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post #151 of 170

Hello,

 

Just booked a long Easter weekend trip to Steamboat.  It will be the first trip out west for my kids who are aged 12 & 8.  I found lodging deals that were too good to pass up at the Sheraton and airfares were cheaper flying into Hayden than they were into Denver, which is crazy in my mind.

 

Upon reflection, I started wondering if there is good reason for such good deals.  I'm aware of the lower base elevation and westward face.  Having never been to The Boat, I am a little concerned that it may be a little late in the season for optimal conditions.  Dates are March 24-28, I guess every year is different and is up to the snow gods anyway.  Powpow or slush, we will have a great time I'm sure!

post #152 of 170

I have skied the 'Boat previously the last week of March on spring break.  Skied powder and soft, spring snow throughout the week.  Yes, they are lower elevation; yes, they have a lot of south facing; but, yes, you will have a great time and with the way this snow year has played out will likely have great coverage.  Plus, with kids 12 and 8, sunshine and warm weather are likely better than blizzards and cold.

post #153 of 170
Thread Starter 
Skied yesterday with @carvemeister and crew A good time was had by all. It was great to finally meet him (although I did say hi on a town bus in Jhole about 5 years ago). Good skier and great guy. The snow is really good; just soft and edgeable,. We got out onto the ridge for some fun I hope to ski with him on Friday. Pics to follow.

Thanks for beers and burger!
post #154 of 170
@Finndog it was a pleasure to ski with you! We all had a great time. The best part about it was that my wife won't listen to anything I say, but when you gave her a few tips on skiing bumps and glades, she ate it right up, cranked it up a notch, and had a blast! What's up with that? Should I grow a beard or something? Yeah, it was spring skiing at it's best though. Weather was spectacular and we really loved the mountain. Today we took the day off since you burned out a few quads yesterday (I'm talking about the anatomical ones). Went to Strawberry Park Hot Springs and it was well worth it. Very rejuvenating, so we're ready to go again tomorrow! Spent an hour or two tonight at The Barley. Had a great tine there - unexpected we'd be there so long or we'd have called you! Time got away from us...

Anyhow, here's the one photo I could muster for tonight between IPA's. Hope we get a chance to ski again!!

(left to right: Me, Yvonne, Finndog, Sue, Ed)


Edited by carvemeister - 2/18/16 at 8:11pm
post #155 of 170
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@carvemeister you guys are awesome.  Glad you got to Barley it is sacred to me.  I am going to do my best to get up today after last nights crazy storm. there should be at least a few inches scattered around by the winds.  BTW- its totally all about the gray beard :) 

post #156 of 170

See last snow day forecast for awhile is Monday, followed by a long dry spell. We fly in to Hayden on Wednesday, first ski day will be Thursday. Even though we'll be there a full week, no champagne powder for us.  :(   Guess I'll only need carving skis for this trip.

 

Finndog, will you have any availability Feb 26-Mar 1?

post #157 of 170

I arrived in Steamboat yesterday, a glorious sunny day, as was today although I took the day off from skiing to do some shopping, laundry, and spend time with my dog. It is now Sunday evening and it has clouded over so who knows what the weather will bring, tonight, tomorrow and the rest of the week.

post #158 of 170

Hopefully a little snow comes in over the next couple days. Some of the lower mountain runs I hit this afternoon especially (Vogue, Sitz), were bulletproof and not very fun. Steamboat got hit with some really weird weather this week. I arrived on Thursday to some ridiculously strong winds that had shut down most of the lifts and the gondola. It was almost pointless to attempt any runs, as the wind would stop you dead in your tracks. Around 4:00, torrential downpours started and that quickly converted to blizzard like conditions before dropping a good 4-5 of snow. Gotta love it. Temps have been very warm though, which definitely isn't great, especially for those people who like the night skiing as the lower mountain becomes an ice rink.

 

Had a great trip, but the conditions weren't exactly ideal.

post #159 of 170

I'm flying into Hayden on Wed and hoping to ski Thurs-Sun (2/25-2/28).  Never been to steamboat before and visiting my daughter who is living there for a year.  My home mountain is Alpine Meadows.  Fingers crossed that you get some decent snow tonight and that it holds up reasonably well.  I would love to ski with Finndog if he has any free time.  Thanks! -Bill

post #160 of 170
This is for those of you just arriving at The Boat. We were there Wed-Sat and I just got home to the horrors of a flat island where I dwell at 120' above sea level. I too was somewhat bummed out with my usual luck of hitting my western trip in the middle of a dry spell. I expected all season to be sticking my freshly waxed and powder hungry DPS Wailer 112's into my double bag to go get some of the champagne powder I always heard about. I was sure we'd get it this year, but of course at the last minute I made the call: Wailer's - Shut Up - you're staying home! Instead, the forgotten old Head Monster iM 78's would be getting the green light along with my usual "tweener skis" the Magnum 87's. It was a very good call to take them because I skied them 4 out of 5 days and they rocked. I forgot how good they were in bumps, for ripping big fast GS turns in crud, and for early morning hardpack - and we had it, until the sun softened things up which it did most days. When it did soften up, it was spring skiing at it's best. Not the powder I wanted, but IMO, the next best thing. We didn't ski Thursday because Finndog burned us all out on Wed! And I suspected the weather could be an issue, so we went to the Hot Springs instead, had a great time, and reloaded for Fri. & Sat. Fri was a nice sunny day, but it never warmed up on the front side as expected and my Magnums had some dull edges and let me down. There was some pretty hard snow on a few bump runs and I had to pack it in by 2pm. Fri. also had some of the worst flat light I've ever seen so early in the afternoon. Sat., however was the best day of the week for us. Spectacular warm day - and we hooked up with @Finndog early for a few awesome ripping runs on perfect soft, loose & pp snow. We were even more fortunate that day as we also got to meet and ski with @marigee who is a great skier and super nice! And if that wasn't enough, we met a few of Finndog's other friends and in particular a woman named Erin, who was also a terrific bump skier! She ended up being patient enough to take me and my often bump-phobic wife into a bunch of great spots and showed us the way! "The Closet" in particular, was a highlight and my wife and I had a blast skiing that with Erin. Meanwhile, our never-before-out-west friends Ed & Sue, made a wrong turn and got lost in the trees somewhere and we separated. They finally bushwacked their way down and later said they loved their mistaken little adventure.

