Steamboat Springs, CO: 3/8 – 3/14/20

When we left Jackson, WY, early Saturday morning on March 8th, the local forecast called for at least two feet of snow beginning mid day continuing into Sunday. We asked ourselves, “Do we really need to leave now?” We actually thought about changing our plans and sticking around for the snow so that we could have the Jackson Hole Pow Pow experience. Yet, we still had two weeks remaining to ski in Colorado until we headed further south for warmer climate. We kept our plans intact.

When we arrived at the KOA in Steamboat Springs, there was still plenty of snow on the ground, coupled with plenty of mud. We settled in and then welcomed a visitor, my nephew Michael. He would be our first overnight guest in our new rig!

The next day, Mike joined us as we embarked on a hike at Fish Creek Falls.

This 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail enjoys a 1,450’ elevation gain as it follows a creek meadow. The trail was snow packed and rather steep and slippery in some parts. While snow shoes weren’t necessary, we still brought and used our micro spikes for most the of the trail.

Snow Covered Boulders & Crystal Clear Water
Taking a break
Snowshoes would have come in handy here.
Check out how much snow is covering the bridge.

On Tuesday morning, Mike took off after breakfast, and Scott and I headed to Steamboat Springs Ski Resort. It was snowing and there was already three inches of fresh powder to play in.

The visibility on the front side of the mountain was minimal, so we headed to the back side of the mountain and skied in the trees. I followed daring Scott! Unfortunately, we were dressed for milder weather and both of us got cold riding up on the long, slow lifts. It would take us less than five minutes to ski down and almost fifteen to get back to the top.

As you can see from our smiles, we were thrilled to have a little pow pow to play in.

By Wednesday morning, the temperature was quickly rising, the snow was melting, and the mud in our campsite was expanding.

Scott wanted to get some truck maintenance out of the way, so I did laundry and we skipped the slopes. We decided to demo skis the next day. It was warm again with spring-like conditions – not our favorite. We quickly headed over to the back side to play in the trees again. We both felt a difference in our ability to turn quickly around the trees, undoubtedly a result of the wider skies with front and tail rockers to increase stability and flexibility while making quick turns.

Friday was another sunny, warm day. Instead of skiing, we made an unanimous decision to purchase new skis at the end of year sale. Since we were leaving in the morning, we would have to wait until our next stop, Aspen, to try them out. Spring was just around the corner, and they were predicting more snow for the next several days. Now, we were the proud new owners of Nordica Enforcer Free 104 skis – his and hers. Scott even bought new boots! He is no longer an intermediate skier. This guy was rockin’ it, and he is teaching me a few new things, too!

During the latter part of our week here in Steamboat Springs, there was news that there were more Coronavirus cases popping up in the state of Washington. We felt quite lucky to not be affected by this nightmare that Europe and Asia had been dealing with. We made our way south to Glenwood Springs, which is about 30 miles south of Aspen, hopeful that our last planned ski trip for the season would have a bounty of snowfall.

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