Welcome to winter! Two inches of fresh powder fell in the past day, which means that our two-day storm total is nearly a foot.
I'll give it to you straight: it's cold out there. A blast of winter air drifted into town on the tails of the passing storm, but if you have a chance to ski or ride the mountain over the next several days, I recommend you bundle up and get out there! Here's why: the cold air is good for two reasons: (1) it preserves the lightness of the powder that fell yesterday and (2) no one is skiing today. I am not exaggerating when I say that I could count on my fingers the number of people I saw on the mountain between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. I highly recommend a good pair of mittens and a face mask if you are skiing on days when the temperatures hover at or below zero degrees Fahrenheit.
The Colorado sunshine and cobalt blue sky helped on my hunt for leftover powder stashes today. As you can see from these pictures, light, fluffy Champagne Powder® can be found all over the mountain. On my run down Vagabond, I veered right into the gladed area next to Surprise. Powder, powder everywhere. Floating through the pillows of pow instantly brought a smile to my facemask-covered face.
The next stop on my quest for powder was Shadows. Sunbeams poking through the trees were like lights ushering me down the white carpet. The quantity and quality of powder in the trees was impressive and made me want more. In the trees my thoughts moved completely away from the temperature and onto the fact that I should have selected my fattest powder ski today.
The highlight of my morning was Twilight. Boot-deep powder turns in the iconic Steamboat aspens warmed my core. The quietness of the run brought me back to why I ski. Inner bliss followed.