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Bill loves Steamboat & snowboarding

Bill loves Steamboat and snowboarding

As the sun peeked into the Yampa Valley on Wednesday morning, Bill took a sip of his coffee and waved hello to the lifties as they arrived for their first day of work. It takes real dedication to get first chair, so he got here at 5 a.m.

The line was building behind him when a wave of panic rushed over Bill. "Oh no, I forgot to buy my Scholarship Day ticket," he exclaimed. Bill is all for helping charities, but his spot in line was at stake.

Fortunately, Steamboat is a small town and karma matters. So the woman in line behind him held his place while he sprinted to the ticket office. It's safe to say, Bill learned a lesson about putting the cart before the horse.

The sun came up, the lifts started churning, and Steamboat's 50th anniversary season was under way.

After lapping Christy until mid-afternoon, Bill's legs had turned to jelly so he headed over to La Montana for his first après ski of the season. He had a little food and after a well-deserved shower, Bill made his way downtown to celebrate with a little bluegrass from the Old Town Pickers at Carl's.

On Thursday morning, with Thanksgiving dinner already on his mind, Bill pulled on his running shoes and took to the road for the Turkey Trot.

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4.6 miles later, Bill could hardly wait for his favorite meal of the year, so he went to Steamboat Meat & Seafood and picked up a Thanksgiving dinner for 5. Don't worry, Bill's not a pig — he took it to the Routt County United Way's Community Thanksgiving Dinner where he shared it.

Bill snowboarded all day Friday and barely had enough energy left to make it to the "Light Up the Night" community tree lighting down at the courthouse. With his spirit lifted by the pretty lights, he mustered up enough energy to make it to the Archnemesis electronica show at the Tap House.

On Saturday, in his ski gear, of course, Bill headed downtown for the Sweet Treats on Mainstreet chocolate tasting. He bought a few gifts at locally owned shops — it is Small Business Saturday after all — and indulged in delicious chocolate at each one. Then Bill headed to the ski area for a few turns before the free Bud Light Rocks the Rockies show from Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Funky music filled the air, food and drink specials were enjoyed by all, and Bill showed off his moves until the sun went down.

After such a busy couple of days, Bill needed to refuel. So he went to Noodles & More for a couple of sushi rolls before his night on the town. He would need the energy later on as he danced the night away to an eclectic set of covers mashed together by the DeadPhish Orchestra at Ghost Ranch.

By Sunday morning, Bill had packed a month of fun into the holiday weekend, so he did what a lot of us do on Sunday. He took a few turns and watched the Broncos game at Slopeside Grill.