I have one seasonal rule about the onset of winter: Don’t “think snow” until after Halloween. Give it a hard pass and embrace fall.

But once Dia de los Muertos arrives on Nov. 1, the ghoulish onslaught of winter can begin.

Perk up like the pine marten that likes to winter outside my window and welcome to November, my skiing and riding compadres! Snow is officially fair game. Go ahead and think about it, wish for it, dream it, drool for it — whatever weird obsessive-weather tradition you can muster to bring it on.

Change of perspective: WINTER!

Heck, my seasonally-challenged Christmas cactus is so excited about the prospects of ski season that it’s already in full bloom.

Anxious for winter: Christmas cactus at Halloween

Just 20 more days until the season officially begins. Only 19 if you’re down for Scholarship Day on Nov. 22, which you should be, of course. In the meantime, there are plenty of great ways to fire up your ski season stoke:

  • The Chief Theater is hosting the 67th annual Warren Miller film, Line of Descent, on Nov. 16, 17 and 18. Plus, proceeds from the screenings support the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, i.e. the feed stock for America’s winter Olympic team.
  • Start plotting a snow sculpture for the 105th annual Winter Carnival in February or the craft you’re going to build for Cardboard Classic in April. After all, the nights are long and off-season happy hour specials end early. Put that early-November martini-fueled creativity to work.
  • Make sure you’ve got your pass for WinterWonderGrass in February. Because it’s awesome. Ski days followed by beer and bluegrass. I can hardly wait for Greensky Bluegrass to make their Steamboat debut.
  • Start obsessing over all those 2018 winter Olympians you’re going to cheer for in South Korea. And save the date for the 2018 Olympian Send Off. With more than 80 local Olympians who call Steamboat home, we’ll be celebrating the local Olympians headed off to Korea with fireworks and the lighting of a community cauldron that will burn throughout the games in Pyeongchang.
  • Plot your snowshoe pattern for the annual installation of Steamboat’s community snow drawing at The Nature Conservancy’s Carpenter Ranch on March 4. Circle up for art in the morning, ski and ride the afternoon. Check out the ephemeral art that 60+ volunteer local artists created last winter.
  • And because you’re probably going to be too busy to do real holiday celebrations on the actual holidays (After all, there’s skiing and riding to be done!), go to the super-cool Multi-Faith Gratitude Celebration next week. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in Library Hall. Feed your spirit and your sweet tooth as the community comes together to celebrate and offer thanks with stories, music and reflections on gratitude, followed by a potluck of desserts. Plus, it’s a food drive for LIFT-UP, our local food bank. Bring non-perishable food to donate and a dessert to devour.
Salivating over what’s to come

Wash your car. Put away your lawn chairs. Change your tires. Have a bonfire and dance for Ullr.

Let it snow!


Jennie Lay, impatient telemark skier awaiting 2017/18 turns

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