Happy New Year everyone! We closed out another great calendar year in Steamboat yesterday with yet another awesome powder day! The 6 inches reported at mid mountain were great, but the 10 inches that fell at the top were even better. If you braved the frigid temps and brisk wind up high, you were treated to the perfect ending to 2018. The storm may have passed, but the sun is shinning and I can guarantee there are some great leftovers from yesterdays storm if you are willing to look for them. 

The best runs on days like today are usually in the trees. Closet and Shadows are going to have the most snow in them simply because the area is so big and doesn’t get tracked out easily. The bumps are still there, but the snow that fell yesterday has made them nice and soft. Your best bet is to try and ride along the line between the aspens and the pine trees. Since the ridge falls away to the left and the right, most people follow the fall line which leaves a nice powder stash for those who are looking for it.

The clouds cleared last night treating us to a beautiful sunny morning on Mt Werner. So even though the temps are going to struggle to get above 0 up there, the groomers are going to be in awesome shape for some carving. Today is the perfect type of day to alternate groomer laps with tree runs and stops at one of the on mountain restauranst. If you need a little hair of the dog after last nights festivities, I would recommend the Bacon Bloody Mary at 4 Points Lodge.

If your new years resolution is to push yourself on some more difficult terrain, then you are in luck because the snow on our double black runs really deep right now. These last few storms filled in the north facing bowls at the top of the mountain and all the runs are now open. If you are looking for something a little more open and forgiving, go all the way to the upper gate and take a run down East Face. If you are looking to really test yourself then you have a few options up top. You can either head straight off the Morningside lift into one of the Chutes (1-3) or you can take a short hike up to my personal favorite, No Names. This area offers a lot of options for steep chutes and rock drops with a nice wide open apron of snow at the bottom.

New Year’s Day is a chance to start your year off right, so make the most of this beautiful day and get up to the mountain to enjoy this amazing corner of the Rockies!

 

Dan Tullos, snowboarder

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