Happy bluebird Monday! We’ll be seeing lots of sunny skies and spring conditions for our final week of the season. Yesterday’s snow and chilly temperatures made for soft, carveable groomers in the early morning. It’s beautiful and will warm into the 30s by the afternoon.
It’s amazing how quickly the months of ski season pass by. Yet, here we are with just seven days and counting. This season felt like an equal split: abundant, wintry powder in December and January, and a whole lot of spring from February on. After a few welcome rounds of snow last week, we are looking at clear skies straight through closing day.
This morning, I found the softest, sink-your-edge in corduroy on Sunshine Peak. My favorites of the morning were fast cruising down Sunshine Lift Line to West Side and Upper High Noon to Two ‘O Clock. Storm Peak Face to Sunset were a little firmer, but still soft enough to lay an edge into, and Lower Rainbow was already skiing smooth.
Yesterday’s wild mix of weather brought us just enough snow to make for smooth riding today, and possibly some leftover powder stashes a short hike away from Morningside lift.
The runs off of Sundown Express and Storm Peak Express have great coverage today. Ski your hearts out on upper mountain. Lower mountain is largely closed, and a scenic download on our lovely gondola is recommended.
There are lots of fun events this week on Mount Werner: Sunset Happy Hour this Thursday, the ever-creative, crafty Cardboard Classic on Saturday, Easter egg hunting and live music all weekend, especially the Wailers, who will sing us through the end of closing day.
Even the Steamboat Springs Orchestra will play an encore concert this Good Friday at 7:00 at Holy Name Catholic Church after bringing us the Firebird Suite, Saint Saens and a little bit of Lincoln during this weekend’s “Phoenix Rising” concerts. The concert features Seven Last Words of Christ, by Haydn and reflections by many of the areas spiritual leaders.
This season is especially sweet for me because I’m home again. What I experience is the same feeling many of us have when when driving over Rabbit Ears Pass. That moment where you see the Yampa Valley spread out before you, and you feel you can truly exhale. No matter what season we are in, the beauty of our valley is constant.
You can travel the world, as so many Yampa Valley residents do, and you won’t be able to duplicate the unique mix that makes life here special. A combination of the people, champagne powder snow, enthusiasm for the outdoors, fabulous arts scene and community make Steamboat the amazing town that it is and always will be. I love it so!
Happy last week of skiing and riding!
Jessica Berg, Alpine skier
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