In the event you need a reason to get out and ski, it is significantly warmer on the top of Thunderhead!

When I parked at meadows lot this morning my car showed -1 degrees out, I could tell it was cold as my coat shell was somewhat stiff after only being out of car for 1 minute.

On the way up the gondola I could hear the ice on Heavenly so I decided to follow the sun, for warmer temperatures and softer snow. I asked the temperature at the top of the gondola and it was 26 degrees, which is borderline sun bathing weather for the locals! The old weather inversion is in full effect today.

View of everyone who’s not on the mountain enjoying the -1 valley temperature

The warm sun felt amazing and a nice escape from the 0-15 degrees we’ve experienced in the valley the last couple days. Good news is the cold temperatures have kept the mountain in nice shape. Based on the forecasts I’ve seen for this weekend, we should be getting snow Saturday night with some fresh turns to be had first chair Sunday!

Enjoying the sun on Sundown lift. Nice view of “Shadows” on the left

I stayed exclusively on the groomers which were sunny, soft and fast corduroy.

Cruising cord towards the Rendezvous lodge

The views throughout the valley were crystal clear. From the top of Sundown and Sunshine lifts you have panoramic views from left to right of the Never Summer Wilderness, Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park, Gore Range, and the Flat Tops Wilderness. It was a nice reminder of how blessed we are to live in Steamboat.

View of Flat Tops Wilderness in distance from the Sundown lift

It’s a classic Colorado bluebird winter day today. Enjoy the sunshine, warmer temperatures, and fresh cordorouy on the upper half of the mountain!


Byron Carney, Alpine skier

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