If you like sweetly groomed trails and frosty curves in the snow, today is your day. My early morning turns were sunk into crystalized flakes of nature’s finest. Like floating over a field of liquid ball bearings, my skis couldn’t help but lead me onward toward immaculate corduroy in almost every direction.
There was a noticeable temperature difference between the base of the mountain and the top. The air felt about 10-degrees warmer up top, and the sun was already starting to work its magic. After an incredible run down High Noon (top to bottom) I could already feel the snow softening by my second and third runs.
Judging by the blue sky and warm zest in the morning air, I predict that this afternoon will be wonderful for zipping tight lines in soft, slightly slushy bumps. Runs like Norther, Nelson’s Run and White Out should be pristine for those who like the moguls and natural terrain our mountain offers.
I’d also recommend heading over to the Pioneer Ridge area accessed from Pony Express Lift. With the angle of these slopes and southwest exposure, I’m guessing that this area will be a premier spot on the mountain today. With guests arriving in town for the long holiday weekend, runs like Middle Rib, Fetcher Glade and Royal Flush might just be the secret to making some wide open, leisurely turns in a more remote section of the resort.
And once the sun takes its position on high, don’t be afraid to tackle some of that stacked up snow along the edges of our trails. With a little softening, this is sure to be some of the best snow you’ll find.
So enjoy yet another gorgeous day in Steamboat today. Remember to keep a smile on your face. Not everyone is as lucky as you for skiing Colorado’s best.
Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier