Where to beginnnn... Steamboat, you have my heart! 3 days was not enough, but luckily, I’ll be back next weekend. I must have some pull with the snow fairies because the day I flew in, we were blessed with 10 inches of snow! Wednesday I got the official tour of the town of Steamboat which took approximately 12 minutes, lol. It’s such a cool experience to see a small little ski village from the eyes of a local. I got to see where my roommate went to high school, met all of her hometown friends, eat breakfast at the cafe she worked at growing up, and just experience how people live in Steamboat. Thursday we took advantage of the snow and skiid all day! I went down my first double black which was an experience to say the least, lol. Mik’s good friend Dani, who’s now my new pal ;), drove into town after skiing and we all watched criminal minds by the fire until we drove out to Mik’s moms house for dinner! Picture the most Coloradian, western, ranch home, and you’ve got Ms. Totman’s house. It’s the epitome of a cozy mountain home! She was the sweetest and made us lobster tail, potatoes, and a bunch of other yummy goods! Friday we skiid again and the snow was even better. Straight up powder. Remember that double black I said I went down Thursday?Well, this time I went down it. Like on my stomach. I ate shit guys. I probably slid for a solid 15 seconds and I lost a pole, so it’s safe to say it was even more of an experience this time around. Hey, at least I made it down, lol! I was exhausted and sore from trying to keep up with Mik and Dani, but it was such an awesome day. After skiing, we drove up to the hot springs for some much needed heat therapy and I only have one word for you: breathtaking. Okay, two: magical. The hot springs were surrounded by big rocks and countless Aspen trees and it even snowed when we were in them! It was legitimately a winter wonderland. Naturally, we played what are the odds and Dani had to swim to the other side of the cold river. At first I thought, you only live once right? And decided I was going to jump in as well. However, after I felt the water and was like maybe next time. I am a Floridian at heart and diving into a frigid river while it’s snowing out is not my cup of tea, lol. Later that night we went to a little concert, bar hopped with a few of Mik’s buddies, and danced the night away! This mini trip was the perfect ending to my winter break. Now we’re on our way back to Boulder and I am so ready to get back into a routine! From the little 50’s esque soda shop in the town pharmacy, hot chocolate breaks on the slopes, floating in the strawberry park hot springs, to cozy nights by the fire, & hitting up the best little local eaterys, Steamboat will always be a special place. Til next time!