With only one more week until Opening Day, Steamboat looks and feels very much ready for the 2018-2019 ski season to begin.  Consistently cold temperatures and decent snowfall have defined November this year, making the start of ski season especially exciting and anticipated.

Snowy river views with the mountain peeking out from behind the trees Wednesday morning in Steamboat.

November is a month full of surprises when it comes to weather.  Some years, the weather may be very mild with a lot of sunshine and very little precipitation.  Other years, the weather may be cold with more cloud cover and more precipitation.  This year, The November Chill (as I like to call it) arrived at the very beginning of the month and has yet to leave.  We’ve seen decent snowfall so far this month and more impressively, very consistently cold temperatures for this time of year.  Most mornings have seen single digit temps and even daytime highs are barely hitting 20 degrees some days.  These conditions are especially helpful for Steamboat’s snow-making crews who have been hard at work the past few weeks, already creating an 18 inch base and making sure that Opening Day is one to remember!

Snow-making crews have been working hard to make Opening Day one to remember!

Next Wednesday, November 21st, one of the most anticipated days of the year in Steamboat Springs, will be full of fun festivities starting at 7:30 AM in Gondola Square.  From complimentary Korbel Mimosas and Champagne Powder Donuts to a special performance by Ute Indian Tribe Snow Dancers and Drummers to free Ohana t-shirts for the first 100 skiers and riders to a check presentation to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Opening Day is sure to kick off the ski season in excellent fashion.  Please note that all passes, including Ikon, Ikon Base and Steamboat-specific passes will be valid on Opening Day.  Regular priced lift tickets will also be available for purchase.

Gorgeous Yampa Valley and mountain views Wednesday morning in Steamboat.

When November rolled around, I wasn’t quite sure that I was ready to put my mountain bike away for the year.  However, as ski season is a quickly approaching reality, I can make peace with putting my bike away and getting out my skis and snowboard.  The mountain looks ready, the valley looks ready and I feel ready for another amazing winter in Steamboat.  I moved out here to ski for just one winter in 2006-2007, and here I am, getting ready for my 13th ski season in the ‘boat.

Sledding with my son in our front yard, enjoying what The November Chill has already brought us.

In the week ahead, get out and play in the snow we already have.  Head up to Rabbit Ears with your snowshoes or cross-country skis, check out Bruce’s Trail with your skate skis, build a snowman with your kids or find a fun little sledding hill that will surely facilitate endless giggles.  There is plenty to enjoy from what The November Chill has already brought to our beloved valley and mountains above.

Gorgeous and shimmery Yampa Valley views Wednesday morning in Steamboat.

Happy Wednesday!

Erin Campbell, Alpine Skier & Snowboarder

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