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The Pony Express

Growing up, The Polar Express was one of my very favorite Christmas books.  Now, as I read it to my 18 month-old son (who, mind you, can hardly sit still for a page or two in most books), I see the magical wonder in his eyes.  Sheer amazement, pure magic.  The Polar Express truly is a special gift to share the holiday spirit with someone special.  What is also a special gift to share the holiday spirit is the opening of Pony Express... yee-haw!…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 24, 2014 at 10:46am — No Comments

Romance & Ragnar's

There is nothing more romantic than sipping hot chocolate with your honey in front of the fire in a ski lodge after a day of powder skiing.  A couple of inches of fresh snow overnight and skiing with the Mr. this morning is my definition of love.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 23, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Tricky

Welcome to a snowy start to the Christmas week here in Steamboat!

 

 

While it is snowing this morning and there are fresh turns to be had today, mother nature is being a bit tricky with us right now.  We are always thankful when it snows, but the current conditions are making it…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 22, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

And the Skies Over Steamboat are Snowing

A big, phat “Happy Winter Solstice” to you this fine day in Steamboat Springs.  And it seems that the clouds overhead have decided to crack open the Korbel® in celebration.  Giant champagne powder® snow flakes are dumping on our mountain today and conditions are getting better by the minute.

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 21, 2014 at 10:07am — No Comments

Morning Meditation

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)…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 20, 2014 at 10:43am — No Comments

Fresh snow, a Steamboat holiday tradition

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.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 19, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Steamboat Leftovers

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.

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 18, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Let's talk about the backcountry, baby

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.

One of the fun things about this time of year is there are so few people compared to the amount of terrain that is open, so even the…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 17, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Yeehaw! Powder Stashes in New Terrain

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…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 16, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Game Changer

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!

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 15, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Fresh Snow

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…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 14, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

Pink sky in the morning...

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…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 13, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments

Flip The Switch

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 12, 2014 at 11:30pm — No Comments

Short and Sweet

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…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 11, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

There's no place like home

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!…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 10, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Sunrise Over New Terrain

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…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 9, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Follow the Sun

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…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 8, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Skiing in the Clouds

Tiny snow crystals are falling from the sky and the groomed terrain on the mountain is holding up nicely. All in all, this is a great day to be on the mountain.







Heading my way down to the upper mountain lifts, Rudi’s Run was in as good of shape as anyone could hope. The surface was smooth and the… Continue

Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 7, 2014 at 10:25am — No Comments

Saturday Surprise...NEW TERRAIN OPEN!!!

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…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 6, 2014 at 10:47am — No Comments

On traffic, today's dusting of freshies, and Steamboat cows.

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…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on December 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

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