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Steamboat: 1/9-1/13, 2014

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This trip ended up having a little of everything weather-wise.  Arrived Thursday to very ominous snow clouds and light flakes.  Friday was easily the biggest storm day I've experienced out west, with lots of people seemingly off by slopes by lunchtime, to the benefit of those of us who can tolerate a frozen neck gaiter. ;) Morningside had vast swathes of hidden powder, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the NASTAR course in the Bashor area was still just a lightly tracked powder field at 3 PM.  Saturday morning was cloudy, but by 11 AM the clouds rolled out and the rest of the day was almost March-like, with lots of people caught overdressed for the sun.  Spent quite a bit of time on the Pony Express lift, as the lines elsewhere filled out with the Saturday crowds.  Sunday looked like another storm day, but by 10:30 or so the snow had stopped, leaving behind howling winds.

 

Pioneer Ridge/Pony Express probably ended up being my favorite spot, as it never saw much of any traffic and was challenging enough without throwing me into any situations I couldn't get out of.  I left a marginally better powder/bump skier than when I arrived (which isn't saying much, as I suck in the moguls).  Ducking in and out of trees in that area was also fun.  Morningside was good in fresh powder, but I quickly figured out that you have to stick to the black runs to carry enough speed in that area, as it seems to flatten out quick.

 

Carl's is highly recommended - thanks again to the multiple folks who suggested it.  Rusted Porch, Mazzola's, and Winona's were also pretty good.  Ended up missing out on Taco Cabo and the T-Bar, but I suppose a few things had to be saved for next trip - I will be back at some point.

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Good year to go to Steamboat!  Thumbs Up

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Glad you enjoyed the mountain and town!  next time send me a pm.  Friday's storm was deep for sure.  

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Glad you enjoyed the mountain and town!  next time send me a pm.  Friday's storm was deep for sure.  

 

Will do.  Forgot to mention that a half-rack of ribs + sides at Double Z is a large amount of food for $12.95, and the spareribs are pretty good - nice smoke flavor, and great sauce (very tangy - I hate overly sweet sauces).

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Here are a few snapshots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FU..........................................

 

 

 

 

 

...........DGE!

 

I am SO jealous.

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