Last week, the population of Summit Country shifted north. The draw? Steamboat received a healthy dose of powder, and snow-starved Summit locals came for a fix.
We arrived Saturday night, in time for a foggy soak in Steamboat’s Strawberry Park Hot Springs to loosen up the legs in anticipation of the upcoming ski day. We drove up Buffalo Pass to spend the night in the car, forgoing real beds for a cheap ski getaway. (We’re Summit County locals on Summit County wages.) The next morning, we woke to a surprise four inches. But whether it was a conservative snow report or untracked snow from days past, we’re soon skiing boot deep champagne powder. We lap Sundown Express, slicing through the legendary aspens, turning over creamy bumps, and giggling like two ski bums on a powder day.
Worth a return trip next week, we think. Then Sunday night delivers 27 inches, Monday brings another nine, and it kept coming all last week. Three feet of fresh snow in a slow snow year? Every Summit County local we talked to was headed to Steamboat. Again we loaded up the car with skis and sleeping bags in the back, coffee ice cream in the center console, and made our way back to Steamboat, hoping for waist-deep stashes in the places only the locals know. —Sydney Fox
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