Rooting for Snow
Well, the storm is taking a little longer to get here, but it’s looking like there will be fresh powder for Wednesday morning turns. Wednesdays have been good to us all season, so we may just have to trust in the power of our weather patterns. For now, the groomers are still super soft, fast and fun and it’s definitely worth getting out today. The wind is blowing, so even though it’s a balmy 37 at the base, you’ll want your gator for the chilly air up top.
Don’t be fooled by the grey skies. The snow on the groomers is in great shape. I didn’t venture into the trees where the snow is firmer and more set up. It’s a peaceful morning on Mt. Werner, perfect to get some fresh air and keep your leg muscles ready for powder tomorrow. Let’s hope the forecast is right this time, because if so it’s looking good!
This morning was a little sampler with only one trip up each lift. On the Sundown Express side, I took my first run down High Noon to One ‘O Clock as it’s a little protected pocket from the wind. It was smooth sailing to Elkhead. From the top of Elkhead, you can catch corduroy all the way down Lower Rainbow to Four Points. There wasn’t a lift line in sight, so wherever you go this morning you should be able to log a lot of vertical in just a little time.
Tornado is a long, smooth slice of groomed snow, and Longhorn off Pony Express was as carvy as I remembered from yesterday morning. As the light gets flatter, you can hug the forest line for some visual perspective.
The cat track just below Thunderhead Express was closed as of 9:15 because three of our resident moose were spotted in the center of the run. It may be closed for some time as the Department of Fish and Wildlife may need to relocate one cow who has become aggressive toward skiers. Choose alternate routes and keep your distance if you do happen upon one of our cute but feisty moose.
On my last trip down See Me, the last few turns rolling into Gondola Square were already feeling slushy. Look for changing conditions and possibly some snow throughout the day. If the winds pick up as the forecast is predicting, lower mountain groomers will be your best bet.
If you are looking for something fun to do tonight, come see the torchlight parade at the base area at 7:00. Steamboat has a way with pyrotechnics, and it’s always a fun event for the whole family.
Have fun on the slopes!
Jessica Berg, Alpine skier
Jessica Berg is a freelance writer and Suzuki Violin teacher. She first moved to Steamboat after college in the mid ’90s and, after a long hiatus, is happy to call Steamboat home again. She runs a private violin studio out of her Steamboat home and teaches violin with Boulder Suzuki Strings. She holds a degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University and loves blogging about mountain life.