Good morning from a beautiful bluebird day in Steamboat! It’s a mellow morning on the mountain with comfortable temperatures, no wind and very few people out early carving up the corduroy. Once again, the skiing today exceeded my expectations, and I was very glad I made it out early for some turns. Although the calendar reads February, the air resembles spring, but the snow still says winter.
Riding up Storm Peak was very peaceful this morning with the mild weather and great views in every direction being lit up by the morning sun. I took a moment to really admire the landscape of the Yampa Valley and think about how lucky we are to play in this wonderful place.
I was very surprised by the snow quality on all of the groomers Storm Peak had to offer today: Buddy’s, Cyclone, Storm Face and Lower Rainbow were all skiing great with predictable turns on nice, carvable conditions and seemingly much softer than previous days this week. With so few people on every run, wide and fast turns were the way to go on the corduroy today. Where is everyone on such an amazing morning?
Pony Express had a number of groomers to choose from today and was a perfect way to finish up the morning. The snow was smooth, though not quite as good as the runs from Storm Peak. The rarely groomed Royal Flush was a great option today as very few other skiers had been down it possibly because it wasn’t noted on today’s grooming report. It can be a wild run when it is groomed and worth doing a lap on. There was still plenty of corduroy left at 10am, so get out there and make your mark on those runs!
Pick of the mountain today is Buddy’s Run: Great snow quality on an empty run under perfectly blue Colorado sky made for some exceptional turns this morning.
The weather promises a great couple of days in front of us, so grab your gear and join us for some fun!
Kevin Olsen, Alpine skier