It’s another blue sky day in the ‘boat with beautiful mid-winter conditions under foot and a swoosh of cotton candy high in the atmosphere. Don’t be daunted by sub-zero temps at the bottom. An inversion is in effect and you’ll gain 20-plus degrees as you head up the mountain. The storm blew things around nicely early this week and great conditions have stuck. Along with a whole bunch of exceptional grooming that’s making for buttery corduroy, we’re continuing to enjoy the powdery leftovers in the trees.
This New Year’s treat is especially sweet because I missed the 26 inches that fell in the last eight days. Gotta love Steamboat’s nonstop winter flights. I took advantage of the decadent Hayden-Los Angeles jaunt for a little family time in LAla land (which was weirdly surrounded by snow-capped mountains for Christmas).
Long groomed laps were extra fun this morning. High Noon to Westside, then High Noon to Rolex. With a little warm-up on the mini bumps at the top of Three O’Clock, both One O’Clock and Two O’Clock were screaming fun runs. There are lots of powdery little dips into the trees on the sides of those runs too.
Truth be told, this is a big weekend. We bid adieu to 2016, the gritty year that stole our Prince and our Princess (among other things), and lots of folks are in town to welcome in a shiny new 2017. Our 128 inches of snow so far give us good reason to celebrate. With a lot of stellar grooming and a glittering prospect of more snow for the New Year, these days beg you to maximize your time on the mountain:
- A First Tracks pass gets you on the gondola fast and up top early – definitely a great investment in your ski day.
- Night skiing keeps you riding long after the sun goes down.
- Off-peak lunch breaks let you ski through the crunch time, then dine faster.
- The speedy new Elkhead Express opens up mid-upper-mountain laps like Sunnyside that many of us never used to consider — and pairing it with delicious Four Points laps like Sunset to Moonlight, you can happily avoid the crush for Sundown Express and Storm Peak Express this weekend.
- Slow down. Make some turns. Make lots of turns. It’s fun.
Enjoy every bit of our beautiful mountain…and I’ll see you next year, skiers and riders!
Jennie Lay, Telemark skier