22 Jan, 2008
This morning it was snowing and by the afternoon the sun had come out for another bluebird day in Steamboat.
Today was also the 34th annual cowboy downhill, big Steamboat tradition of having the cowboys and professional bull riders come up to Steamboat, participate in a dual slalom with a jump. I watched a couple minutes and then headed out to hit the slopes.
Even though it was bluebird out, the upper mountain near Storm Peak was covered in clouds so I kept to lower mountain just free riding on Thunderhead and hit up Heavenly Daze to get some interesting terrain of groomers and bumps to ride through.
A couple locals riding pipe and I was surprised by the amount of skier tourists riding pipe as well. The boardercross course is nice cause a lot of the tourists hit up that which is great as a gaper catcher in the park…but it does suck when they make their way into the pipe to do the same riding they can do in the boardercross.
I’m going to do a blog post on pipe etiquette but I’m gonna get some photos first to use with it. But this photo captures a lot. Here is MC in front of me waiting to drop in at the correct drop in location and there is skier gaper tourists freaking standing there on the deck not dropping into the pipe. Once they did drop in, they took forever to get through. It was a pain in the ass and unfortunately cause they took up the deck drop in area…no one else could hit the pipe unless you dropped in from the other side. Ok so look for pipe etiquette post in the future.