I’m one of those people who anxiously waits for the snow to fall in Steamboat. Don’t get me wrong, I love (love, love, love) fall in Steamboat, but I was punch drunk happy when the first snow of the season came on October 8th.  The first snow brings so much promise, so much excitement and so much anticipation. When the first white flakes appeared on the top of Storm Mountain, you could feel the hope for winter in the air.

Now, close to November, we’re in the midst of a winter storm warning and that means the Steamboat Ski Area is working hard to gear up for the upcoming season. We’re in full winter mode.

Sunday through Tuesday we received almost two feet of snow, which will lay the foundation for our base this winter. The good news is no matter what, winter comes and in Steamboat, it comes in abundance. You never know what the forecast will really bring until it’s here, but there are something’s you can always count on in Ski Town, U.S.A®.  Like the western hospitality and friendliness of the folks who call this place home. Saddle up next to a ski patroller or instructor at a restaurant and they’ll be happy to share stories about the best trails on the mountain, or where the best powder stash can still be found. The friendliness extends to some pretty popular faces around these parts. Keep an eye out and you may just run into the likes of Billy Kidd, the first American male to win a skiing Olympic Medal, or Johnny Spillane, owner of three silver medals from the Vancouver Olympics, including the first Nordic medal for the US. They could be sitting on the chairlift next to you, or making sweeping turns down the mountain in front of you. They love seeing other people on the mountain, enjoying their winter wonderland.

And this year there is even more to enjoy in Steamboat. Like the new Bear River Terrace and Umbrella Bar. With an ideal slopeside location, right in the heart of Gondola Square, it’s the place to grab a beer or a bite. And the terraced steps will offer the best view for our Bug Light Rocks The Boat free concert series in the spring.

And be sure to hit up all our new terrain park features. Our park crew, under the leadership of industry veteran Nick Roma, made 30 new and redesigned rails and features for Steamboat’s newly designed progressive terrain parks. Whatever level you are, you’ll find a park that fits your style.

Also new this winter, Frontier is flying into Hayden/Steamboat airport. That means even more flights to get you from anywhere in the world on to the slopes.

Other things you can always expect from Steamboat: awesome, unique and fun events. Like the 37th Annual Cowboy Downhill on January 18, 2011, or the annual Springalicious party April 1-10, 2011.

Everything for another incredible winter season is lined up. Now all I have to do is wait for Mother Nature to keep delivering her usual heaping of Champagne Powder® snow. And just you wait, it will come, and if history is any indication, it will come in abundance.

See you up on the mountain!

Loryn Casten, Guest Blogger