Bill loves Steamboat and Holidays in the Rockies |

Bill loves Steamboat and Holidays in the Rockies

Bill loves Steamboat and Holidays in the Rockies.

There's nothing quite like mach-speed fresh-groomed turns on soft corduroy snow.

Sure it's not waist-deep blower, but it'll do for now. Because after two solid laps down Heavenly Daze at Steamboat Ski Area (and one lucky ride in the 50th anniversary golden gondola car) Bill has other things to attend to.

If the snow waits until Christmas to fall, that's OK because Bill has to do some major shopping expeditions.

And what better place to start than the Holidays in the Rockies craft show, put on by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council. It takes place at Strawberry Park Elementary School on Saturday and features a lot more than just crafts.

Local artists, photographers and creators of unique gift items, apparel and delicious baked goods will be on hand. Santa will be there, too.

But ever-eager Bill doesn't want to waste time changing out of his ski gear as he switches from skiing to shopping mode.

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CLUNK CLUNK CLUNK. He walks into the elementary school. What? No ski boots allowed inside?

Thankfully Bill has a pair of comfy Zipfit ski boot liners inside the hard plastic shells. He got them at One Stop Ski Shop and it's basically like walking around in slippers.

Inside, he beelines it right for the Steamboat Pilot & Today table, where he stocks up on one of the most affordable and aesthetic Steamboat gift items this season. The 2013 calendar (also available for purchase online) features 12 stunning photographs taken by the newspapers photographers over the years, and it's a great chance to make any out-of-town relative jealous.

Though his Christmas shopping isn't near finished, Bill knows there's ample more to do this weekend outdoors. Who said you had to ski in December?