Closing day of the winter season at the Steamboat Resort is always bittersweet. On the one hand, I find myself thinking ahead to summer in the Rockies and the long days, glorious sunshine, camping, biking and hiking that come with them. On the other hand, we’re closing this winter season with 106” snow base at the summit and 100% of our trails open. It feels like there is so much skiing left to do, but all good things must come to a close.

This season has been, not to sound overly cliché, EPIC! There were numerous double-digit snow dumps leaving white, fluffy powder on every trail. There were some incredible events this season including the continuation of “Friday Night Lights” fireworks every week. And today we’ve got the world-renowned reggae sensation The Wailers playing a free concert in Gondola Square. What more could a person ask for?

So as I reflect on another season in the books, all I can say is that I’ll enjoy the warm days in the near future while holding fond memories of the snow and silliness I experienced over the past winter months. The memories I created with friends and family while tearing up the slopes this season will no doubt live with me for a long time to come. I try not to think of closing day as a sad time. But rather, I view it as the close of just one chapter in my life with a whole lot of book left to write.

Here’s to closing day and the fun and entertainment that comes with it. Ski & ride with care and have a GREAT DAY on the mountain!

Dave Wittlinger, Alpine skier
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