Posting this on the Winter Solstice seems just about right….we have been hammered by a 5 or 6 day storm that has erased any lack of snow we might of had. A small shift in the jet stream and wham! We are running in the positive for snow fall….at-least for now.
You see, Steamboat averages about 350 inches of snow fall per year…that’s about 29 feet of snow…some years more, some less, but on average…loads of snow. Our little town thrives on the white stuff and many of our friends and family make a living that depends on it….so we give in. We need it…the snow provides jobs, outdoor activities and tacky trails come spring and summer.
Being a cyclist in such a place means you have to get creative when it comes to riding and/or training…simple things like riding to run an errand become epic outings….and such outings provide a contact with the bike, even if brief, that allows us to maintain skills and sanity at the same time.
I made a run over to Orange Peel Bicycle Service the other day for one such errand and ran into mixed conditions….un-plowed bike path, deep snow main street and the storm really hadn’t even hit yet. Life’s an adventure right?
On this Solstice we welcome winter for better or worse…from here on out the days get longer…and more than likely snowier.