Steamboat 1/3/10

03 Jan, 2010

Ah resort town living…it means that some nights you close out the bars only to wake up hours later to press glass and get in some epic powder turns.  That was today for me and a powder day on the mountain cures everything.

I picked up Amy at 8am, got coffee and bagels at the base of the mountain and hit up the gondola line to anxiously await the opening.  At the top we waited for Jeremy and his friends to make some laps but we ended up splitting up after one run since we wanted to ride different areas of the mountain.

Amy and I headed up Storm Peak, dropped into the back of Morningside and went directly to Wake Up Call which was exactly what we needed.  No lines had been dropped and we were the first which can be good and bad on powder days like today.  Good that you’ll be making first turns in powder and bad that in the flat areas, you’ll be making tracks and hoping you find someone else’s.

Amy found firsthand what happens when you lose speed and get stuck…I made sure to video the moment and give you an idea of how much snow there is in spots.

Amy in deep snow at Steamboat from Shayboarder on Vimeo.

To get to some of the steeper black diamond pitches at Steamboat, it means hiking up to the gates which isn’t too bad.  Today was busier as the morning went on and more people than normal were hiking up to get in some turns.

After we lapped Wake Up Call most of the morning (each time with our own turns from before) we dropped into North St Pats and ended up a bit on the East Face side where it was very deep and a ton of fun drops to do along the way.

Finally to end the day out we headed into the land of aspens off Sundown chairlift for the idealic aspen tree riding.  It’s still early season so riding in the trees means being very careful, the new snow can cover up tree branches very well and it’s a risk to hit the trees too early.  I can’t wait till we get more snow and the tree riding is insanely worth it.

After a morning and afternoon of riding the powder, I came home to enjoy a much needed nap before the work week begins.  It’s still snowing and looks like we’ll get our wish for better coverage on the mountain soon and some more powder days in store.

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  1. Carrie
    January 03, 2010

    Ha! I heart how at the end she said ‘don’t post this shit!’ awe!! I was stuck like this on new years day. I feel for you Amy!

  2. January 04, 2010

    HAHA yeah she told me later I could post it up…haha I still think it’s funny. Definitely getting stuck in the deep snow sucks!

  3. January 04, 2010

    Getting stuck SUCKS, but powder days are AWESOME! Looks fun.

  4. anon e mous
    January 05, 2010

    so, i’ve seen you post on sierra snowboard. com. i saw where you typed

    “HAHA” i my house overlooks.. yadda yadda.

    so i don’t know you personally, but really? are you that cool? OMG your house overlooks a hill.

    you must be so awesome, because obviously, you had to bring it up in that post.

    you seem like a chick who thinks she’s cooler than everyone because she LIVES on the mountain. Well, you ain’t the only one.

    by the way, i’ll be in steamboat, so i can’t wait to see and chat with you over your AWESOMENESS.

    and really, your writing is subpar. i am aware that you had to blow a lot of people to even get involved with the industry, but it’s not impressive.

    as a fellow female, i guess i should let you know, that your site is subpar.

    mostly i was simply amazed at the fact you dropped the line about your house, when clearly, it was not funny, nor had anything to do with the post above it.

  5. January 05, 2010

    Ah the anonymous comment of opinion. I respect people more when they can speak from their real names but that’s just me I guess.

    I actually did fine that funny that Hokie is staying 100 feet from where I live, hence the HAHA part because it’s such a small world that we’re that close in Steamboat. I could care less that my house overlooks it or is underneath it, it just so happens to be right above it.

    Looking forward to meeting you in Steamboat, Liz right?

  6. keither
    January 06, 2010

    “anon e mous”: your a tool, and a ski kook. Go start your own blog, then talk. Gotta love when people trash others’ writing, but then can’t write properly themselves.

    OMG are you that cool that you can bash someone’s hard work and dedication to snowboarding, only to say things like “You ain’t the only one.” So I guess YOU must be so awesome, because obviously, you had to bring it up in that post. You either live on a hill too, or are jealous that other people do. Either way, you’re too cool.

    I could care less but since we’re correcting grammar…… I’m pretty sure “ain’t” is not a word. Neither is OMG or Yadda yadda. And I didn’t see one capital letter used properly. But that’s besides the point. You and your comments are lame, and have nothing to do with this post.

    You probably don’t even ride and are probably 14 years old. You need to get a life. One that isn’t subpar.

    Shay keep up the good work. I love your blog. Your reviews are accurate and unbiased. Reading your daily blogs on my work break helps keep snow on the brain and stress off of it.

    Some people have to put others down just so they can feel better about their shitty ass lives. Hope you have a great season, Shay. As for Lamewad Liz, I hope you get freezing rain all winter and get stuck in a ditch without a cellphone and no heat.

  7. MegaBitch
    January 06, 2010

    Oh, the joys of anonymous shit-talkers and the IP addresses that are available to those who run the site 🙂 I love when people fail to realize this before they post asshole comments, makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  8. Bruizza
    January 06, 2010

    I hate you shay

  9. January 06, 2010

    Shay you are a terrible blogger, maybe if you used the home row on your keyboard there would be less typos!

    JK I LOVE YOU <3

  10. Lizz
    January 07, 2010

    I just found out about this tonight. I didn’t leave you that message at all.

    So, I do look forward to meeting you to get this all straightened out.

    I’m sorry for that terrible comment that was made using my IP address. If we can chat by way of email or anything. I wasn’t involved.
    I know who was, and unfortunately, my name has been dragged through the mud just so someone could get shits and giggles.

  11. January 07, 2010

    Anon-e-mous…I bet you look horrible naked…and I bet you have 0 snow steeze…just saying…do your colors even coordinate properly? I bet not.

    Lastly, can you teach me falling leaf in Steamboat? I’d appreciate that tons!