Happy Monday! It’s another beautiful sunny day in the ‘Boat. The slopes are already cooking and weekend crowds have disappeared. Though the snow was firm and set up first thing, temperatures are expected to be unseasonably warm again. By the afternoon, the runs should be soft and perfect for carving turns.

Morning turns on the way to Christie Peak Express

Speaking of carving, I love that Thanksgiving, one of my very favorite holidays, is always the kickoff to Steamboat’s ski season. There is so much to be grateful for, particularly that we live in such an amazing place.

Ice crystal corduroy on Vogue

I am especially thankful that we have enough snow to make long, continuous runs from the top of the gondola to the base this early. It’s easy to feel grateful when the snow is flying and all is well, but it’s a bit trickier when when a binding breaks, we accidentally set our alarm to p.m., or other such minor catastrophes. One of my favorite reminders to be appreciative for all the little things in life is this short film by Louie Schwartzberg called Gratitude Revealed. Check it out if you need a little inspiration this morning.

Sunday afternoon on Heavenly Daze

This weekend offered a variety of conditions, and a great warm up for the legs. We arrived home from the Thanksgiving festivities in time to ski Friday afternoon’s slush bumps on the Daze. On Saturday and Sunday, we opted for the afternoon session, as well. I was happy to feel the familiar burn in my quads. Power through and every run feels a little easier. My husband says we are building up the lactic acid in our muscles. Whatever it is, I’m just glad I did some preseason hiking and conditioning with the fabulous teachers at Steamboat Pilates and Fitness.

We are entering another La Nina winter and though there is some speculation about exactly what that will mean for Steamboat snowfall, it brings at least the possibility of a white bounty. The next chance for snow is tonight and possibly again on Wednesday. Fingers crossed! Tonight’s front will also bring colder temperatures, so there is a better chance for snowmakers to work their magic. Stay tuned to the forecast, and think powder.

A glider circling the gondola Sunday afternoon

With every snowstorm comes the possibility of new terrain opening. Check steamboat.com and the @SkiSteamboat Twitter feed for updates. Conditions can change on a dime, and all it takes is one good dumping for more fences to drop. Until then, please respect the ski boundaries and ski safe.

If you are looking for a fun, uplifting way to celebrate the holiday season, go and see The Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, student musicians, The Steamboat Festival Choir and Broadway star Tiffany Haas in Finding Christmas at the Strings Pavilion this Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for information on the concerts and accompanying fundraiser: Tunes, Tinsel and Titos. It typically sells out, so get your tickets pronto.

Balloon landing behind our house Saturday morning

Happy skiing and riding!

 

Jessica Berg, Alpine skier

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