It’s another beautiful day in the ‘boat! Wednesday morning on the mountain was spectacular with really nice snow conditions, gorgeous views and sparkling frosty trees. Happy Wednesday!
Driving across the chilly Yampa River this morning, temperatures dipped slightly into the negatives, but quickly jumped back into single digits at the base area. These chilly temperatures may not be so great for your fingers and toes, but they sure do make for some spectacular eye candy early in the morning! Today temperatures at the base and the summit are similar, 17 and 14 degrees respectively, with the most noticeable inversion being at mid-mountain with a 23 degree temp.
With the colder temperatures (but not too cold), the packed powder slopes were in great condition. The corduroy had a nice softness to it, yet with chilly temperatures, also had the perfect amount of grip. I’m skiing on new Harvest skis this year and I had a blast carving some really smooth, fast turns down groomed trails like Rudi’s Run, Upper Buddy’s, Rainbow, Heavenly Daze and Vogue. Colder temperatures often provide the right amount of traction and allow you to fully trust your edges from top to bottom. The snow conditions certainly made for some grin-worthy turns this Wednesday morning!
From the last time I skied, I noticed some new trails open like Sunset and Valley View (although they had not been groomed just yet). It seems like most days the mountain is opening a little bit of new terrain, and soon enough, we’ll be able to ski every inch of the 2,965 acres Steamboat has to offer. For now, Steamboat has 8 lifts running and 55 trails open, which accounts for 33% of the terrain being open. So far this season Steamboat has received 104 inches of snow, which has been packed down into a 30-inch base.
The forecast is quite favorable for the mountain with significant snow expected to arrive Thursday night into Friday. If you follow Joel Gratz’s Steamboat Daily Snow report, you’ll likely want to start making plans for a powder morning this Friday, as that is when the deepest snow is expected. Snow showers are likely through the weekend, and with the forecasted consistent snowfall, the snow conditions early next week should be really nice as well.
Last Friday I rode the new gondola for the first time and WOW was I impressed! Steamboat has made some really nice upgrades at both the lower and upper terminals. As you load and unload the gondola, you’ll notice that it’s level to the ground, which means no more stepping up and down with ski boots on. Not only was the gondola ride noticeably faster, but it was really enjoyable in the new cars. The top to bottom windows really allow you to capture the stunning views as you ride up to 9,080 feet (Thunderhead Lodge). After months and months of hard work, Steamboat now has an impressive new gondola that skiers and riders will be able to enjoy for many years to come!
With only two more weeks until Christmas Day, make sure to stay on Santa’s nice list and hopefully he’ll arrange for more snow and champagne powder® days ahead!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder
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