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.
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.