Nothing says Colorado quite like a bluebird day in the mountains! When the sun rises over the mountain, and the sky turns cobalt blue, I’m always reminded of just how beautiful this place is. The fresh snow from the last round of storms is blanketing the valley, and the conditions on Mt. Werner are great, so get your gear and get up to the mountain.

Fresh corduroy on Mt. Werner.

The temps at the base were pretty frigid this morning, so the best thing to do is get up to the upper mountain and out of that cold air sitting in the valley. I got a later start than usual today, so instead of heading over to Sundown for First Tracks, I rode on the Storm Peak side of the mountain. The runs serviced by Storm Peak Express mostly face north, so after a few sunny days, they are your best bet for finding leftover powder and colder conditions. I started out with a run straight down Storm Peak face to Rainbow Saddle and had a great time carving the fresh corduroy as the light started to hit this side of Mt. Werner. Storm Peak face is the best in the morning before too many people get to it, so go there first if you are looking for some steep groomed runs.

A tele skier ripping it down Storm Peak face

The first thing you will notice at the top of Storm Peak Express on a clear day is just how amazing the views are. If you look to the east past Morningside bowl, you can see the Never Summer range and Rocky Mountain National Park. If you look to the south, you can see the Flat Tops mountains, and to the north you see the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. When you are ready for a break in the afternoon, you can catch most of these views from deck of Four Points Lodge.

The Flat Top Wilderness Area peaking out behind Storm Peak face

Most of the tree runs will be tracked up by now, but if you are looking for some leftover powder, there are still some stashes to be found. Since almost all of the trees at the resort are in bounds, you can usually find a spot that no one has been. From the top of Storm Peak Express, I would go skier’s right past Buddy’s Run and look for some leftovers in the trees. If you are on the Sunshine side of the mountain, try ducking into any of the trees to the skier’s right of Tomohawk. I found a nice little powder stash on the lower mountain in the trees below Why Not.

Leftover powder below Why Not.

Days like today are a big part of the reason I moved to Steamboat in the first place. The calm after the storm really allows you to appreciate all the beautiful scenery and awesome terrain this mountain has to offer. So take advantage of the great conditions and warm temps before the next storm moves in tomorrow.

Dan Tullos

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