White Gold in the Sky
If you’re not able to look through your monitor and see my face, let me just tell you that I’m smiling from ear to ear. Last night’s storm dumped half a foot of fresh snow, and it’s still falling. Our entire mountain and the terrain you can enjoy today is covered in soft, forgiving white gold.
My first tracks of the day were dug into the downhill slope of both Two O’Clock and One O’Clock. Both were left ungroomed overnight, so the snow build up in this area was terrific. Skier’s left of Two O’Clock was one of the smoothest lines I’ve skied all season. Though there were a handful of moguls underneath, the newly fallen snow was thick enough to float my skis over much of the terrain.
After exploring the Sundown side of our hill today, I elected to venture over to the top of the Morningside lift. Though the lift hadn’t quite gotten juiced up by the time I arrived, I decided to hike from the top of Buddy’s Run. A short jaunt up the hill, and I was rewarded with untracked powder in all directions. Since I hadn’t tackled Chute 1 yet this year, I pushed off and headed that way. The Meadow getting to the top of the chute was fresh and fluffy. What a treat to have this magical glade all to myself.
Chute 1 was deep with powder, and I happily churned my way down without a care in the world. From there, the Flying Z glade was another spectacular thrill. Smooth and steady was the flow of my planks as they glided over the mountain’s best undulation. The lower section of Flying Z was a little bumped out but just as much fun to blow right through.
With the winter storm still upon us, the upper half of the mountain is a bit socked in. But with the proper low-light eyewear, visibility isn’t bad at all. As the trails get more tracked up, the lines in the snow will give skiers and riders plenty of contrast to keep their laps enjoyable.
So wax up and get out there. It’s a powder day in Steamboat!
Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier
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