Our third ski day was met with a couple of inches of new and clearing skies. We found new places to ski and expanded our range. The Pony Express lift area proved to hold some untracked as well as new terrain to explore. The boundaries were challenged, and many delightful surprises were found.
Our fourth day was a “bluebird” day. Being more familiar with this vast 3,000 acres; gaining confidence to challenge the 3,700’ vertical; and, the ability to see the terrain, many tackled the best it had to offer. New “firsts” were had: Black diamond bumps; Chutes 1,2 & 3; Shadows; High Noon; and many unnamed tree-runs. In the light of day, Steamboat skied bigger than one previously had experienced.
That evening was our farewell dinner at The Steamboat Smokehouse. A group of tired, happy skiers by day were now mingling with cocktails in hand and rewarded to a tasty barbeque buffet while recounting the trip’s exploits. Around-the-table tales were told about the trip to earn their “Champagne” snowflake award. Off to bed for an early departure while recounting in our dreams a personal moment of the trip made for a good night’s sleep.