I’m sitting in a cafe watching the most recent snow shower come to an end. Its starting to feel like spring here in Steamboat, but this morning was very much mid-winter! My first tracks pass enabled me to start skiing today’s March 28 FRESH POWDER at 8am! I know you’ll enjoy some of the photos below, but first, allow me to share a few thoughts below…
As you can see from my comments, good insulation makes a difference. Since each fill-up (of propane) was *at least* $300., avoiding 2 extra fill-up’s left over $600. in my bank instead of the propane companies account! As I expect another season in Steamboat, the blueboard I purchased last year for under $400 (a GREAT savings over a $2000.+ “skirt”) will end up lasting me (at least) 3 seasons!
For NEXT winter… I am looking into a system that will allow my furnace to run BOTH propane AND electric – if the rates here stay at 0.08/kwh, it may be a very good choice! The add-on to the furnace insures that warm air gets pushed through the “under-belly” and helps to keep things from freeing up.
At the pace the snow is melting, not only will the ski season be ending in the next 2 weeks, but, the RV will easily be able to travel by my planned departure day: May 1. My itinerary after departure? Initially Wyoming (perhaps Saratoga for some “soak” days near the town LAKEFRONT campground which charges a whopping 10 bucks a night) and then Riverton to a VERY reputable shop (Riverton RV) where I will have some warranty work completed. Then? IDAHO! Another GREAT inter-mountain state! Yup, I LOVE this lifestyle!
Enjoy the images that follow. The last few were taken early on March 28 in the “Sunshine” area of the mountain. It was cloudy, snowing, and actually quite cold – like mid-winter. The other photos, with crystal blue skies highlight an area called “Shadows” and “Closets”. It is a black-diamond glade. I often describe it as “2000 ft. of pure punishment” to my ski school guests! On the day when I took these photos (Mar 19), I took 5 “laps” through the forest – and loved every turn! I also just added a few from today (March 29) – taken mostly from the “four points lodge” at 9700 ft – great spot for lunch!
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So glad you’ve had a great season. I would love to know what your entire winter budget looked like. 100 days of skiing? Sign me up!!!
Well, I cheated! I worked ski school (which I truly enjoy), so, my ski pass cost me $0., further the FREE bus runs from the campground to the mountain and generally takes about 30 minutes, so my vehicle expenses are nil. Propane was about $500. including tank rental (and I’m thinking of adding the electric adapter to my furnace to further cut down on propane usage); electric was about $100 – 130/month (100 when I worry about it; 130 when I don’t care… so, 30 bucks, who cares!?) Food is about the same as anywhere – we have 2 major food markets so prices are comparable to “the big city”. Hmmm… not much else – oh, the site at the campground – $500/month (includes cable, wifi, water, sewer). Did I miss anything?