The storm delivered and continues to deliver! It’s another great day on the mountain today. With 7.5 inches of new snow overnight and more falling now, the snow gods are gifting Steamboat in a wonderful way! After our spring tease, it’s evident that winter isn’t going away anytime soon. Talking to people on the gondola and chairlifts, there’s been a shift in attitude around town, and locals are making the most of what Mother Nature is providing us. If the snow continues, we might as well shred it!
I can’t seem to get out of my normal powder-day routine. As the saying goes, “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” This is the motto I’ve been using all season long, and it’s still not broken. I loaded the gondola with a smaller-than-usual First Tracks crowd today. Instead of my usual first run down Twilight, I decided to see how many people make the early morning trek over to West Side and Rolex.
To my pleasant surprise, I was the first person down Rolex! I was greeted with incredibly creamy turns from top to bottom. The crust underfoot was barely evident, and the float and bounce from turn to turn made any hardness underfoot easily forgettable. Next, I went back to my staple area of Twilight, and there were still first tracks galore. My favorite powder yells greeted me, as I floated effortlessly through the beautiful Aspen trees.
Making my way back down to Elkhead lift, I was pleasantly surprised with how great the groomers were. Pure velvet underfoot. For the second time this year, I took a chance on White Out and skied some fantastic powder bumps yet again.
One run off Four Points lift gifted me with another first as the only tracks down Vortex. What an incredible way to be spending one of the last days in March! With our base topping 100 inches, we have a great couple of final weeks of the chairs turning. There’s sure to be more snow after the resort closes, and I have a strong feeling I will be one of many earning my turns late into April.
As I headed to lower mountain, the line at Storm Peak was quickly building. Now that the tourism season is winding down, it’s the locals turn to get our piece of the pie. Get out and enjoy your backyard, Steamboat!
Ski and ride strong and stay focused. Now is the WRONG time for an injury!
Brett Buckles, Alpine skier