Gratitude for Steamboat
It’s hard to believe that after today, only four days remain in our 2018/2019 ski season. Personally, I’m not ready for it to end, and based on the snow conditions, I’m not sure that the mountain is quite ready for it to end either. With a summit base of 94 inches, a mid-mountain base of 63 inches and more snow on the way, Steamboat Resort is in fantastic shape for its upcoming Closing Weekend.
As I drove to the mountain this morning, heavy air and dull gray skies prevailed, with some shifting morning fog and clouds. I chose my low-light goggle lenses as the clouds seemed to be heavy over the summit as well. Even as I got on the gondola, I was sure I was going to be whisked up the mountain and into the clouds.
Much to my surprise, as I stepped off the gondola, beams of sunlight were warming Thunderhead Lodge, and as I walked out onto the snow, I felt as if I had entered another world. Blue skies, warm sunshine, smooth groomers, an inch of fresh snow and hardly another soul around made for quite the Wednesday morning surprise!
At the top of Storm Peak, despite some chilly winds, I had to stop for a moment and look around, admiring the dynamic skies, the brilliant sunshine, the noticeable solitude, and simply take in the beautiful serenity. Steamboat Resort felt majestic this morning, and I felt an immense amount of gratitude for everything our beloved mountain has to offer us.
The tranquil slopes had a bit of a firm bottom, but with an inch or so of fresh snow shimmering in the unexpected morning sunlight, they provided some smooth, fast and absolutely grin-worthy turns. Skiing down the completely empty groomed trails, watching the dramatic clouds in the distance and taking in the sunlit trees around me certainly made for a zen-like experience early this morning. Namaste!
Today is my last ski blog for the season, and I’m honestly quite sad about it. It has been an incredible winter filled with 91 days of snow at the summit, 88 days of snow at mid-mountain and a good amount of beautiful bluebird days mixed in with the snow. Out of those snow days, 47 of them were powder days, meaning that Steamboat received 4 or more inches of snow in a 24-hour period.
The forecast is calling for snow this afternoon and into Friday morning, perhaps even 4-8 inches if the weather patterns hold true. The summit is only a half inch away from reaching the 400 inch mark for the season, something that hasn’t happened for more than 5 years (since the 2013/2014 season). With a promising forecast, it looks like Steamboat may end up with 400 or more inches of snow at the summit for the season, but only time and weather will tell.
What we do know is that Steamboat Resort has a very impressive base and the snow coverage from top to bottom is solid. That said, this weekend is Closing Weekend, and with such fantastic snow conditions, it would be rude not to get out and enjoying a little more skiing and riding before the season ends. In celebration of another ski season, there are free concerts both Saturday and Sunday afternoons starting at 3:30 PM in Gondola Square, and several other fun events like the Cardboard Classic and the Splashdown Pond Skim. Make sure to check out Steamboat’s events page to learn more.
Cheers to another fun and amazing ski season in Steamboat, and until next winter, live every moment, laugh every day and love beyond words! Happy Wednesday and Happy Ski Season!Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier
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