The air in the valley was pretty cold this morning, but the sun was shining and I was pretty sure it would be warmer up top. By the time I made it to the top of Storm Peak, it was 20 degrees warmer and I was sure it was going to be a great morning on the hill. It’s been a few weeks since we have had a run of sunny days here in Steamboat, so make sure to enjoy the views before the next set of storms arrive.

If you are up Early on a day like today, it’s hard to beat the views and lighting in the Sundown area. From the top of High Noon you get unparalleled views out to the flattops and you can even glimpse the Gore range off in the distance. I didn’t spend too much time over there today, but The conditions on High Noon and West Side were as good as they’ve been all year. The last couple of storms have really increased the amount of snow the grooming team has to work with. So the runs are nice and smooth from edge to edge all the way from top to bottom.

While there aren’t as many groomed options near the Storm Peak lift, it’s a great place to be on a day like today. The runs are north facing so they don’t get as warm by the end of the day and you can access some of our steepest groomers and bump runs. Before the temperature rises too much the best runs on Storm Peak are going to be the groomed runs like Storm Peak Face and Buddy’s. But as the sun keeps shining and warms up the snow, the bump runs in the 4-Points area should be pretty fun. My favorite run under 4-Points is Hurricane, since its wide open and you can dip into the trees on either side if you feel like it.

Like I mentioned before, the lower mountain was colder than the top today, but that shouldn’t last for long. Now that the valley inversion has broken up, the lower runs should warm up to almost spring like conditions. On my way down Heavenly Daze this morning, I realized that Ted’s Ridge had been groomed and couldn’t pass up the chance for some fresh corduroy on the usually bumped out run. Ted’s Ridge is the second run on the right coming down from the Gondola and offers up a steep uncrowded option to get down to the base of Basher Bowl.

It’s hard to go wrong on a sunny day like today. The views will be amazing up top and the weather will be really comfortable down low. It’s the kind of day where you should just be happy to be under blue skies in the mountains!