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With Friday’s opening of the Steamboat Ski Area, locals have less than a week to do those last minute activities or make those last minute preparations before the mountain consumes their days.

Kathy Blevins of Eyecare Specialties said her family doesn’t ski so the longer the mountain stays closed the better for her.

However, she did say a last minute activity includes mountain biking on trails she hopes still are open before the major snow begins to cover the earth.

“There are still some interesting places to see and there are no bugs,” Blevins said.

Stacy Forbes of the Best Western Ptarmigan Inn said she’s been searching around for things to do for customers staying at the hotel because there’s no snow.

“I think the (Strawberry Park) Hot Springs would be my favorite thing to do,” Forbes said.

Along with the Hot Springs, Forbes mentioned visiting the Health and Recreation Center, going on a hot air balloon ride if you have six or more people, taking a ride on an All-Terrain Vehicle or hiking Fish Creek Falls.

She also recommended staying in town to go bowling, ice skating at the Howelsen Ice Arena or shopping.

“Shopping is always fun,” Forbes said.

Forbes said Wind Walker typically begins dinner sleigh rides around Dec. 1.

Forbes said the Ptarmigan Inn has not seen too many cancellations so far this year because of the lack of snow and the postponement of the ski area’s opening.

Although Tara Stroman, owner of Amallama at the Silver Lining, said she’s been working diligently for the past three weeks putting together her new store, she would like to get out and hike the Uranium Mine Trail below Fish Creek Falls.

“Last night I went to the movies. I went to the 10:15 (p.m.) showing of Harry Potter,” Stroman said.

Stroman also recommended to start planning, making or buying Christmas presents.

“People could bead necklaces for Christmas presents,” Stroman said.

Compiled by Kelly Silva


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