Blue Skies Between Storms
The new year has been about as good as you can ask for here in Steamboat. We have settled in to a nice storm cycle with most of the storms coming out of the northwest and dropping tons of snow on Mt Werner. If that weren’t nice enough, the days in between the storms have been bluebird groomer days. You need blue skies here and there to admire how much snow we have right?
This morning was cold in the valley with near zero temps down by the river. However the inversion was pretty strong so the upper mountain was quite pleasant. There was a slight breeze but the temps were in the upper teens and all the recent snow was groomed to perfection. Most of the runs below Sundown lift were groomed today and were nice and even. One O’clock and lower High Noon were my picks for the morning. They are nice and wide and had very few bumpy spots on them.
I didn’t venture in to the trees today since I was having so much fun carving, but if you want to find some leftover powder there should be plenty. The most obvious choice is to venture into Closet and Shadows to see if you can find some pockets of the fluffy stuff. While it is probably pretty skied out, there will be patches between a lot of the trees and below the thicker stands of trees. Your best bet for powder today will probably be in the shorter and less traveled tree runs. I would try the trees between the switchbacks on Broadway. The best access point is immediately to your left as you get off the South Peak lift. Make sure to stay within the ski area boundary signs in there since there is no way out of the drainage below Boulevard.
The conditions are pretty nice no matter where you are today. I took 6 runs this morning and didn’t find the smallest trace of ice out there. The best run of the day was probably fresh corduroy down Storm Face to Rainbow. If you are looking for a steep high speed groomer, this one is hard to beat.
The skies are clear right now, but the storms will be rolling back in this afternoon. The first wave should hit later today and will probably only drop a few inches. After a sunny day tomorrow we will see some more clouds and a more significant storm on Thursday night and Friday. So get out there and enjoy the views while you can, more powder is on the way.
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