You’ve heard the term “bluebird day” used frequently around this time of year and it’s never been more perfect to describe today’s mountain conditions. The sun is high, the skies are clear and rays of light are glimmering in every direction. Today is a glorious day to be in Steamboat.

Groomed trails like Tomahawk and Quick Draw were a couple of my favorites first thing this morning. On the Sundown/Sunshine area of the resort today you’re going to enjoy long, luscious lines of corduroy and seemingly endless trail in front of you. One of the things I love about this section of the mountain is how my mind just seems to drop any stressful thoughts I may have carried along with me and quickly sinks into a state of bliss. There’s a mellow mood that overtakes one’s psyche when you’re cruising down rolling groomers, and it’s often difficult to describe.

Looking up from the tips of my skis, I was pleasantly greeted with stark views of the Flattops Range in the distance, still covered in snow but with noticeable signs of melt towards the base. If you’re planning a trip back to Steamboat this summer, I highly recommend you plan a day to hike and explore the Flattops as part of your stay. The infamous Devil’s Causeway (a 4-foot wide section of trail with steep drops on both sides) is worth the effort getting there, if only for the views and serenity that you’ll appreciate once you’ve crossed.

Skiing with my family today made my having to wake up early completely worth it. There’s just something about sharing a morning on the mountain with those you love even more extra special. Together we tackled subsequent runs like West Side, which was firm and fast. The icy air on my cheeks felt amazing and I hardly wanted it to end. But alas, all good things must come to a close and I needed to head inside to write this report.

For those who have the opportunity to get out there and play today, do it! Conditions for this time of year are incredible. With over 100-inch base at the top of Mt. Werner, all of our trails are skiing magnificently. Happy trails.

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier

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