Very warm greetings from my cold, white world in Steamboat, Colorado! We’ve had 23cm of new snow in the last 24 hours, and we already have a 61cm settled snow base at mid-mountain at the top of the Gondola. I also see snowy days and/or cold days in the 10-day forecast, and although I would not dare second guess Mother Nature, all signs indicate an amazing Steamboat opening day on November 24.
I spent both weekend afternoons up on Emerald Mountain in downtown Steamboat Springs. On Saturday we hiked the 3-mile Lupine Trail up to the quarry in snow clogs, but after constant snow all day and night Saturday and through Sunday, too, we were very happy to have snowshoes and poles on the same trail yesterday.
The uphill was challenging but fun, and we took Blackmeer Drive back down, where we ran into three snowboarders, several happy dogs and one mountain biker with the biggest fattest studded tires I’ve ever seen. The snow kept dumping throughout the night, too as evidenced by the 15cm or so that I cleared from my driveway before my slow and cautious drive into work this morning. There are a bunch of smiling faces around here for a Monday!
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