The Spice of Ski Season
Just as variety is the spice of life, March is the spice of ski season. With 19 days of the month falling in winter and 12 days being in the spring season, it’s a month where seasons collide and the weather is often a surprise.
One week ago we saw 36 inches of champagne powder® dress Steamboat Resort from top to bottom in winter’s finest, softest and prettiest blanket. Just yesterday, Steamboat saw temperatures in the 40’s with abundant sunshine, making it clear that spring will indeed be here on Sunday. However, today is another wintery day in Steamboat with more snow falling to freshen up the slopes.
If you called the 5 A.M. Snow Report this morning, you didn’t hear anything about new snow, and that’s because the snow started falling right around that time. Since 5:00 A.M., the mountain has received about 3 inches of fresh powder, and it’s still snowing. The new snow really softened up the slopes this morning, allowing you to fully trust your skis or snowboards. With the right amount of grip the new snow provided, I honestly felt like I had some of my better turns of the year this morning, which completely surprised me and exceeded my expectations.
Powder days, sunny days, cloudy days and sometimes snowy, possibly rainy days (usually just at the base) can often define March in Steamboat. It is a month full of variety and never short of excitement. Every Saturday in March and through the end of ski season, Steamboat Resort hosts a free concert in Gondola Square at 3:30 P.M. This March and April we’ll see music from Magic Giant, Dumpstaphunk, MarchFourth, Con Brio and Big Sam’s Funky Nation to kick off springtime in the ‘boat. Thus far, Diggin’ Dirt and Buffalo Commons have entertained the crowds on the past two Saturdays in March, bringing friends together and offering endless Steamboat cheer.
With ever-changing weather conditions as we transition into spring, having the right layers and goggle lenses can really make a difference in your day. On cloudy or snowy days, opt for your low-light goggle lenses to give you better depth perception to see the fall lines and any unexpected bumps along the way. On sunny days you’ll want your darker goggle lenses to better protect your eyes, and don’t forget your sunscreen as the reflection off of the snow can make for some serious sunburn on the slopes.
March is the spice of the ski season, and it’s a great month to celebrate friendships and welcome spring. It is my favorite month to ski with friends and enjoy longer days with typically more sunshine (although January was a very sunny month this year in Steamboat). As the temperatures get warmer and the days get longer, welcoming spring is especially exciting when there is a summit base of 91 inches and a mid-mountain base of 54 inches to get us through the next 25 days of the ski season.
As the seasons collide and March offers up endless variety when it comes to weather and ski conditions, I hope you take the time to enjoy the spice of the ski season before bike season is upon us!
Ski and ride with care and have a great day on the mountain!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder
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