I would have to say in the past week I have experienced more weather conditions then most people will in an entire year. This was a very exciting week considering what to wear, what kind of activities to enjoy, and what to expect. I have done everything form going snowmobiling in over a foot of fresh snow, a mountain bike ride, a hike, swimming at the pool and some dancing in the rain. I have worn everything from shorts, swim suits, ski clothes and rain gear. This is the fun guessing game of weather that I am enjoying for the moment. What activity to do next? What to wear next? Your guess is as good mine, good luck!!
Oh, mud season.
A great time to try new things now that the ski area is closed, but not quite time to hike and bike on trails because there is still so much snow on the ground. It was nice having a relaxing weekend and trying some new things too. I spend the day going out to breakfast, washing my very muddy car and playing a little golf. Well, not an actual game of golf, but golf with computer simulators where you hit the ball against a screen inside. Surprisingly it was a lot of fun even though I had never really golfed before. I am thinking of it as my “Mud Season Training,” so I know what I am doing on the golf course come May or June.
That is all I have left to say, WOW. This has truly been an epic year for Steamboat! I have never in my life seen so much light, fluffy powder in one year. It is truly amazing, perfect flakes falling almost every day since the ski area has closed. Some of you may ask what do you do once the mountain is closed? That is the wonderful thing about Steamboat, even though the ski season has ended there are still plenty of activities to enjoy. Snowshoeing, hiking, snowmobiling, relaxing at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs, testing out the new water slides at the Old Town Hot Springs, ice fishing, fly fishing, going to a movie, shopping, the list could go on and on. My personal favorites are going to the movies, dinning out, snowmobiling, shopping at all the awesome sales and taking my dogs for snowshoe/ hikes. Enjoy the latest snow and get creative!
Saturday was probably one of the best days of snowboarding I have had in a very long time. The powder was so deep and so airy that it didn’t matter where you turned or landed; the snow was there to cushion your every move. It was a great morning, hanging out around the Sunshine lift runs doing all the cruisers that I love, until I went down a run that had at least 4 feet of powder and I got stuck up to my waist in . My friend and I spend the next half hour struggling to get out of the powdery mess. Talk about a good laugh and a good story. Trust me I am not complaining, just laughing at myself for a very interesting day on the mountain. Who doesn’t get stuck once and a while, right?
Tonight I am going to the Ski Jam up at the Ski area. It is the last night and should be a lot of fun.
What is your New Years resolution? Or did you even decided to make one this year? Whether you decided to make one or not, the beginning of 2008 is the perfect time to challenge yourself, set goals and reflect. I tend to make many goals at the beginning of each year and I try to have fun with them and always try something new.
In 2008 I want to learn how to ski. Sounds kind of funny, right? Especially because I live in Steamboat Springs; but I am a snowboarder who wants to try something different. Do you want to learn something new on the mountain this winter too? Check out the Steamboat Ski and Snowboard School and all the classes, activities and levels it accommodates. They have group and individual classes, for beginners like me or higher levels who want to improve their skills.
With friends in town this weekend, I was busy enjoying all of Steamboat’s fresh new powder. Saturday I spend hiking up the Spring Creek Trail and doing a snowshoe loop just outside of Whistler Park followed by a trip up to Strawberry Park Hot Springs. It was snowing Saturday night, so the trip up to the hot springs was really fun. Sitting in those warm pools with the snow falling was just gorgeous. Talk about enjoying Colorado in the wintertime.
Sunday was dedicated to hitting the slopes and enjoying the 9 inches Steamboat received the night before. The snow was great, we all had so much fun. I just wish I was out there today.
Looking ahead to the weekend forecast, it looks like Steamboat is expecting the white stuff the next three days. The forecast shows that snow is likely on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. It will be a great weekend to get out on the mountain and enjoy wintertime weather.
With a few friends coming into town this weekend it will be the perfect time to show off all that Steamboat Springs has to offer. I am excited to go up on the mountain and snowboard one day this weekend and spend the other day snowshoeing just north of Steamboat Springs. I have never gone snowshoeing before; I am looking forward to a good time full of laughs.
What are you doing this weekend? Let me know what you have tried while you were in town and what should I try next…