In the Clouds
In the past week, Steamboat has received new snow every single day except for Monday, amounting to 21 inches of fresh powder in the past seven days. With consistent snowfall and perfect winter temperatures (in the teens and low 20’s), Steamboat Resort is in fantastic condition!
Wednesday morning was peaceful, calm and quiet on the mountain with tiny snowflakes gently falling and a heavy layer of clouds hovering over Sunshine, Storm and Mt. Werner Peaks. The high level fog layer lifted around 9,700 feet on the mountain (Four Points Lodge is located at 9,716 feet) and visibility improved. However, around midday, the clouds descended to mid-mountain (around Thunderhead Lodge), so it’s a great day to use your low-light goggle lenses for added depth perception.
I skied Tuesday with my 3-year-old son, and the conditions seemed exceptionally fantastic, at least from what I could tell by skiing Why Not. Tuesday morning reported 9 new inches of fresh snow, and I heard that the powder in the trees was deep and fun. My son loved exploring the powder on the side of Why Not, which for him was knee deep and oh so light and fluffy. It was his first experience skiing powder, and he kept wanting to find more and more stashes around every turn.
This morning, with another inch of fresh snow, the groomed runs were smooth and soft, and below 9,700 feet, visibility was surprisingly pretty good. If you’re skiing higher up on the mountain in the clouds today, explore the trees for better visibility as you seek out those soft and dreamy powder stashes.
Late January is generally a great time to ski in Steamboat, and that is certainly true for 2020. The summit base is currently 71 inches and the mid-mountain base is currently 54 inches, which means that Steamboat Resort is offering really solid coverage and great snow conditions from top to bottom.
Speaking of top to bottom, I skied one of my favorite top to bottom runs this morning. I started at the top of Storm Peak on Buddy’s Run, cut over to Rainbow via Calf Roper, and then utilized Park Lane to access Vagabond. From Vagabond I took Betwixt to Lower Concentration (which was exceptionally fun) and then Between over to the Rough Rider Basin to fulfill my inner child spirit by skiing through the fun little buildings. After some Rough Rider giggles, I skied down Swinger, which is always an empty and mellow trail that connects into BC Ski Way.
Being able to ski from 10,372 feet down to 6,900 feet all in one single run is always a fun and unique experience. On a day like today, it feels as though you transcend and pass through different worlds as the weather and conditions change over the course of 3,472 feet. With temperatures in the teens from the summit to the base this morning, the snow conditions were fantastic from top to bottom.
My family and I traveled to Mexico for a week of warm sunshine and sandy beaches, and while we had a great time, it’s also really nice to be back out on the snow and enjoying all that Steamboat Resort has to offer.
Until next time, ski and ride with care and have a great day on the mountain. Happy Wednesday!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder
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