Yesterday, as my husband and I watched our son push his sled (the old-fashioned wooden kind) down the street, this happened…

I’m calling it Moonglow. We all (including our two dogs) took a moment to admire Steamboat’s raw beauty.  As the glow faded and the moon grew brighter, I counted my blessings for being able to live in beautiful and friendly Steamboat Springs.  Ahhh…

This morning, as I rode up the gondola, I watched the Saturday morning hikers skin up Heavenly Daze, earning their turns.  Even as I rode up Four Points I saw a few hikers making their way to the top of Storm Peak… what a way to start your day!  A few years ago, my husband and I skinned up the mountain from the base to the top of Storm, and wow, what an exhilarating feat.  It’s in true Steamboat fashion to get out and earn your turns as we like to call it, but it is also a good reminder to familiarize yourself with Steamboat’s Uphill Access Pass Policy & User Guidelines.  In short, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation permits uphill traffic with limited restrictions, and has implemented guidelines to promote saftey and minimize conflicts.  If you are planning to skin up the mountain, check out the policy and take a signed copy to the Information Center to receive your reflective band that serves as your Uphill Access Pass. 

View of the Yampa Valley

Today, it’s all about that groomer, ’bout that groomer… and hopefully (fingers crossed), tomorrow it will be all about that powder, ’bout that powder.  Steamboat rang in the New Year with some downright frigid and frosty temps… accompanied by plentiful sunshine and amazing views.  Today, it’s quite a bit warmer than it has been all week, and best of all, it looks like snow is in the forecast!  In fact, as I enjoyed my early morning groomers, delicate little snowflakes were starting to fall from the sky… so get out there and enjoy a day of groomers before the champagne powder® dresses our mountain once again!    

Snow on sunset

My runs of choice this morning were Rudi’s, Sunset to Moonlight, High Noon to Rolex and then down Vagabond, which I for some reason or another had not ridden all year.  All of these runs were nicely groomed and waiting for some soft, fun turns to be had.  I would leave the trees alone until the snow falls as they were crunchy and skied out, but again, with the snowy forecast, I have a feeling that I’ll be playing in the trees early tomorrow morning!

If you’re a snowboarder like me, the Free Burton Demo Days are going on today and tomorrow at the Sheraton Ski & Sport.  For the past 14 years I’ve ridden Burton boards and I swear by them, so I would definitely recommend taking advantage of a free demo, especially this one.  And starting up next week is the 30th Annual Steamboat MusicFest – you’ll notice the tent being set up in the Knoll Parking Lot as of this morning (so you might want to consider parking in the Meadows Lot for now, although part of the Knoll was still open for parking this morning).  Even after a busy and fun holiday season in Steamboat, there is still a lot going on and always, a lot of fun to be had. 

Until next time, snow dance, snow dance and snow dance some more…

Erin Campbell, snowboarder

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