26 Mar 2015, Posted by Powtographer Ben in Blog, 0 Comments
10 days ago, we thought it was all over. It was hot, it was muddy and every last bit of powder was gone. Yes, every last bit of powder was gone. There was no real snow we could count on in the forecast so with a heavy heart, we pulled the plug on the season. It wasn’t what we wanted to do but it was in fact the right thing to do. We retired the ski boots and slapped on a pair of sandals and most of us took to the Utah desert for some red dirt therapy. It was a real disheartening way to end the season…
A few days ago we heard that a storm was rolling in. We brushed it off as a mere tease. On Wednesday morning, we were greeted with 10 fresh new inches up at the Cabin! There was fresh snow to ski but no guests to take skiing! So on a last minute whim, we pulled together the few guides that were still in Steamboat and we called up some of our favorite storm chasing guests and we filled two cats for one last hoorah!
The snow today was so… so good. It was soft, it was fluffy and it was fast. We even got some faceshots! Everything about today was picture perfect. Mother nature may have been a bit rough on us the this season but we are extremely grateful she came back and let us end our season not on a hot and muddy day but rather on an epic powder day.
Thank you everybody for a fantastic season. You are why we love what we do.
Photos by Ben
19 Mar 2015, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
We are once again getting our asses kicked by Mother Nature. We know we are not the only ones this winter feeling her wrath but it still hurts, real bad. It’s been now a week since we started cancelling most trips. We ran a few cats over the weekend with gamers but now, we are not even tempting folks with a cat ride, corn skiing and extra beer as all the soft turns have run out for us on Buffalo Pass.
We did get teased last night with 1″ of snow falling in the high country. But, rain and lightning in the Valley reminded us that Mother Nature is just toying with our dreams of getting operating again. It’s much easier booking trips than cancelling tours due to unrideable snow. Not our typical M.O.
16 Mar 2015, Posted by Powtographer Ben in Blog, 0 Comments
When we got in the cat today, we told everybody that they were going adventure skiing.
It included going to terrain we have never been to, it included some traverses we have never done and it included some scenery we have never seen. Everybody obliged. In powder drought conditions like we are currently experiencing, our guests understood that this was an adventurous way to to find some soft snow. So that’s what we did. We found some iffy snow but we also found some amazing corn snow in the process.
Once the rest of our terrain heated up, it was game on for springalicious skiing. Everybody had a blast. Like we said yesterday, skiing is skiing, no matter how deep the snow isn’t.
Photos by Ben
15 Mar 2015, Posted by Powtographer Ben in Blog, 0 Comments
Today started off interesting. We didn’t nail the soft snow on the first run. Once we found the soft snow, it was a little further away than we are typically used to. Because of this, our guides were feeling the strain of the current drought we are experiencing. Wrapped up in the slight bit if anxiety we were experiencing, our amazing guests gave us a different way to look at the day…
One of our guests mentioned that every time he brings his crew up to Buffalo Pass, everybody is on a natural high, enjoying the day to the fullest no matter what the snow conditions are. Thanks to our amazing guests, we were humbly reminded that you don’t always need 2 feet of fresh blower powder to have a fantastic day. All you need is a beautiful place like Buffalo Pass with a set of fantastic ski guides and a bunch of your best friends.
At the end of the day, we all were smiling. Why? Because skiing is skiing and its an absolute blast to go skiing no matter how deep the snow isn’t.
Photos by Ben
14 Mar 2015, Posted by Master of Chaos in Blog, 0 Comments
After a couple days off from trips, today we had some gamers go up, including a sweet 40th birthday party for Nicole and a family party who rented a private cat with kiddos.
It was interesting conditions to say the least. Guests were AMAZING and knew about the conditions going into this day so they had fun nonetheless. Thank you for being so awesome! Check out images attached of what we put them in.
We cancelled trips yesterday and the day prior due to giving guests the out and we had cloudy weather not warming up the snow…hence no blog posts from those days on this site.
Today conditions were warm again and looking like next few days will be more of the same. This isn’t helping us up on Buffalo Pass. We are now day to day and have been talking with all guests about conditions and most are pulling the plug on their tours. We do have some gamers scheduled and looking to run another trip tomorrow and maybe one on Monday, both in our Level III terrain which is holding the best right now. We are uncertain yet about Tuesday.
We are certainly hoping this isn’t the new norm for March. If you remember last season we had our best March ever with snow every 3rd day or so. It was cold and epic and just a perfect month of skiing and riding. Most March’s we see drought and warmth and typically get great skiing and riding even when it heats up but not this year.
Like we posted back on January 31st in our blog titled New Perspectives, we have a system when conditions get funkified to how we cancel and tuck our tails on trips. Thank you all for being so patient with us and allow us to do our thing up here.
Looks like a chance of snow from Wednesday to next Sunday but who knows at this point. The snow wizards are calling for a slight chance every day so we are hoping to pull some moisture in the crystallized form to fall on us here is sad, sad Northwest Colorado.