margaritas are pretty good too! They also have a happy hour.

Not sure that I will have a chance to blog before returning home on Tuesday, but I will definitely finish my blog after reaching home.

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Comment by Boo Boo on February 7, 2012 at 8:43am
Thank you NewEnglandSkier. The skiing has been great hasn't it? Sadly we fly back to the UK today.

Oyibos, the skis in the photo are the husband demoing the 8.9. I also demoed the 7.9. They are an interesting ski: very stable, feel pretty wide around the tip, good in a variety of conditions (didn't get to test them in powder though), but slower than our existing skis and not as "edgy". They make very light work of skiing: husbabd says that they suit a "lazy skier". Best to take some out for a run and try them ;-)
Comment by Oyibos on February 7, 2012 at 7:12am

I see you have a pair of the new Salomon BBRs - 7.9 or 8.9? How did you rate them in the current conditions?

Comment by NewEnglandSkier on February 6, 2012 at 8:49pm

I always enjoy your blogs. I was at Steamboat last week as well and wish I was still there! While I didn't get any fresh snow during my dates, the skiing was still great as always. Already looking forward to next year--hope you have a great remainder of your trip!

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