Today I didn’t ski many runs with official names, I don’t see why you would. Everything between everything else is still packed with fresh snow, and the tree turns are marvelous. From Spur Run/Huffmann’s to One Thirty to Stashor, powder turns are abundant! The sun is out, the day will become warm, and all types of terrain is stellar!
My day began with a nice gondi ride with a family from South Dakota. They were so happy to be here during the big snow, and they had such a friendly northern welcome. They were in the second or third gondola car of the morning and their son was eager to get to Morningside as quickly as possible. While I later stood looking across from Sunshine Peak, I thought that boy had the right idea.
I skied a pitch of fluffy trees between Huffman’s and Spur Run and then hit One O’Clock after my ride up. Snow at the top of One O’Clock was deep, fresh and all mine, but it deteriorated a bit as my elevation dropped. I traversed to the trees, chasing the freshies.
Trees: good. Push piles: good. Groom: good. Bumps: good. Powder on groom: good. No complaints at all.
I took Elkhead back up and hit the top of Norther, a bit of Vagabond, the top of Surprise and Lower Concentration and then headed toward Bashor Lift to check out a pitch I’d been ogling all winter from Burgess Creek Road. From a hill facing the mountain, I could see a place where tree management had created a new run in a pretty well-hidden place. Too well hidden I guess, as all of my earlier attempts to get to it had left me on another lower pitch. So I got on BC Road yesterday and took real notes, I found it quite easily today. Very subtle with a great fall line and backcountry-like conditions, I dub it Stashor, the powder stash at Bashor Bowl.
It’s a glittery day out there, so think about sun protection. And while you’re on the mountain, check out the NASTAR Championships at our lower mountain race facility. NASTAR offers race training and competition opportunities to recreational racers across the country, and they have long been a partner of Steamboat and the U. S. Ski Team. For $5 cash, you can try out Steamboat’s public NASTAR course at Bashor Bowl. Race your friends or race the clock!
Don’t forget to check out the free apres ski concert at 3:30 with Jakubi!
Willow Fitzgerald, Telemark skier
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