It’s another powder day in the ‘boat! Memorial Day has come and gone, Steamboat Resort has opened for the summer (weekends only until June 14), yet the snow remains. I awoke to about 4 inches of new snow at our house this chilly Tuesday morning while the top of the mountain awoke to nearly a foot of new snow from this most recent storm.

CHAMPAGNE POWDER® SNOW CAM
Located at the top of Sunshine Peak at 10,384′

I’ve lived in Steamboat for almost 13 years, and this is the snowiest May that I can remember. In my blog last week, I highlighted how great all of this moisture is for our water table in the Yampa Valley, and the same holds true this week as well. In fact, as I sit here writing, it’s dumping (snow) outside, and at this point, the only real thing to get excited about is how great this moisture is for the water table.

A snowy dog walk this chilly Tuesday morning.

This past weekend was opening weekend for Steamboat Resort, and while Christie Lift didn’t run due to wet trail conditions, several other fun activities did open for summer operations. The Outlaw Mountain Coaster, Kilimanjaro Climbing Wall, Maverick Mini Golf and Stagecoach Bounce House were all open, along with Timber & Torch and Gondola Joe’s. Steamboat will be open on weekends until daily operations resume for the summer starting June 14.

Seasons collide as crabapple blooms are ready to peek out yet heavy snowflakes rest on the leaves and branches.

In regards to the gondola construction, the helicopter removal of upper mountain towers is expected to begin later this week, and after today, the weather looks much more accommodating for such work. In fact, I’m willing to bet that this is the last snowfall of the season and that after today, spring will finally arrive and stick around (before summer arrives in less then one month). Starting Thursday, sunshine is expected to return to Steamboat and temperatures will start warming up to the high 60’s and even into the low 70’s next week.

June lupine blooms last year, allowing the bees to get to work.

June is one of my favorite months in Steamboat as it marks the start of summer, which if you didn’t know, is just as amazing in Steamboat as the winter. In fact, there is something known as the Yampa Valley Curse around here, you may have heard of it, and it took hold of me almost 13 years ago. In Steamboat, they say that you come for the winter and stay for the summer, and I can attest to that being true for me. I moved to Steamboat after college to be a ski instructor, and while I loved every minute of that winter, I decided to stay for the summer, and equally loved every minute of that summer. Once the snow melts and the Yampa River runs through a sparkling green valley and wildflowers bloom in every color on the mountain tops, it becomes easy to understand the irresistible magic of Steamboat Springs.

The irresistible magic of Steamboat in the summer (Emerald Mountain).

Summertime in Steamboat can come quickly and sometimes leave sooner than we’d like, but while it’s here, it’s packed full of fun. It’s impossible to name them all, but some of my favorite summer events include the Yampa River Festival, Steamboat Springs Farmer’s Markets, Steamboat Free Summer Concerts, July 4th Celebrations, Balloon Rodeo and Art in the Park, Steamboat Stinger and the Coca Cola® Movies on the Mountain. Of course biking, hiking, camping and paddleboarding also define summertime in Steamboat for my family, and around here, the opportunities are endless. For more information on summertime events, please visit either Steamboat’s Event Calendar or the Steamboat Chamber’s Event Calendar.

Biking opportunities are endless in Bike Town USA.

Today I sign off from blogging until September, so until then, have a fantastic summer and remember to live every moment, laugh every day and love beyond words.

Summer sunset on Buffalo Pass in 2018.

Happy Summer & Happy Tuesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier, Snowboarder & Mountain Biker

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