Even though its usually the first topic of conversation around town, snow isn’t the only thing on our minds here in Steamboat. It’s why most people move here, why most people vacation here and a big part of why the town is what it is. But in the middle of a long winter, it’s nice to cut loose every once and a while, hang out and have a good time.

This weekend is going to be the perfect storm of good times!

Dragon snow sculpture at Morningside

Aside from being a beautiful morning on top of the mountain, today marks the beginning of our Mardi Gras celebrations. There will be great specials and events all over the mountain celebrating until next Tuesday. So if you are in the mood for delicious cocktails and fresh crawfish boils, you’ve come to the right place. The whole shebang kicks off tonight with a special Sunset Happy Hour at the gondola featuring a sing along piano bar. Just make sure to load the gondola early so you don’t miss out. Check out the schedule of events here.

On top of the Mardi Gras parties, this Saturday is Valentines day. In steamboat that means one thing. Fireworks! That’s right, we are a town obsessed with fireworks. But why not? They’re great. After an afternoon of concerts, crawfish and cocktails, cuddle up on one of the decks with your sweetheart and watch our annual Valentines torchlight parade and fireworks.

In between all the parties, you might want to get a little riding in. For the most part, the groomed runs are where you will want to stay this weekend. Head over to the Sundown area after the day warms up a bit and enjoy spring like conditions on the bumps and freshly groomed runs in the open. We don’t have much snow in the forecast, there are a few places that will remain soft and deep for a while. If you are looking for some quality leftovers, head up to the North St. Pats and No Names. The main chutes will be beat, but you can find some nice lines through the trees if you look for them. Just be careful when you start exploring, some of the lines end in cliffs.

Fresh lines going into No Names

Finally, we have presidents day to add to the fun. Don’t count on getting any banking done, but do count on hitting the slopes with your friends and enjoying the warm weather we’ve been having. Come down early and celebrate our founding fathers with great cajun music on the decks at Bear River from Sundog. I’m sure thats what they would want you to do!

With so much going on in The Boat this weekend, why would you want to be anywhere else.

Dan Tullos, snowboarder

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