Happy holiday weekend! The mountain got a little fairy dusting last night, and I woke to bluebird skies. Two new inches of snow fell overnight, and Morningside Lift is open for business. I’d say the weekend is off to a great start.

Morningside freshies

With lots of snow in the forecast through the weekend, we should have a very white Christmas. There are murmurings that Sundown Express is next to open, so stay tuned for updates.

Stunning views from Rainbow Saddle

It started out chilly with temperatures in the single digits. I was happy to have worn an extra layer and gator. The mountain is looking pristine with 360 degree views, perfect skies and a layer of sparkly frost covering the trees and slopes. Take your pictures today, as we may be socked in for the rest of the weekend. Here’s hoping!

Winter is back on B.C. lift

Rudi’s Run had a smooth, soft groom for the first morning turns, and I found soft, widely spaced bumps to warm up my legs on lower Rainbow.

I was anxious to scout out the new terrain and to ride Morningside again, so I headed up Storm Peak and chose the groomer Cowboy Coffee. Check your speed on the way to the lift as there are some obstacles.

A quiet ride up Morningside, and I had my first top of the mountain viewing of the season. The runs on the ridge to the left of the lift are open, though the Chutes remain closed. It was fun to make turns through the sugary powder at the top. About mid way down, I cut to Buddy’s Run, which was smooth riding.

While our fingers and toes may not always love the cold, it’s keeping the snow in fantastic shape. The groomers are firm, yet perfect for carving.

The snow that fell late last night as I drove over Rabbit Ears Pass was so light that rather than full flakes, it formed specks of crystalline glitter that dotted the sky. It was truly magical and kept me awake in the wee hours. It looked like a little bit of early Christmas.

As you finish your ski day today, enjoy free donuts and hot chocolate at the base at 3 p.m. I’m loving this end-of-day treat! You can kick off your holiday weekend with Steamboat Friday Nights.¬†Tonight’s festivities start at 4:45 p.m. with a ski parade and finish with fireworks at the base at 7:30 p.m.

I hope you get out to make some turns today. Holiday crowds are in the house, so ski extra safe, give others a wide berth and welcome our visitors with a smile.

I’ll leave you with a quote I just heard by Henry James:

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”

Merry Christmas!

 

Jessica Berg, Alpine skier

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