Storms on the Horizon
It’s another transition Monday on Mt. Werner as we await a promising storm cycle. In the meantime, I was happy to find the groomers off Sundown Express were velvety smooth and soft enough to sink an edge into in the early morning. I wasn’t sure after my first icy run, skis a’ chattering from the Gondola to Sundown. But there’s great skiing to be found on any of the rolled slopes, especially those that didn’t face direct sun yesterday afternoon.
Our weather is a mixed bag today. Temperatures stayed warm overnight and as of 9 am, we are in the mid 20s at the summit and mid 30s at mid mountain. You can expect changing conditions throughout the day, and snow may begin to fly by the afternoon. There is a possibility for rain, but let’s hope it stays chilly enough that we’ll see flakes rather than raindrops on the slopes today!
We are in the beginning of a storm cycle that could bring 10 to 20 inches of fresh powder to the ‘Boat by Wednesday night. Stay tuned to the forecast, and we’ll see what the snow gods have in store. It will likely be thicker and heavier than our usual champagne variety because of the temperatures. The rain gods can wait to bring their goods until May, please.
I started my morning on the Sundown Express side, and some favorites of the day were Sunshine Lift Line to Westside and High Noon to Two O’Clock. It’s pretty quiet around here this morning after all of the Super Bowl festivities; Lady Gaga rockin’ and Tom Brady and the Patriots pulling another Super Bowl win out of a hat in a historic first post game rally made the late game something to see. I can see why some would have preferred to snooze a little longer this morning, though I’m glad to have spent the early hours on the slopes.
Lower Rainbow offered up super soft cord. The firmest I found was on Sunset, so you may wait a little before venturing down that or anything that was skiing like spring slush yesterday afternoon. Longhorn was one long stretch of corduroy deliciousness, with the slope to all to myself.
There were moose sightings on Pony Express runs in the early morning, so be aware when skiing runs off of Pony and Thunderhead Express. They tend to meander around that area, and there were signs of our not-so-friendly mountain companions, though I didn’t actually see one this morning.
My last run down The Heavenly Daze to Ted’s Ridge was soft and smooth. By See Me, the snow was a little firmer. As I finished the morning, the light got a little flatter and it’s looking like snow is trying to get here.
Check out the many events happening for our 104th Winter Carnival this week. If you’ve never witnessed Steamboat in its full community spirit, celebrating the glory of winter, it’s a special glimpse into our gem of a mountain town that you won’t want to miss.
In the meantime, snow dances are in order.
Happy skiing and riding!
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.