Winter Wonderland Magic
I chose the wrong google lenses today, and it was perfect. From the valley floor, a heavy layer of morning fog hovered just overhead, prompting me to put in my low-light goggle lenses. So I did. Little did I know that the gondola was full of winter magic this morning as it whisked me from a chilly and cloudy base to an unbelievably bright, beautiful and powdery wonderland. Even though I had the wrong goggle lenses, I was happy. Really happy.
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, it’s a powder day in the ‘boat! Steamboat received 13 inches at the summit (6 inches since 4 PM Tuesday) and 9 inches at mid-mountain (4 inches since close on Tuesday). And it’s not just any powder day in the ‘boat, it’s a bluebird powder day in the ‘boat! That’s right, a bluebird powder day at Steamboat Resort! Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than that.
The snow that fell was that champagne powder® that we all dream about. It was perfectly light and fluffy, making first tracks on the slopes smooth and dreamy while allowing you to float seamlessly through the shimmering and sparkling winter trees. It felt magic. It was magic; winter wonderland magic at its finest.
It’s no secret that Steamboat (like many other ski resorts) has needed snow. Thus far, Mother Nature has not been very agreeable in terms of snowfall, but this was a good dump, one that we needed and very much appreciated. This snowfall has given the maintained slopes the solid coverage they have needed (I know the snowcat drivers are happy), and made the trees feel much more accessible.
Floating blissfully atop champagne powder, navigating from shimmering aspen groves to wide open powdery meadows to steeper terrain amongst the snowy pines, made Wednesday morning my favorite morning of the ski season thus far.
And if you’re not much of a tree skier and prefer to stay on the groomed slopes, they were fantastic as well. The corduroy was soft and fluffy with those deep and grippy grooves that your legs love oh so much. After the snowcats work their magic through the night, I’d expect prime corduroy on the groomed slopes again tomorrow, so plan accordingly if you’re up for those sunny groomers.
Today was a great day, and there will be more to come. The base is getting more solid, the trees are becoming more fun (and safe), more terrain is opening (and will open soon) and those January vibes that we all love are infiltrating the Yampa Valley.
Ski and ride with care (and with your mask on properly), and have a great day on the mountain!
Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder
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