What a difference a week can make in the mountains. When I sat down to write my blog post last week, I could still see green grass in my yard and their seemed to be a growing angst around town about our ski season. Thanks to an impressive 3 day storm and a great forecast it finally feels like winter in the Yampa Valley. The storm dropped almost 20″ of snow at the top of storm peak and should go a long way towards getting more terrain open.

After being limited to a few runs down from Christie Peak Express since opening, seeing the gondola open last week was a welcome site. Not only does that mean Heavenly Daze and a small portion of Oops are open, but it gave me a chance to check out the new gondola terminal. Instead of winding through the old gondola building, the entrance is out on the slopes now and feels much more direct than before.

The light was a bit flat on my first run this morning, but the conditions on the Daze were great. The snowmaking crews time and effort combined with the natural snow last week has Heavenly Daze riding like mid season. After the clouds thinned a bit and the visibility improved, you could really open it up and make some nice turns down the whole run. The top portion of Oops is open a few hundred feet down to a cat track if you want to get a few bump turns in, but watch out for rocks since its still early. Since its been the only intermediate run open for most of the year, Vogue is showing some signs of ware. Despite hitting a bit of dirt and a few pebbles, the snow was still pretty supple and mostly ice free.

Just like last week, I’m writing this just before the storms move into the valley. The winds should start to pick up this afternoon and the next round of snow will move in overnight and fall throughout the day tomorrow. We could potentially get up to 14″ out of this one so more terrain might be opening any day now. Everybody do your snow dance tonight and get ready for some powder!