Wondering when the first big storm will hit us is an annual right of passage here in Steamboat and this year the wait was long. After a colorful Fall and a couple of weeks of unusually warm weather, we are finally welcoming winter back to the Yampa Valley! We got a dusting of snow last night, but the main event is on its way and the snow should start falling later this week. Don’t let the bare ground in the valley fool you, snow is on the way and its time to get out and ride.

The bit of snow we got last night and this morning added a nice soft layer to the man made snow on the runs coming down from Christie Peak. The new snow bonded well to the groomed surface on Vogue and even led to some push piles of snow on the left side of the run to play around on. The lower portion of the run was getting a bit bumped up when I left, but if you stick to the edges, the terrain will be a bit more forgiving. Its not too cold out, so as the temps inch above freezing, the snow will soften up a bit.

The snowmaking crew has been hard at work getting a few more runs ready to open and the work is most obvious on Heavenly Daze. From the top of Christie, you can see that the northern half of the run is almost finished from top to bottome. So with a little help from mother nature, we should hopefully have a run down from the gondola opening soon. The next storm should move into the valley on Wednesday night and stick around until late Friday. Even with limited terrain open, Thursday and Friday mornings could be fun powder mornings with the storm refreshing the runs throughout the day.