This is one of those years where it is nearly impossible to decide which day to take off from skiing/riding and actually get some things done. For most Steamboaters this is the case. Laundry piles up, the house is a mess, dishes don't get washed and yet the happiness factor is high. The mountain is as good as it gets. Every day up I am amazed yet again as Mother Nature washes over us and blesses this Valley with tons of that white fluff that makes everyone smile and fall further behind. Pillows and pillows of powder grace the trails up there and I suggest you go out and get some, I would say before it's all gone but it is still coming and it is only January.
If you are prone to groomers today you are in luck. I found that the groomers hit a myraid of terrain last night and that there is a good run for all. There was quite a bit of new on top of a beautifully smooth corduroy surface, makes a great sound as your skis pelt through the top and carve right into the base, simply can't make a bad turn. Whipped topping on top of a layer of buttercream....yummm. Cyclone and Tornado were rolled last evening and Tornado was the run of the day, super floaty and light, ego turns for everyone.
As I moved towards lower mountain, I did find smaller quantities of new snow for all of you who are still perfecting your powder turns. There was just enough on top of Swinger to allow any level of skier to enjoy the new snow and I am sure most of the runs off of the Christie Peak Express will show you more of the same. There is not much of an inversion today as the wind is starting to pick up at the top, it is chilly up there. Visibility is predictible but not too bad, overall if the wind and fog are concerning, stick to the mid mountain area, there is tons of great terrain off of the Burgess Creek and Four Points chairs and with the Four Points Lodge up there, consider it your own oasis when you need a break from the cold.
I saw many Ski and Snowboard instructors out there passing along their vast knowledge to all those wishing to learn the ropes for a successful day of powder skiing, they really know their stuff if you are having a hard time. Once you get the hang of it, there is no stopping you. Have a great week out there, so much fun to be had.
Telemark powder skier telling it to you straight.