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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.




Meghan Lutterman

Alpine Skier


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Comment by Meghan Lutterman on December 6, 2013 at 8:24am

Thanks! Steamboat is so photogenic.

Comment by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 5, 2013 at 11:02pm

Great photos today!

Comment by Meghan Lutterman on December 5, 2013 at 1:49pm

Hi Jan,

This year's snow is shaping up very nicely - very much like last year and many other years past.  I am also a big fan of the newly gladed areas off Lower Mountain.  The section between Vagabond and Surprise is skiing great right now.  If you like that section, try the trees off of One O'Clock and Two O'Clock on a powder day.  There are also great powder stashes off Why Not that stay deep for days after a storm.

It sounds like you are a lucky snow charm and we can't wait to have you back in January.  Bring your powder skis :) 


Comment by CrystalWA on December 5, 2013 at 1:25pm


I skied Steamboat for the past 29 years at least a week at a time, and I've been lucky to be there for  epic snow dumps.  This looks like some of last years deep stuff.  My husband was showing me your Straight Talk pic's, and  I've been right where you were just off  Vagabond.  The new glade skiing there is so great.  I'll be there on the 23rd of January, and I'm putting in my order for snow on the following two weeks.  


Comment by Meghan Lutterman on December 5, 2013 at 11:07am
P.S. - the new Pioneer Ridge hike-to terrain is scheduled to open today! I didn't make it over there today, but would recommend it for our powder hounds.

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