With a little luck of the Irish, upper mountain had some surprisingly soft powder lining the smoothly groomed slopes Wednesday morning to welcome in St. Patrick’s Day. I’m putting a spin on the traditional Irish saying of “Erin Go Bragh,” and this morning it was “Erin Go Skiing!”

Fresh and soft powder at the summit Wednesday morning

Conditions varied greatly below mid-mountain versus above mid-mountain early this morning. From the base area, a heavy cloud appeared to be hovering from about mid-mountain upwards.

Norther looking up towards the Sunshine Peak area covered in clouds

However, as you reached the top of Sunshine Peak, the clouds where much lighter and subtle rays of sunshine peeked through. As I skied around the mountain, the lighting, cloud-cover and gentle snowfall was forever changing.

Closer to the summit the lighting improved and subtle rays of sunshine peeked through

Upper mountain received four inches of fresh snow overnight (a few inches shy of a true powder day in the ‘boat), and that snow really softened up the higher elevation slopes. Mellow terrain in the trees was really quite fun, and the fresh powder lining the slopes made for some toddler giggles (and adult too, if I’m being honest).

Tree skiing off of Tomahawk with my youngest son

That’s right, toddler giggles. My youngest son was bound and determined to go skiing with me this morning, and ultimately his determination won out (and it was perfect).

A little boy with some big determination Wednesday morning!

While lower mountain conditions were a bit more firm and somewhat tricky in a few areas (beware of random divets or push piles this time of year), my son and I still enjoyed several laps through the Rough Rider Basin area to make sure we could ski through all of the fun little houses, and then also over all of the fun little jumps. Hearing my son squeal in delight that he caught some air was certainly a highlight of the morning (sorry, didn’t catch that one in a photo).

Rough Rider Basin – skiing through all of the fun little houses!

As temperatures rise and fall this time of year, maintaining the conditions on the slopes can really become quite tricky. The snowcat drivers work their magic from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. (divided up into different work shifts) to make the groomed slopes as smooth and dreamy as our skier and rider legs could ever imagine. Thanks to all of the snowcat drivers for working their magic through the night to make the slopes of Steamboat dreamy and really, quite magical themselves.

Photo Credit: Matt Irvin (Steamboat Snowcat Driver). Matt in his office!

Ski and ride with care (and with your mask properly on) and have a great St. Patrick’s Day on the mountain!

Happy St. Paddy’s Day and Happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder

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