With a recent blast of winter, Steamboat Ski Resort is in fantastic shape!  Colder temperatures paired with 4 inches in the past 24 hours has amounted to soft, smooth, grippy groomers and fluffy little powder stashes lining the slopes.  This awesome blast of winter has created some even more awesome spring freshies!    Today was a special day in more ways than one.  For starters, I was lucky enough to ski with my Dad, and together, we were able to enjoy some truly fantastic runs.  Neither one of us could get over the fact that today is April 5th, which generally would mean spring snow conditions, yet it felt like mid-winter up there.  With 2 inches falling overnight and 4 inches in the past 24 hours, the groomed slopes were in phenomenal condition.  I should also add that in the past week, Steamboat has accumulated 8 inches and still has a 50 inch base.  The colder temperatures also helped to keep the snow light, smooth and fast.  It also didn’t hurt that the trees were dressed in fresh snow, that the fast-moving morning clouds created some spectacular lighting and that the blue skies above provided a stunning backdrop.  It may be spring but this recent blast of winter has left Steamboat in great shape!

My Dad enjoys skiing groomed slopes (although he has promised me that he’ll rent some powder skis on a big powder day next year to try it out), and today is his perfect kind of ski day.  Upper mountain groomers were in tip-top shape with the fresh snow, solid coverage and soft, light texture.  Do I dare say the best all season?  Perhaps.  It may sound crazy being early April, but all of the groomed slopes on upper mountain were in perfect condition.Being on my snowboard today, I was excited to venture into the fresh powder Steamboat recently received.  While it’s not a “powder day in ‘the boat” (the mountain needs 6 inches in 24 hours for that favorite local’s saying to come to fruition), the new snow we did receive is light, fluffy and the unequivocal champagne powder® that we all love.  I had no idea that I would be able to take some fun little powder turns in April, so it was quite the Wednesday morning treat.  Skiing with my Dad, I mostly stuck to the little powder stashes lining the groomed slopes, and they were by no means bottomless, but on the more mellow terrain, it was so much fun to just float on the sparkling 4 inches of fresh.

It is quite chilly today, only 11 degrees at the summit this morning, so today is a good day to layer up.  As the morning clouds fade and the brilliant blue skies take over (which has probably already happened as I’m finishing up my blog), you’ll likely want to shed a layer or two.  Spring skiing can be very unpredictable; it can be 60 degrees, sunny and quite slushy, or it can be 11 degrees with a little bit of fresh snow and really quite nice.  To me, that’s what makes it so much fun.  As they say, “variety is the spice of life”, and that is certainly what spring skiing can provide.Thank you snow gods and goddesses for this recent blast of winter that has freshened up our mountain quite nicely, giving us another 11 great days until the end of ski season.  April 16th is closing day this year, so depending on what the weather gods and goddesses have to offer up, make sure to get out and take some winter or spring turns in the days ahead.Happy spring freshies and happy Wednesday!Erin Campbell, Snowboarder

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