We’ve been short on powder days this winter in Steamboat, so Tuesday’s report of 9 inches at mid-mountain was just the excuse everyone needed to call in late to work.

The gondola line was filled with locals hoping to make a few deep turns before heading into the office or classroom, and they got exactly what they were looking for. The snow was soft and deep on every run, and the air was filled with hoots and hollers as giddy skiers floated through powder that billowed over their knees.

I headed straight for Storm Peak, took a lap down Morningside (a no-turn zone in the deep snow) and made the short hike to No Names, which was mostly untracked and steep enough to gain some momentum through the powder. I found a few rocks lurking under the freshly fallen snow, but nothing the skis couldn’t handle. On the way down, I hit the nicely spaced trees near Flying Z for some smooth and soft turns to end the morning.

The mountain is clearing out fast as everyone heads to work. The gondola line is empty, so there should be plenty of fresh left for lunchtime turns. After the snow tappers off late this morning, the next storm is expected to arrive Wednesday night into Thursday, dropping a forecast 4 to 11 inches.

Despite the low snow year, Steamboat has the deepest base in Colorado. I’ve been fortunate enough to ski some of the biggest powder days this season, including a 10-inch day in January and an 11-inch day at Christmas.

Days like this are special, so play hooky if you can. Enjoy!


Nicole Miller, Alpine skier

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