Last Saturday morning I woke up to a gorgeous pink sunrise, and took that to mean that the snow gods and goddesses were about to pay Steamboat a nice little (or big I should say) visit... and boy was I right! Thank you all for doing your very best snow dancing, it really paid off nicely in the past week. This morning, there was no pink sunrise... but even better, there was snow!
I'm a stay-at-home Mom (and I love it), but the lost art of getting into your car (by yourself)…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 20, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments
Let the Steamboat holiday traditions begin. The Sugar Plum Fairy and all her adorable little angels, mice and snowflakes will dance the "Nutcracker” this weekend...but it appears that during dress rehearsal last night the Snow Queen did a fine job sprinkling both the stage and our ski area with a blanket of fresh snow.…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 19, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
All the snow that has fallen in the last 3 or 4 days has done wonders for the mountain. The ice layer is a distant memory, the groomers have all been refreshed with soft snow and the trees have been amazing. Since the big snow on Monday, the few inches we've gotten each day have kept things soft and fun out there, but we are mostly riding on the leftovers. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, just different.
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Reason No. 743 why I adore Steamboat: It doesn't take much snow to get the mountain in gorgeous shape. What a lovely relief to finally ski some real powder. And it is everywhere.Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 17, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
Hiking to coveted powder stashes is a rite of passage in Steamboat. Two fresh inches atop the 19 inches over the past three days made for the perfect conditions to open new terrain, which is exactly what happened this morning.
Here is an early gift for our loyal Straight Talk readers - Hike-To Pony terrain is where it's at! The entire Pony Express area is open as of today and covered in deep, fluffy powder; however, the lift is not running yet. So, bring your legs and…
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
After many weeks of patiently waiting and quite a few snow dances, our day has come. While Sunday was a great powder day, today really made Steamboat feel like Steamboat again. Last night's snow storm was a game changer... welcome to winter in the Boat!
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
There’s nothing more gratifying in a ski town than the sound of snow falling silently from the sky. Shhh…. do you hear that? Ahhh… nothing.
Flakes were falling sky as I laid my first tracks into about 3 inches of fresh this morning. Finally, after what has been an escalating anticipation of a…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 14, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
As they say, pink sky in the morning, sailors take warning... here, in Steamboat, it should be more like pink sky in the morning, skiers/riders start adjourning (from any obligations you may have tomorrow morning). I woke up this morning to a gorgeous pink sunrise over Steamboat... which means, keep doing your very best snow dance all day long! Snow is in the forecast, and I have a feeling that the weather gods and goddesses are about to grace Steamboat with their…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 13, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 12, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments
Every day on the mountain is different. Sure, I've had more than my fair share of groomer days this year. But the weather in the mountains is complicated and it can change everything overnight. While the conditions may change for the better or worse, nothing quite beats getting to see the morning light across the valley. Even though my day only involved one run down from the gondola (I'll get to that later), just being up there is always an invigorating way to start your…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 11, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
This weekend I left the valley - a somewhat rare occurrence in winter for me. My 2 year old and I accompanied my husband on an 'adventure' to another Colorado ski resort where he had to be for work. While it is always fun to explore and go see other places, everything about my weekend away reminded me of why I LOVE STEAMBOAT!…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 10, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
This morning, skiers and riders were greeted by a beautiful sunrise peeking over new terrain openings across the mountain.
Set your alarms early and hustle up to the mountain! The cold night temperatures are creating amazing early morning conditions on the groomed runs. Untouched soft corduroy on…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Here’s a Monday morning CHEERS to the incredible Steamboat Symphony Orchestra, the Yampa Valley Choral Society and the Steamboat Chamber Singers, who put on a heck of a beautiful Christmas Spectacular in the Strings Pavilion last
night. They even did their part to bring some of their magic to…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 8, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 7, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments
First day on the mountain this season, and it feels amazing! There is always something magical, even spiritual about your first day back on your board (or skis). Simply put, it's part of who I am, part of my Steamboat identity. My husband, son and I traveled to North Carolina for Thanksgiving, and as we drove through epic early season snow to catch our flight from Denver, we were questioning our decision to miss out on opening day this year... and then we heard about the rain. The rain…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 6, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments
Before we talk about skiing, here’s a little slice of genuine Steamboat off the slopes. Witness this week’s Steamboat traffic jam...
When you come to Steamboat you have all the conveniences of a modern ski area, but a good old fashioned cattle drive could still slow your progress getting around town…
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Live in Steamboat long enough and a few things are likely to happen. You will complain about having to drive anywhere that takes longer than 10 minutes, your bike will be worth more than your car and you will eventually become a powder snob. I am guilty of all three of these things. However, this early season has broken me of one of them. It turns out, I still love boarding on groomers.
The mountain was…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 4, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
I ski the same skis everyday, no matter the conditions, no matter my legs, no matter the season. I am a Rossignol S7 devotee, and have been on mine for 5 years, same pair. I love them because they ski great on all aspects, all snow types. They hold a solid predictable edge on groomers even though they are intended as a deeper snow ski, and on all the lucky big snow days, they are a total dream.
Today, just for your benefit, I went out side my comfort zone and tried some new skis. …Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 3, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
It's early as the gondola doors close to shut out the banter of excitement in the terminal. Encapsulated by silence, I soar up and over the freshly-groomed runs and sparkling treetops. The sun wakes the Sleeping Giant in the distance as I tighten my ski boot buckles. Overlooking the sleepy valley, I relax like I'm at the spa as I float gracefully across the sky toward Thunderhead Lodge.…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 2, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
What a thrill to wake up to a fresh powder coat of snow blanketing the slopes today. The new snow depth covered just over the tops of my skis and was enough to delightfully soften my early morning runs.
The sky overhead was still a bit ominous, as if the clouds weren’t finished throwing down…Continue
Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 1, 2014 at 9:45am — No Comments