Steamboat update: I found where the snow lives. A little run called Wake Up Call off the top of Mt. Werner heading into Morning Side. By far my favorite run of the day we actually hiked that area 3 different times and took Wake up Call down twice. Really loved the steepness at the top and how it kinda can't decide whether it wants to be glades bumps or rollers farther down the hill. A comment made by one of my ski pals really summed up the awesome steepness at the top: "I knew it was going to be awesome when you dropped in, made one turn, and your head disappeared." Awesome run. Overall the mountain was way less crowded today than a couple weeks ago, and due to the thaw refreeze cycle we arrived at 11, ate a leisurely brunch on the veranda of Gondola Cafe or whatever it's called, waited till 12:15 and went directly up to Pony Express. Wasn't really impressed with the conditions up there at that point because the snow was just starting to soften up.
After two runs on Pony we headed to the top via Bar-UE lift and spent the rest of the day making the aforementioned hikes. Last run we hiked up to the top and headed down the other side via North St. Pats. Kinda interesting stuff back there and virtually no one other than myself my two pals, and an older awesome looking dude in an old school Olympic jacket and fedora apparently guiding a couple people. We traversed the catwalk out until hooking up with Flying Z gulch to Vortex and doing an encore run down Storm Peak South after catching Storm Peak Express. By this point the snow everywhere was soft awesome mush and we all just went balls out from Storm Peak South to Sunset through Lights Out and ending at Elkhead via Moonlight. Our actual final run was bombing Valley View to See Me just to not get caught in the end of day crowds.
Disneyland was in full swing at the bottom with some Reggae Band apparently playing Reggae. Overall today's Steamboat kicked ass. Especially once we found the goods. Upon reflection I have decided not to shun Steamboat, knowing where to go made a big difference, and I would sincerely like to thank the contributers to this thread for that. It also helped a lot having my A team ski squad with me today. I truly love all of my ski pals, but we all have those people who make us better skiers because of their attitudes, ability levels, general mountain competence, and knowing that they have your back if shit goes south. I had my people with me today, it's that simple. Thanks again guys and girls for your input. Steamboat is alright.