Steamboat skiers and riders were treated to a delightful dusting of three inches that fell overnight. This was a welcomed fresh layer of snow that was needed after a few crisp, clear days in the Yampa Valley. With as many people in town as there are, any new snow we can get is appreciated.

The truth of the matter is, when temperatures are as cold as they have been, it becomes too cold to snow. Our best snow comes with slightly warmer temperatures that produce big, fluffy flakes. 

Crowds starting to gather at Thunderhead

I made my way through the base area crowd, up the gondola and over to the Priest Creek side of the mountain.

Eager skiers heading to Priest Creek area

This season, I have especially enjoyed a groomed Rolex. Today was no different. I thoroughly reveled in our famed run this morning, as I literally had the run to myself.

An empty Rolex with a dusting of Champagne

Another great groomed run today was Ted’s Ridge. As Kevin discussed in yesterday’s post, there are times when you want to stick to lower mountain.

During this time of year, everywhere you go will have lines and a plethora of skiers. It’s important to ski with heightened awareness of your surroundings. This is the time of year when I focus on more turns and less speed. There’s just too many people out there, and the majority of them are mid-level skiers.

I’m eagerly looking forward to an exciting 2016 in Steamboat. Our Torchlight Parade and New Years Eve Fireworks show will kick off an exciting year and welcome the Bud Light Rocks the Boat concert series. The Denver Stock Show cowboys come to town for the Cowboy Downhill, which is an event not to be missed.

Signing out for 2015! Have patience, be courteous and have a safe and happy new year!

Brett Buckles, Alpine skier

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