I began my morning with a full belly, thanks so the sausage breakfast burrito I grabbed from Gondola Joe’s and took with me on the gondola. So rolling onto the slopes first thing I decided it might be best to start out easy. A gentle cruise down Huffmans and I was on my way.

What I found at the top of the Sundown lift was some dim sunlight but sweetly groomed corduroy. Runs like High Noon (top to bottom) and Two O’clock are my recommendations for anyone seeking pristine carved turns. The snow is spongy and really seemed to receive my edge nicely. I felt it easy to sink low on a bended knee and really work the skis as they looped around under me from side to side.

After a few warm-up laps on the intermediate terrain, I elected to explore a bit more of a challenge. Bopping over to White Out, I tackled the bumps the best I could. Luckily for me, the recent snow that has blanketed Steamboat kept things soft and forgiving. The moguls on this trail are large but manageable. That’s not to say I wasn’t a bit tired when I got to the bottom. For those looking to test the stamina in their legs, top-to-bottom White Out is a good test of fitness.

Finding my way back to the base area, I opted to cruise BC Ski Way. If for nothing more than a sweet view and peaceful setting, this easy-sloping catwalk is the perfect way to mentally wind down as you slowly shimmy your way to the bottom of the resort. I could feel a sense of calm take over my body as I found myself done skiing for the day.

If you’re already in town in anticipation of the Cowboy Downhill tomorrow, I’d suggest you start the party tonight. Check out the “Cowboy Up Party & Balloon Glow” happening this evening at 5pm. Yee Haw!

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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