Sunshine, blue skies and those first day giggles made my first turns of the season especially fun on Wednesday morning. After many more days spent on my mountain bike and paddleboard in the past nine months, putting on my alpine skis and taking those first few turns on sparkling corduroy felt exciting yet peaceful, comforting yet adventurous.

First turns of the season make for covered up smiles and audible giggles

With 20 open trails and 6 open lifts (and more terrain opening in the coming days), there is enough space for us all, but you may want to create more variety by skiing the left or right side of trails when you can. I typically find my best turns on either skier’s left or right and try to avoid the middle of the slope, where most people tend to ski and ride.

First light on Rudi’s Run, which takes you to the bottom of Burgess Creek Lift

As for the snow, Steamboat has a 13″ base and is currently working at an impressive rate to open new terrain as soon as safely possible. With Burgess Creek Lift open, you can see the progress being made on upper and lower Rainbow, which also might be aided by a snowy forecast come Friday.

Impressive snow-making efforts on upper Rainbow

While the base may feel a bit chilly in the mornings, you’ll want to dress in layers as there has been a significant inversion trend recently with temps much warmer at mid-mountain. As I stepped off the gondola, I could immediately notice the temperature difference, and felt quite warm and toasty myself, especially in the sun’s brilliant rays.

Mid-mountain views

We’ve all felt the stress and anxiety of 2020, and while it’s still very much there and a part of our daily lives, being able to find your own space and your own zen in a comfortable and safe fashion is vital to our nature as human beings. For me, taking a few quiet, early morning runs on the mountain all by myself gives me the space I need from my busy life homeschooling my two kids, and allows me to find a little time to just breathe (covered up and in my own mask of course).

Steamboat Gondola from the top of Heavenly Daze

If you feel any stress or anxiety about coming to Steamboat Resort to ski or ride, given everything that is going on with the pandemic, I can assure you that all steps are being taken to properly mitigate any potential spread of the virus. Steamboat Resort is certainly doing its part to create a fun and safe season for us all, please make sure that you are doing your part as well. For more information, please read Steamboat Resort’s Trail Forward page on its website, and remember to social distance and mask up.

Mask Up!
Early morning corduroy at Steamboat’s Base Area

Have a great and safe day on the mountain! Happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder

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