Stealth storm delivers fresh powder day to Steamboat’s holiday skiers |

Stealth storm delivers fresh powder day to Steamboat’s holiday skiers

Skiers and snowboarders who shook off their turkey hangovers early Friday morning were treated to a powder day at the Steamboat Ski Area with four inches of fluff at mid-moumtain. By mid-morning skiers leaving the slopes said the trail were still soft under blue skies.
Tom Ross

— The stealthy storm that snuck into Steamboat sometime between the 5 a.m. ski report and 7 a.m. Friday left a gift in its wake. I was standing in my driveway as the receding clouds were turning from pink to yellow, and an over-stuffed Thanksgiving moon (I think I actually heard the man on the moon burp) was beginning to set behind Emerald Mountain with the light coming up to reveal a fresh snowfall of four inches.

In terms of an entire ski season, four inches of powder isn’t a big thing. But in terms of transforming a Thanksgiving holiday ski experience, it means a lot. The thermometer registered 12 degrees early Friday, and the dry snow was the kind that leaves a trail of cold smoke in the wake of snowboarders. Knowing I wasn’t going to tear it up myself, I decided to let folks coming off the hill tell you all about it.

From a local’s perspective, Steamboat native Rob Davis said he found “great powder” in his secret stash near the top of the mountain. I knew better than to ask him for details.

Ruth and Craig, from Vail — who declined to provide their last names because they didn’t want their friends back home in the Eagle Valley to know they were slumming in the ‘Boat — said they skipped breakfast in order to get the untracked snow on Buddy’s Run.

“We were skiing above the clouds,” Ruth said enthusiastically. But don’t tell anyone she said that.

Avery Fahey came all the way from Forney, Texas (the suburb in the Dallas metroplex that was declared by the state legislature to be the ‘Antique Capital of the Great State of Texas’), to ski this weekend and was pretty proud of herself for skiing down from the gondola. I was proud of her, too.

And I’m happy to be able to report Avery was not skiing on antique skis from her home town. The question was, “Did she figure out the trick to skiing powder?”

“I think I got it,” Fahey assured me.

The members of the Fahey family weren’t the only Texans enjoying a long Thanksgiving weekend on the slopes.

Tiffani Monell, of Big D, and her son, Zack Monell, 8, were among a group of 12 people vacationing here together. Tiffani and Zack decided to try snowboarding Thursday and skiing Friday. They much preferred the latter. In fact, they were fired up.

I decided not to shatter their mood by offering my condolences about Tony Romo’s second broken collarbone of the football season. Maybe Romo should take up snowboarding. Or not.

“Steamboat is a very neat city, and every one was so nice,” Tiffani said.

The highlight of their trip might have been an outing on Rabbit Ears Pass with Steamboat Snowmobile Tours.

“We had a great time, and Marcia (Cobb) was so good to us,” Tiffani said.

Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Rob Perlman would have enjoyed the enthusiastic comments from the Monells. He was among the skiers who came down from the slopes at midday Friday wearing a smile. I guess Rob must have one of those powder contracts with his boss that allows him to make a few runs on mornings when there’s fresh snow on the slopes. Oh wait! Perlman is the boss!

“It was really solid skiing,” he pronounced.

What else do you need to know?

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205, email or follow him on Twitter @ThomasSRoss1

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