3,668 Feet to Drop
With March only five days away, these stunning bluebird days remind me of spring, but the temperature feels very much in line with winter. The month of February has brought 78 inches of snowfall thus far, and if we receive just 6 more inches by Sunday, we’ll tie the snowfall total for December and January combined at 84 inches.
Sparkling corduroy dressed the freshly groomed slopes and pillows of snow sat gently in the tall pines. Deep blue and exceptionally clear skies meant for stunning views in every direction, and from the tip-top of Mount Werner (10,568 feet), you could see 360 degrees, capturing any and every view you could imagine.
Wednesday morning was certainly a great morning to ski, and it was even more fun for me as I brought my 7 year-old son along with me. Together we cruised some of his favorites and some of my favorites too, but the highlight was skiing all the way from the top of Mount Werner to the base.
Our top-to-bottom run took us on parts of 13 different slopes and dropped us 3,668 feet in elevation, to be exact. At the top, we admired views of Hahns Peak to the north and the Flat Tops to the southwest, while we also observed the curious Chickadees and Gray Jays that were out and about. One Gray Jay in particular was quite interested in my son, who equally was interested in the bird.
From the top of Morningside, Over Easy is a gorgeous slope that leads into upper Buddy’s Run. From Buddy’s we cut over via Calf Roper to enjoy and practice our parallel turns on Rainbow. Park Lane and Why Not led us to Vagabond, which is another nice and open run to continue practicing those turns. Lower Vagabond looked really nice and quite intriguing this morning, but my son’s desire to ski through the little buildings in Rough Rider won out (which is usually the case).
When you see the teepees on Vagabond, cut left onto Betwixt (make sure to look uphill – that is something I’m working on with both of my sons every time we ski) and then take either Eagle’s Nest or Lower Concentration to Between to access Rough Rider. After giggling your way through the Sherriff’s Office, General Store and Saloon, take Swinger for some easy cruising turns before running into Right-O-Way, which will lead you back to the base area.
I always enjoy top-to-bottom runs, especially on gorgeous bluebird days, but seeing my son’s excitement at how we skied from the very top to the very bottom without taking a single chairlift was simply put, priceless. Steamboat Resort is such a family-friendly mountain to ski, and all of the memories we’ve created skiing with our two sons over the past 5 years will be cherished forever, and we look forward to many more to come in the future.
With snow on the way Friday through Saturday (possibly even Sunday) today and tomorrow look like the days to soak up some sunny cruisers. After this next snowstorm comes through the Yampa Valley, we can expect sunny and drier weather to kick off March, with spring right around the corner.
Ski and ride with care (and with your mask properly on), and have a great day on the mountain!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder
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