With only 4 more days left in the ski season, spring freshies are just what Mother Nature had in store for Wednesday morning. The summit received 4 inches in the past 24 hours (mid-mountain received 3 inches), which is exactly what Steamboat Resort needed to close out the season this Sunday.
Heavy clouds made for tough visibility at the summit early Wednesday morning in certain areas. As the clouds moved around the mountain, visibility would improve or worsen depending on where you were skiing. When the clouds are heavy and the slopes are socked in, sticking to the edge of the slope, near the trees (or preferably in the trees, depending on conditions) will help improve your visibility – as will low-light goggle lenses.
Despite poor visibility, the 4 inches of fresh snow made the groomed slopes smooth and soft, especially near the summit. Without many other skiers and riders around, finding fresh tracks was quite simple and certainly enjoyable.
Warmer weather and sunnier skies are forecasted to close out the ski season after this little blast of winter we just had. With a mid-mountain base of 41 inches and a summit base of 69 inches, overall, Steamboat is in great shape for the next few days of skiing and riding. However, you will notice some trails are already closed due to the lack of coverage – please make sure to respect those closures to keep yourself and others safe.
Enjoy the last few days of ski season before bike season begins to infiltrate the Yampa Valley – another great season that Steamboat has to offer! Ski and ride with care (and with your masks properly on) and have a great day on the mountain!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder
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