A Smooth Finish
We are finishing off 2019 in Steamboat the same way we started it, with bluebird skies and smooth groomers. The temps may be frigid up top this morning, but the sun is out and the runs are perfect. Despite the sub-zero temps at the summit during first tracks, the upper mountain is in excellent shape and the views are amazing. Now that the sun is out in full force, its starting to warm up and should be an spectacular day up on Mt Werner.
I started out the day with a fast lap down Sundown lift line in the early morning light. This is a great option for first tracks groomers since the sun hits it first and the corduroy will be fresh. You can take it all the way down to Sunshine lift or you can cut right about two thirds of the way down to get back to the Sundown lift. I like to cut back since it pops you out in the perfect spot to either ride lower high noon or traverse over to West Side and Rolex. West Side was groomed this morning and was firm but not icy so you can really carve from edge to edge.
You can’t really go wrong with your choice of runs on a day like today. The coverage is great on all the groomed runs and the temps have been cold so the ungroomed stuff and the trees are still riding well. The skies are crystal clear so I would recommend spending the day taking in the different views Mt werner has to offer. Head to the top of Sundown/sunshine to get a great view of the flattops and the area around Rabbit Ears Pass. Then switch to the North side of the mountain for views up to the zirkels and Hahns Peak before heading all the way at the top of the mountain to see across north park to the Never Summer range and the northern stretch of Rocky Mtn National Park. Finally, finish your day off with some night skiing or drinks down at the base and take in the New Years Eve Fireworks and Torchlight Parade.
While we may be ending the year with dry weather, don’t expect 2020 to stay that way. The clouds will roll in tomorrow morning with the snow soon to follow. A big system is coming in from the northwest and the heavy snow should start to fall tomorrow and last until Friday. They are calling for around 16″ from this storm so get ready to ring in the new year with some deep powder.
With another year in the books here in Steamboat I am grateful for this wonderful town and the people that make it such a special place. Through all the heavy storms, deep powder and bluebird days I am continually amazed at how beautiful this area really is. Here’s to another year in paradise!
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