Because I’m Happy
Pharrell’s song “Happy” came to mind Wednesday morning in Steamboat with the deep blue skies, bright warm sunshine and smooth fast groomers. The slopes are in phenomenal shape, the weather couldn’t be more perfect and the views are simply spectacular. Everything about today at Steamboat Resort exudes an essence of happiness, so clap along if you agree.
March has always felt like an exceptionally happy month as the days grow longer, the temperatures get a little warmer and bluebird days begin to dominate the weather patterns. Today feels like that idyllic March day, and the good news is that more are in store before snow is expected to return to Steamboat on Sunday (which is also fantastic news).
Any groomed run you pick today is sure to give you those smooth and fun turns you’re looking for. Buddy’s Run was exceptional this morning as it was dressed in this ripply smooth layer of corduroy from top to bottom, giving you the grip you need to hold an edge, but at the same time, the glide you need for those fast and fun turns.
Some of the steeper terrain like Storm Peak South had occasional firm patches, which is a good reminder to keep your speed in check and really focus on making those fluid turns. Rolex, while one of the steeper slopes on the mountain, surprised me at the lack of firm patches and the awesome amount of grip the snow provided, even on the steepest parts.
Today felt a little extra happy to me also because I was able to have a rare snowboard date with my husband. After getting the kids off to school, he joined me for some turns on his snowboard, which can also be rare as he’s typically a skier (and a very good one at that). The conditions were perfect for him to put his snowboard on for the first time this season. With smooth corduroy, the right amount of grip and great lighting, those first snowboard turns of the season came impressively easy to him.
Now that March has begun, so too has Steamboat’s 21st annual Bud Light Rocks the Boat Free Concert Series. Every Saturday in March Steamboat hosts a free concert in Gondola Square at 3:30 p.m. This Saturday features The Main Squeeze, a band with deep musical roots sprouted in the Midwest who has played Red Rocks and shared the stage with The Roots, Aloe Blacc, Jane’s Addiction, Umphrey’s McGee and Trombone Shorty. With a sunny and warm weather forecast and a band to impress, this Saturday’s free concert is one not to miss.
Whether you get out and ski with friends, have a fun date on the mountain or simply enjoy some turns of solitude, ski and ride with care and have a great day on the mountain!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder