As I write this blog, Steamboat Resort has exactly 1 day, 10 hours, 35 minutes and 18 seconds until Opening Day this Friday, November 15th. Not only is it the earliest Opening Day that I can remember since I moved here 13 years ago, but even more impressive, it’s the earliest Opening Day ever for Steamboat Resort!

Opening Day for the 2018/2019 ski season with my family

On Friday, Christie Peak Express will open with access to 10 trails and parts of the Lil’ Rodeo Terrain Park. After mid-mountain received 63 inches of snow in the month of October and unusually cold temperatures, opening early became a reality for Steamboat Resort.

The highly-anticipated and new gondola will begin running Saturday, November 23rd as planned, but in the meantime, for $50 you can ski lower mountain terrain off of Christie Peak. In addition to reduced daily lift tickets for the first week, all season passes will be valid starting Friday.

The new gondola will begin running Saturday November 23rd as planned

The announcement last week of the earliest ever Opening Day for Steamboat Resort created much excitement around town and quite the frenzy in local ski shops. Ski Haus, a local’s favorite, offers half price tunes for about a month from mid-October through mid-November. They are always busy tuning skis and snowboards in the early season, but this year, with the early Opening Day announcement, the technicians were busier than ever!

For me, this was the year to upgrade my ski gear, and after getting a new pair of Harvest Skis and new Look bindings, it was time for new ski boots. Surefoot, located in One Steamboat Place, offers a unique and 100% custom process for ski boot fitting.

The Surefoot store in One Steamboat Place at the base area

Upon arrival at Surefoot, I started that customized process with an insole scan that measures your foot in 538 places to produce a 3-D map of the bottom of your foot. Talk about precise! From there a Surefoot technician helped me choose the right boot and molded insoles per my exact measurements. The part of the process that is the most fun is when you get to create your own custom liner. With your foot in your ski boot (including your custom insole and unfilled liner), a Surefoot technician injects a gel-like foam into the shell lining. It takes about 5 minutes per ski boot for the foam to solidify and create a protective and flexible liner that molds perfectly to your unique foot and ankle. At the end of the whole process, the support and comfort I felt in my new ski boot was second to none!

My new Surefoot boots I cannot wait to try out on Opening Day!

With Opening Day approaching ever-so-quickly, I can barely wait the now 1 day, 10 hours, 33 minutes and 47 seconds to try out my new Harvest skis, Look bindings and Surefoot ski boots! Enjoy one more day of “mudseason” in Steamboat because come Friday, the 2019/2020 ski season will be upon us!

Happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder

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