Snowflakes are flying in Steamboat Springs and our favorite winter blanket is starting to beautifully cover the valley. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Valley views from Heavenly Daze as the current winter storm moves through Steamboat.

Some wild winds ripped through Steamboat early Wednesday morning, bringing us a cold front that seems to be delivering more snow than forecasted. This current winter storm should continue into the afternoon before a quick burst of dry weather arrives Wednesday night into Thursday afternoon. According to Joel Gratz’s Steamboat Daily Snow Report, the snow coming in Thursday could bring “a sneaky-good amount of snow by Friday morning with 4-8 inches of fluffy accumulation.” Combined, these storms could bring exactly what Steamboat Resort needs to open up more terrain in time for the holidays – but again, don’t stop your snow dancing just yet!

Heavenly Daze is currently the longest run you can ski or ride, until more terrain opens up as it becomes safe and ready.

Currently, there are three lifts open servicing a total of eight runs on 48 acres of open terrain. The Gondola takes you to the top of Thunderhead and gives you the longest run at the moment. There is even an open black run to the right of Heavenly Daze called Oops if you’re ready to give your legs a true early season test! Oops is a short, steep run with moguls that will lead you back to Heavenly Daze. Please watch for early season obstacles and only give Oops a try if you’re ready and confident in your skiing or riding abilities.

Oops, just to the right of Heavenly Daze. Make sure you are ready for this run and not saying “oops” on the way down!

If you would rather stick to a chairlift, Christie Peak Express allows you to ski Sitz, Sitzback, Jess’ Cut Off and Vogue before funneling you back down to Stampede. You may also choose to unload midway to Christie Peak Express and access either Stampede or Preview, which is the best option for beginner skiers and riders. And if it’s your very first time skiing or snowboarding, please stick to the Preview chairlift for the easiest terrain on the mountain.

A few inches of fresh powder on the side of Heavenly Daze – my skis were happy!

As for the snow, we’ve been reporting the conditions as manmade and packed powder, but the snowflakes are starting to pile up, especially higher up on the mountain, and I found a few inches of soft and fresh powder on the sides of Heavenly Daze. Do be aware of the ropes and stakes that Ski Patrol has in place to denote closed terrain and please make sure to abide by those closures. While the snow is certainly exciting, we need to remember that early season conditions very much still exist, and as soon as more trails are safe and ready, the ropes will be dropped and skiers and riders will be grinning!

Steamboat’s red chairs are always a good indictor of base area snowfall – just remember, we usually get more snow at higher elevations!

For the latest and greatest on lift and trail statuses, download the free Steamboat app and stay up to speed on which runs are open, which runs are groomed and which runs best suit your skiing and/or riding abilities.

A view of the current base area from Stampede. Stay right to load Christie or Preview, stay left to load the Gondola.

If you haven’t been to the base area in a while, you’ll notice some pretty big changes that are all part of the redevelopment plan at Steamboat Resort referred to as Full Steam Ahead. Click on the link for more detailed information and get excited about what this awesome plan means for the future of Steamboat!

The new Gondola location that takes you to the top of Thunderhead – watch for the signs and please take your skis off when you’re supposed to!

With snowflakes falling and the holidays approaching, Steamboat is gearing up for a fun and busy time of the year. Continue your snow dancing, it really seems to be working some winter magic at the moment!

Steamboat is ready to host some wintertime magic!

Ski and ride with care and have a great day on the mountain! Happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder

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