Tackling the hill this morning was an utter delight. The mix of sunshine and fresh air is just something you almost have to experience to imagine. What a glorious day in Steamboat, especially if you’re exploring some of the less traveled trails.

I elected to make my way to the top via Storm Peak Express lift today. From here, I was pleasantly surprised by the incredible quality of the snow I found stashed between the trees on both the Frying Pan and Huevos runs. Yesterday’s wind seemed to move a bunch of white powder from other areas of the mountain and deposited it on the Morninside area of the resort.

Hiking my way up to North St. Pats, I wasn’t alone. Seems I wasn’t the only one interested in taking on some of our mountain’s steeper trails and deeper snow. Cruising my way down from here to Last Chance and out to Flying Z, I continued to find plenty of great coverage and loads of secret stashes to play in. Best advice for powder seekers today would be to look between the evergreens and aspens to find mini-chutes where nobody else has gone yet. Most of the deeper snow I found was inside these little nooks.

If you’re in the mood for a quality groomer run, I would highly recommend Cyclone to Dropout. The groomed lines are nothing shy of perfect and these trails seemed less traveled than some of the other main drags you’ll find up there. And at the bottom, you’ll have your pick of lifts whether you decide to enjoy the serenity of Bar UE, take Four Points or zip your way back to the top on Storm Peak Express.

Generally speaking, no matter which trail you choose today, I can assure you it’ll be good. Happy trails.

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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