Opening Day has finally arrived! Although Steamboat had a soft opening this past weekend, the resort officially opened today with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Scholarship Day. I’m elated to report that we have top-to-bottom skiing and riding today from Storm Peak Express to the base area!

I wasted no time getting out of bed and up to the mountain for my debut blog of 2015/16. I’m happy to be back in Steamboat and back to working with the Straight Talk family! The excitement and energy filling the base area was contagious. I couldn’t help but share in the conversation with the small crowd gathering at the gondola doors. The familiar chat regarding snow conditions and what trails are open brought back so many fond memories of the beginning of another ski season.

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Early morning Heavenly Daze

I made way up the gondola and got my first-run jitters out on the best trail of all: Heavenly Daze! Conditions were excellent. The snow coverage is incredible for opening day. I even saw a snowcat doing one last groom this morning, making sure the corduroy was pristine. Goosebumps covered my body as I arched my way down Vogue and back to the gondola.

My second run took me down Rudi’s and up Four Points chairlift. I had first tracks on upper Rainbow, and it was magical. A quick trip brought me back down Rudi’s, and this time I headed down to Storm Peak where I met an eager lift-line crowd.

Patiently waiting for Storm Peak Express to open
Saying “hello” to the Buddy Werner statue

My annual hello to the Buddy Werner statue started off what was an enjoyable run down Buddy’s. Again, impressive snow coverage and great conditions welcomed the crowd of Scholarship Day skiers.

As my first bog day comes to a close, I want to wish everyone a thankful Thanksgiving day. Please remember to ski and ride with safety as your top priority! Looking forward to a snowy winter season in the Boat!


Brett Buckles, Alpine skier

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