The winds whipped up a storm on Mt. Werner, and it feels like there are more than two inches of fresh this morning. Any snow day is a happy one; today is chilly, so dress in your warm layers cover your skin and make some turns. With more snow in the forecast, the powder skiing could be increasingly good this afternoon and tomorrow.

Stormy skies at the top of Sundown

It’s blowing everywhere today, but you can find protected pockets. Visibility is much better on lower mountain, and certain runs like Lower Rainbow had creamy, carveable powder. I stuck to the groomers, as the cold temperatures created a layer of crust in the trees and off the rolled track. Stay tuned and check the lift status. Storm Peak Express is currently closed, though all other lifts are running.

Slow turns were in order at the top on the Sundown side as the slopes were windswept from High Noon to Two ‘O Clock. The powder was nice and set up on Daybreak, with smooth, bottomless turns all the way to Elkhead.

Get a little creative in your choice of runs this morning. Elkhead Lift Line had some fluffy powder and a less breezy angle. The turns were also nice on the way to Pony Express. Be sure to make some extra ones, as what you feel under foot tends to change from turn to turn.

Powder turns on Elkhead Lift Line

You never know what the mountain or our incredible town has in store. Today, we had a double moose sighting off of BC ski way. Such amazing animals! A skier clicked his poles and it sent Ms. Moose scurrying up the mountain. Good thing, as she was very close to the run and the other skiers. They do seem partial to the stretch between Pony and Thunderhead Express, so keep a lookout.

Can you see the moose in the trees?

 

Riding Pony Express

There are so many things that make Steamboat a place people want to visit, and more importantly, a place they want to call home. This weekend at a party, I got to talking with Barbara, the new and tireless Board Director for the Steamboat Symphony Orchestra. She was telling me why she chose to move to Steamboat from Texas, when she could have chosen any ski town.

For her, the fact that we are a town of roughly 11,000 people, and boast more than 150 non profits sealed the deal. In her words, everyone here contributes to make this the town they want to live in, whether they are wealthy philanthropists or parents coaching their kids’ teams. Now that’s something special.

If you want to see some of the talented Steamboat student musicians in action, they are having a concert at the Bud Werner Library at 6:00 this Sunday. Led by Ernest Richardson of Omaha Symphony fame, the concert is the culmination of a weekend of orchestra and chamber music immersion.

Happy Skiing, and let it snow!

 

Jessica Berg, Alpine skier

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