As of Wednesday morning, upper Buddy’s Run, Calf Roper and upper Rainbow are now open, giving skiers and riders more accessible terrain off of Storm Peak Express!
In addition to those trails, Steamboat also opened Lower Preview and the Nastar area today, yesterday opened Bashor Bowl (please note that Bashor lift is not running yet) and Sunday opened middle Giggle Gulch and upper Short Cut. With favorable weather and a favorable forecast, you can expect more terrain to open in the days ahead.
There is always something special about Buddy’s Run opening (or at least part of it) each and every year. To me, it almost seems like a rite of passage for the 2019/2020 ski season as skiers and riders can tap the statue of Buddy (Werner) for good luck before carving turns on one of Steamboat’s favorite slopes.
With mellow lighting from some scattered morning clouds and nicely groomed trails, Wednesday morning felt serene, calm and peaceful on the mountain. My turns were smooth and fast from top to bottom. Despite some firm patches here and there, my edges gripped confidently and my turns felt fluid.
Upper Buddy’s to Calf Roper to Rainbow was definitely my pick of the day. From the top of Storm Peak you can also access High Noon, One O’Clock and Two O’Clock via Highline, but please know that you will need to traverse Duster all the way to Rainbow Saddle as no lifts in the Sunshine area are currently running.
The gondola is still currently closed but is anticipated to be ready for skiers and riders this weekend. Doppelmayr technical experts identified one additional part needed, which is currently in transit and expected to arrive tomorrow. Once that piece is installed, the gondola will begin running for two days for testing, alignment and vibration analysis. Once testing is complete, the gondola will be ready for skiers and riders.
Colder temperatures and snow are expected in the week ahead. As Steamboat continues to open more terrain, please do remember that early season conditions still exist, so please ski and ride with care, and have a great day on the mountain!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder