One of the best parts about living in Steamboat is just how accessible the mountain is from town. There is nothing quite like being able to get up first thing on a Tuesday and have fresh corduroy as far as the eye can see. Not a lot of locals can take the morning off mid week to take some groomers and most of the visitors will wait until the sun rises over the mountain to get out on the slopes. So if you are willing to brave the coldest part of the day you will be greeted to wide open runs and endless corduroy.
I will usually load the gondola during first tracks for a groomer morning, but the conditions will be the same if you are in the normal gondola line. Make sure to check out the grooming report on the Steamboat App to see what runs will be smoothed out and which runs might have some moguls. Assuming It’s been groomed, the best run to start with on Sundown is High Noon to Rolex. The top of High Noon is one of the widest runs on the mountain so you can take big turns all the way down. Rolex is one of our steepest runs and has a good fall line that draws you straight down the mountain instead of to the side. If Rolex isn’t groomed, then West side or 1 O’clock will be the next best runs.
If you start your day on the Storm Peak side of the mountain then Buddy’s Run will be your best bet. Buddy’s undulates and twists down from the top of Storm Peak and offers a wide variety of terrain depending on which side of the run you are on at any given time. Because Buddy’s has its fair share of roll overs, parts of the run can get bumpy by the end of the day so ride this one early.
It looks like the next two to three days will be ideal groomer days before the next storm moves in. With sunny skies and warmer temps it will probably feel like spring skiing until Friday morning. This means harder conditions on the ungroomed runs in the morning, but softer snow in the afternoon as the temps warm up. Enjoy the sunny weather because we might not see the sun too often next week.
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