I gotta say that Finndog really made it happen for us in Steamboat!! We absolutely loved our first trip there! The town is terrific and having a condo right in town was the way to go. One block away from The BARley! Are you kidding me? We loved that place. We also had a great meal at the 8th Avenue Steakhouse where you actually cook your own steak after picking it out of the meat case! Very unique concept, a lot of fun, decent prices, and the bison steak I had was outstanding! So, what else can I say.... Steamboat may not have the big bowls or long, super steep lines, but it seems to have everything else to make for a very memorable ski trip. Plenty of ripping wide groomers, some great bumps - in the trees and out, and of course the trees - Aspens and/or Evergreens with tons of hidden lines and pitches. There are a few quad burning steep runs like Rolex, and oh yeah - pretty good and plentiful on mountain food choices. I could go on for a page or two, but a few photos might do a better job. So again, to Finndog - thanks for hooking us up - we all had a blast!! beercheer.gif (sorry I did not get a photo of marigee! But did snag one of us having a beer with Finndog at The BARley, and another shot of his terrific friends, Erin and Peter. Oh, and some cowboy dude skier - probably friends with Finndog too, I'm sure):

Me - Tuesday afternoon upon arrival following 2 days skiing at higher/snowier/colder Copper Mtn:



Me - On my "skinny skis," Wed. morning off Sunnyside lift before flat light and cold set in:


Wed. @ Rendezvous Saddle Lodge:


What I expected to see a little more of at Steamboat (although I'm not complaining):


Four Points Lodge:


Sue, Yvonne, Ed @ 7th Av. & Main Bus Stop:


Thursday Evening's Flurries:




Strawberry Park Hot Springs:


With Finndog @ The BARley:


Yvonne on Friday morning:


Saturday - Erin & Peter with Yvonne:
post #161 of 170
Thread Starter 
Great pictures and great people. Looking forward to hav in' you guys back here.
post #162 of 170

Starting to try to book a room for a 3/16-3/20 visit during US Freestyle Nationals. It kind of snuck up on me since it's a week earlier this year. And I was wondering why lodging prices seemed higher. Looks like Freestyle Nationals runs into Nastar Nationals.

post #163 of 170
Thread Starter 
Check with retreatia.com or look into rabbit ears lodge or Nordic inn downtown. Hope you can make it up. Haven't seen you all season.
post #164 of 170

Heading up for much of this coming week and looking forward for the long-awaited return of Snowmageddon:yahoo: 

post #165 of 170
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Heading up for much of this coming week and looking forward for the long-awaited return of Snowmageddon:yahoo: 

 

Don't you know you shouldn't ski Steamboat in March because it is too low and south facing :duck:.

post #166 of 170
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Don't you know you shouldn't ski Steamboat in March because it is too low and south facing :duck:.


That's normally been my rule too but there's now alternate means of making Steamboat "higher" (ba-doom)....

post #167 of 170
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Originally Posted by rx2ski View Post
 

Starting to try to book a room for a 3/16-3/20 visit during US Freestyle Nationals. It kind of snuck up on me since it's a week earlier this year. And I was wondering why lodging prices seemed higher. Looks like Freestyle Nationals runs into Nastar Nationals.

Do anyone know the impact of US Freestyle Nationals on crowds?  I'll likely be skiing there Saturday or Sunday...

post #168 of 170

Wow that was a great set of days skiing some wild-ass late-season pow with Finndog and Philpug & his merry band of Philly folks (hope to see Hank soon up at WP).   Though here's hoping that David recovers quickly & fully!

post #169 of 170

I only wound up skiing two days. A few cars went off the road (including mine) traveling on CO-14 on Thursday. My back and pushing out cars didn't go well, so the jacuzzi looked like the better option. My car had to get winched out by a snow truck--the driving was terrible.

 

I hung around the Aerial and Mogul site a lot--the lift lines as the bottom were just too crazy and I didn't want to miss competitors/parents/coaches that I knew. Felt like an alumni weekend for me. (Sure beats the high school reunions!) While I don't think that the Freestyle crowds had a lot of impact, I think it was actually the spring break crowd that made things crazy.

 

I didn't bring the camera but took some videos of moguls. I haven't looked to see how they came out, but I'll try to post some.

 

Hmmm, I have 4 days left on my RMSP+. When does Steamboat close?

post #170 of 170

This thread is locked, as the 2016-17 thread has started!!

 

You can find it here :

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/147347/steamboat-springs-ski-up-thread-for-2016-17-whos-coming-out

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