Her team-mate, and fellow Sochi Olympic athlete, Lucy Chaffer, was a victim of worsening conditions which saw the event’s second run cancelled, finishing in 12th place.
Steele was the third fastest slider away from the start, and maintained good speed throughout the fast 1.25 kilometre track, clocking a time just 0.12 of a second outside the podium placings.
She was lucky that she was the first slider down the track, as snow started falling and conditions were worsening as the event progressed.
“This was a good result for me in the last World Cup race of the season. I feel in a great place leading into the Olympic race,” Steele said.
Chaffer was one of many to become a victim of the conditions, starting 11th and finishing in 12th place overall, just three tenths of a second behind newly crowd World Champion, Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold.
“Today it was not with me. I felt like I had a good run but the speed and time was not there. I feel that I am sliding well and despite the result, I think I can build on this to the Olympics.’
Australian coach, Eric Bernotas, was pleased with the results.
“I am pleased with how both Lucy and Michelle performed today after some challenging racing this second half.
‘It is a testimony to how deep they dug within themselves and continued putting effort forth while believing in themselves and the process.
“I am also pleased with how the coaching and support staff worked, processing clearly what needed to be done in today's challenging conditions when faced with on-the-spot decisions and communication.
“I feel we have all had a taste of many scenarios, which supports the goal of being as prepared as possible for the next race in Sochi.”
The result sees Steele finishing 11th in the Skeleton World Cup for 2013/2014, with Chaffer just 70 points further back, in 15th place.
Australia’s skeleton athletes now set their sights on the Sochi Games, where Steele will be hoping to recreate the form that saw her take a bronze medal in the opening race of the World Cup season.