The arrival of snow in Steamboat
13 Nov, 2009
Living in a mountain town has its ups and downs, but the one constant reminder of why you live here is for the reason I woke up with a smile on my face today, SNOW!
I anxiously await the arrival of snow, sometimes we get teased because it’s too early for it and other times we know that a warm spell will drive it away. When you know that it’s the last time you will see grass in your small mountain town, it’s something to feel good about because it means the snowboard season is about to begin.
I live in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in what I consider a small mountain town, it’s off in the distance of other mountains but its considered a destination resort and it has real people who live here. The town is known for being friendly and while I wish I had Willie from Bluebird driving around yelling fuck at people…it wouldn’t make this town what it is. For those who live here, we’re happy because we live in a place where people spend vacations but we know that tourists pay our living so why insult them or be mean to those willing to live in cities and support our mountain?
Yesterday the mountain was bare except for a real white ribbon of death patch from snowmaking and today I woke up to a couple inches of new snowfall…the first of plenty to start out our season. So this morning it meant playing outside with my dog for her chance to eat the snowfall that would soon stack up outside my house and make my commute to work now longer than 5 minutes.
There is still another 12 days till my mountain opens but I’m counting down and looking forward to another amazing season on snow.
I’ve lived in Steamboat since 2006 and I’m now coming up on my last season here as I start to look to see what other opportunities lie ahead when my lease comes to an end in May. While Steamboat holds a place in my heart, it’s not the end of the road for my travels yet.