Let me start by pointing out that Steamboat doesn’t “need” snow as it is officially 100 percent open for the season.  However, it’s the week before Christmas and who doesn’t wish for some fresh flakes for the holidays?  So, in true Christmas spirit, Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

 

Wednesday morning in Steamboat gave skiers and riders a fun little surprise with a few inches of fresh snow sitting on top of smooth corduroy.  Despite the winds whipping around the valley and the mountain, the snow that fell was not wind-blown and made me feel as if I was gently floating in the clouds that were hovering around upper mountain.

The skies were dynamic and quite impressive this morning, making for some spectacular views into the valley and beyond.  Dynamic skies usually bring the winds, and that was the case this morning.  Storm Peak Express was not running at 9 AM, and according to the Steamboat app, it is still on hold.  With windy weather, you’ll want to make sure you pay attention to the current lift status, as high winds can cause some lifts to shut down for safety purposes.  Check the Steamboat Ski and Resort app for the latest and most updated information.

 

Despite the winds this morning, warmer temperatures dominated the mountain, which usually means that snow is on the way.  The Steamboat Daily Snow forecast is predicting a few more inches throughout the day, as well as more storm systems moving in Saturday and early next week.  Last year I remember getting about 3 feet of snow around Christmas, so if we’re all really good in the week ahead, maybe Santa will make our Christmas wishes come true!

As I rode up Four Points Lift this morning, watching the snow-dressed pine trees dance in the wind made me think of all the wonderful things about Christmas time in Steamboat.  For starters, the base area is very festive with its massive and beautifully decorated Christmas tree, complete with presents underneath.  Santa’s Workshop at the base area is also quite festive and ready for the Holiday Festival on Sunday afternoon with its adorable decorations.  On Sunday from 2 PM to 5:30 PM there will be all sorts of fun activities including the Santa Parade on horseback, cookie decorating, visiting Santa at his workshop, live music, a special Christmas story time and even a torchlight parade and fireworks at the very end.  Check out Steamboat’s website for more information on the Holiday Festival.

Speaking of fireworks, Steamboat Friday Nights kick off this Friday with a special performance by We’re Not Clowns at 3 PM, followed by a Light Up Ski Parade, Trivia Night and my sons’ favorite event, fireworks at 7:30 PM.  Now is the time of year where my boys expect fireworks at least once a week, if not more, and Steamboat in a very festive fashion, always delivers and never disappoints.

If that’s not enough for holiday spirit at Steamboat Ski Resort, don’t miss out on the Sleigh Ride Dinner to Ragnar’s (at Rendezvous) for a cozy, Scandinavian-inspired meal, complete with live acoustic music on Friday and Saturday nights.  During the holidays, Ragnar’s is open additional nights, so make sure to check the website for more information.  Also worth noting is the incredible Four Points Snowcat Dinner featuring a five-course Italian meal with spectacular views of the valley below.  I’ve done both of these special dinners, and I can honestly say that they are absolutely worth it and come highly recommended.  The food is delicious and the adventure of getting to dinner is certainly one to remember!

Steamboat really knows how to make the holiday spirit come alive, making it a very special place this time of year.  With incredible early season snowfall and a mountain that is 100 percent open, the only thing left to wish for this holiday season is that champagne powder® that we all love oh so much.  So, in true holiday spirit, Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Happy holidays and happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier

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