My first tracks of the day today were forged into about 4 inches of fresh powder. This is the kind of powder to we cherish around here. The lightest, fluffiest snow on the planet. Dumped on top of an already incredible base of snow, today’s fresh coat is simply fantastic.

One of the best runs of the day so far was in the Twilight area of the mountain. Here you’re going to find plenty of leftover goods along with large sections of untouched powder. Between the aspens are some sweetly manicured natural bumps formed by the plethora of skiers and riders who have been tackling this area all season. These natural tracks through the woods flow nicely and I found myself feeling like I was just along for the ride while my skis led the way.

Rolex was groomed overnight and with a fresh layer of snow it was skiing magnificently. Especially along the edges and even into the trees a bit you’ll be sure to find plenty of untracked snow. By the end of the day today I expect it to be a bit more bumped out with soft and forgiving bumps one can easily cruise through.

On my way down the slope and back to the base I elected to tackle Valley View in lieu of Heavenly Daze. This is another black diamond trail that was groomed overnight so you can easily carve some sweeping turns and practice laying down those giant slalom tracks. On skier’s left of Upper Valley View you’ll find some secret stashes that I’m guessing will remain untouched for most the day.

The sun is currently out and the sky overhead is gorgeous. So lather up the sunscreen and come join us. Winter in Steamboat is in full swing and conditions couldn’t be better.

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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