Happy 2018! It’s a beautiful day on the slopes, and it’s great to start the new year with some fast groomers. The sunshine combined with the fresh, cool air on my face and soft corduroy under my skis were the perfect antidote to yesterday’s festivities and a fresh wake up to the possibilities the new year brings.

Beautiful Yampa Valley

Those who were up first thing got a little taste of solitude and open terrain. Early birds were rewarded with lines of homespun corduroy as far as the eye could see.

We have a 10 to 15 degree temperature inversion, so I happily waved goodbye to sub-zero temperatures as I headed up the gondola and over to Sunshine Peak. We will have a few more sunny days and a chance for snow this weekend. Do a little dance, people!

It’s a perfect day to tour the mountain’s freshly rolled slopes, where you’ll find the most consistent skiing. The groomers off Tomahawk were smooth and carvy, and the left side of Sunshine Lift Line was skiing great. Make a few extra turns on lower High Noon and watch for divots and small obstacles on this and other well-traveled runs.

Sunshine Peak

After a few runs on Sundown Express, I zipped up Elkhead Express and over to Lower Rainbow and Storm Peak. Storm Peak face was in good shape this morning as was upper Rainbow on my way to check out lower mountain.

The view from Storm Peak

A little spin on Vagabond and up Bashor lift to See Me was the perfect ending to my ski morning. On my way down, the base was bustling. It’s still busy, so please ski safe.

To mark the new year, we’ll have a super moon¬†tonight, nicknamed the Wolf Moon. Native Americans often called the first full moon in January a Wolf Moon to recognize the howls of our hungry wolf friends in the thick of winter. Tonight’s moon will be the first of two super moons this month, with the next on Jan. 31 coinciding with a lunar eclipse.

It will be an inspiring view tonight, as the moon was already looking especially shiny and bright last night. With this glowing beacon in the sky to start the year, it brings to mind the beauty of setting a reset button, a clean slate, a fresh start. Rather than make a laundry list of things to do this year, I think I’ll turn my thoughts to hope and possibility. I like these words. The ones that say even though our season has been a little dry, 500 inches of snow could still fall.

Sunday afternoon sunshine

When contemplating where to focus my attention and energy this year, I think of the words of a wise college counselor. She told me to simply “do what makes you tingle.”

Here’s to a new year filled with excitement, adventure and, of course, lots of powder!


Jessica Berg, Alpine skier

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