I’m in my 30s, and I’m lame, so going to the bars on New Year’s Eve isn’t really my jam anymore. I’d rather snuggle up with my dog and watch movies at home. This year, I decided to head to Gondola Square to watch the New Year’s Eve torchlight parade and fireworks, and then make a few turns afterward.

I think I found my new New Year’s Eve tradition.

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Gondola Square was packed with Steamboat visitors and their children, who were waiting in anticipation for the sky to light up during the festivities. I put on my skis and headed straight for the Christie Peak Express line — a great place to watch the show.

The crowd cheered as the SnowSports School instructors formed a 16, then a 17, and then snaked down See Me and Stampede. Fireworks shot from two locations shortly thereafter, and then the night skiing lights turned on, inviting people from across the Yampa Valley to come ski.

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I’m not exactly a morning person, so First Tracks at 5:30 p.m. is more my speed. I got second chair (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club kiddos snagged the first one) and was eager to carve the fresh corduroy that would greet me at the top.

Following a sunny, bluebird day, it was a beautiful night with a few clouds starting to move in ahead of our forecast New Year’s storm. Our trusty forecaster Joel Gratz over at Open Snow says Steamboat could get 10-20 inches next week with flakes starting to fall on Sunday and powder days starting to rack up Tuesday. (See his forecast here.)

We get spoiled in Steamboat. Nearly 90 inches (89.25″) piled up in December with snow falling 22 of 31 days — 9 of those being powder days.

Here’s to Mother Nature keeping the snow streak alive in 2017. Happy new year!

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Nicole Miller, digital communications manager

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