In the 10 years I’ve lived in Steamboat, I think this is probably the worst December for snow that I’ve seen. Remembering back to last December, probably the best I’ve ever seen, it’s remarkable how it can change year to year. But here’s the thing…IT ALWAYS COMES! So let’s all take a deep breath, stop complaining, and realize we have no control over mother nature. Yes yes, I understand that it’s disappointing when you plan an expensive ski vacation and the conditions are less than ideal, but as with any weather-dependent sport, it’s never guaranteed (of course if you come to Steamboat in February or mid-season there’s more of a guarantee then). So let’s just make the most of it. Thankfully, unlike a lot of other resort towns, there are still plenty of things to do in Steamboat: dog sledding, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, cross country or skate skiing, ice skating, tubing, shopping, eating, hot springs, spa day, touring beautiful model units (ahem)… get out there! Use the lack of snow as a catalyst to explore other activities. Who knows, you may just find something you enjoy!
I chatted briefly with a family at the Resort who, despite the lack of snow, was having a wonderful time. Then I chatted with a family who was bitter about it. Attitude makes all the difference. Don’t let mother nature ruin your vacation (or ruin your day if you’re a local). According to some, the conditions are actually not all bad all things considered.
I’ll step off my soapbox now.
This weekend is New Years. There are countless events around town in which you could partake. Many of the town’s restaurants are doing special dinners, and several of the bars are hosting events. Be sure not to miss the fireworks display at 7pm on New Years Eve – Steamboat loves its fireworks displays!
Then we toast to a new year. A new year filled with hope and promise (and hopefully some more snow).
Happy 2012 from all of us at Bear Lodge to you. We hope you enjoy your holiday, wherever you may be!