In case you had any doubt, spring is in full swing in the Yampa Valley. With the blustery storms of winter in our rear view mirror it’s time to make the most out of the last week on the mountain and embrace all things spring. From sunny groomers to slushy bumps, it’s one of my favorite times of the year.

 

The valley may be turning green but there’s still plenty of snow up top. I was pretty surprised this morning at the quality of the groomers below Sundown Lift. You can see some pretty big ruts and rough spots in the snow from the gondola, so I didn’t know what to expect out there. Fortunately, runs like High Noon and even Storm Peak Face were in great shape. The grooming tracks were nice and soft and even in the chillier temps of the morning you could carve pretty well all the way down.

 

It was too early in the day to venture into the trees, but the coverage in Closet and Shadows looked pretty good from the lift. Some of the more open shots through the trees in those areas might be a good time this afternoon. I spent most of the morning lapping Sundown but my only run down Storm Peak Face was a blast. Almost no one had been over there so the corduroy was fresh and the view of the valley was spectacular.

 

 

With temps in the mid 40s at the top of the mountain, this afternoon should be classic Colorado spring skiing. It will be the perfect day for taking it easy and enjoying the snow while you can. Once it warms up, my pick for the afternoon is bump runs down Hurricane and pit stops at 4 points for a tasty beverage on the patio.

 

 

For me, these types of days are really about soaking in the beauty of the mountains and reflecting on the winter. Even though I missed a lot of the second half of the winter with a broken ankle, it’s hard not to look back with a smile. From all the early powder days to the beauty of fresh snow falling in the valley, there was plenty for me to enjoy. Hopefully you all had another great winter in the Boat!

See you next year.

Dan Tullos, snowboarder

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