Monday started out sleepy on the slopes, with expanses of soft corduroy fresh for slicing. It felt great to carve turns on the groomed slopes this morning after all of the amazing powder this weekend.

Catching cord on upper High Noon

I must say Friday was my very favorite powder day of the season with a sneaky extra 10 or so inches falling after the 5 a.m. report. Fifteen inches felt like even more on East Face, and I can’t remember the last time the snow was up to the top of my boots, much less thighs. The feeling of gliding through that perfect snow was pure joy! Friday’s storm left plenty of leftover stashes on Saturday for snow seekers. And what better way to wrap up the storm than with a heartwarming sendoff for Steamboat’s amazing Olympians.

On the way to Heavenly Daze

The dedication, many hours of practice, grit and sheer love these athletes have for their winter sports make us all ski a little harder and love it just a little bit more. We wish them all luck and hope they will thrive in Pyeongchang.

Pretty cloud formations at the base

If you are out this morning, the groomers are soft and forgiving. Oh, what another 15 inches has done for our slopes. I started out on the Sunshine Peak side with the corduroy on Sunshine Lift Line to High Noon, and the snow was so carveable. If you follow the groom today, you can’t go wrong. I didn’t venture off the rolled track with limited time this morning, but I’ll bet if you are adventurous, you can still find soft stashes in the trees.

Saturday freshies

I stuck to the left side of Cyclone, Rainbow, Heavenly Daze and See Me. All were deliciously carvy and smooth in the early morning, and if the forecast is correct, you may have a sunny, downright balmy afternoon on the slopes.

Steamboat’s Olympian Sendoff Saturday night

In a month filled with celestial events, look forward to January’s second supermoon this Wednesday. Called the Super Blue Blood Moon, this one coincides with a lunar eclipse for the first time since 1866. The best time for viewing will be just after sunset. Because of the moon’s unusually close proximity to Earth in this type of rotation, it will appear to be 14 percent larger and about 30 times brighter than usual and some will be able to see a bright, red glow. So, if the the storm that might roll into Steamboat Wednesday night waits until the wee hours, it could be the perfect evening to hike to a high point for the spectacle.

Happy skiing and riding!

Jessica Berg, Alpine skier

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