It’s the so-called “Blues Break” in Steamboat Springs (a week of no school), and the abundance of sunshine is certainly coinciding nicely to give us all a break from those mid-winter blues. Many locals flock to warm, sunny beach destinations, but many also stay in town to simply enjoy Steamboat in the wintertime. After Monday’s memorable 15-inch powder day, blue skies and sunshine have prevailed through the rest of the week and into Saturday, giving us that extra dose of Vitamin D that we all need this time of year.

The softness of the corduroy felt like velvet on Tomahawk

With sunny skies and mellow temperatures, Saturday morning boasted soft groomers and stunning views. As the mountain opened, the mid-mountain temperature was already 24 degrees, and by 10:45 a.m., it had climbed to a balmy 36 degrees. These warmer temperatures made the groomers feel soft and velvety from top to bottom.

Early morning sunshine kisses Rowel on the way to Sundown Express

Generally when you find warmer temperatures during the day, you will find firm patches first thing in the morning before the slopes have warmed up. That is what I was expecting but not what I found this Saturday morning in the Sunshine Peak area.

Stunning scenery from Sunshine Peak

Tomahawk, Flintlock, High Noon and Rowel were all dressed perfectly in smooth, silky corduroy. These trails all have a somewhat mellow grade in steepness, so when I headed towards Rolex (one of the steeper trails on the mountain), I was sure I would find some firm patches here and there. I was wrong. From top to bottom, I was certainly grinning with every smooth, soft and fluid turn. Hands down, Rolex was my favorite run of the day!

Groomed to perfection, Tomahawk provided fast, smooth and fluid turns

With a mid-mountain base of 69 inches and a summit base of 90 inches, Steamboat is in solid shape as we head towards the month of March. When I think of the month of March, I think of pleasant temperatures, sunny skies and fast groomers. That is kind of what today feels like, but don’t get used to it because snow and colder temperatures are on the way to Steamboat.

High Noon with the snowy Flat Tops in the distance

As soon as tonight, Steamboat will start to see some more snowflakes, but the most exciting storm should arrive Monday morning, bringing possibly up to 8 inches of fresh snow through Tuesday. Check out Joel Gratz’s Steamboat Daily Snow report for more thorough forecast information.

I hope you get to sneak in a little bit more Steamboat sunshine before the snow returns to the Yampa Valley. Ski and ride with care and have a great day on the mountain!

Happy Saturday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder

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