The Colorado blue skies sparkling in the warm sunshine made for some fun groomers Wednesday morning. Don’t be fooled though, the sun is not here to stay. In fact, we may end up seeing snow every single day until next year! Happy holidays!

Early morning sunshine dresses Sunshine Peak in warm sparkles.

With the help of some recent snowfall, Steamboat Resort is now running 13 lifts to access 97 trails spread across 1,341 acres. As more of the mountain continues to open up, please be aware of early season obstacles that can be found on open trails, but especially in the trees. I would highly recommend waiting until more snow accumulates to venture into Steamboat’s beloved trees.

Fresh corduroy felt great on my early season ski legs!

While more terrain is open, and the fresh corduroy makes for some smooth carving, the big story really is the forecast. On a personal note, my family is coming in from Georgia today, and every time they come to Steamboat, they seem to bring the snow with them. It actually is a running joke and a coincidental thing (or not) in my family! They have been here for the biggest powder days Steamboat has seen, and I have a feeling they are about to see some more.

Snowy ripples today but likely powder starting tomorrow!

Joel Gratz’s forecast model is predicting five storms in the next ten days, with anywhere from 20-40 inches in the next week. Snow will continue after that, but forecasted amounts are yet to be determined. It sure is looking like a white Christmas is in store for Steamboat, and in a friendly little ski town, that makes everything even more merry and bright!

Heavenly Daze with our friendly little ski town below.

Enjoy the sunshine today and get ready for what we all love most about winter in Steamboat: champagne powder®! Oh, and did I mention that my family’s last name is Winters? So really, coincidence or not, Steamboat sure does have some good luck from the snow gods and goddesses coming its way. And now that I think about it, perhaps my aunt, uncle and cousins are actually snow gods and goddesses themselves – the Winters who bring winter to Steamboat!

High Noon about three hours before actual Noon.

Happy holidays and happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder

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