Keeping warm

The mountain finally is open! Although I was stuck inside an office all day (mostly looking out the window at the light flurries of snow falling), locals and tourists got to experience a good day of fresh powder and moderate temperatures for the Yampa Valley.

But what happens when temperatures drop into the single digits, or worse, even below zero degrees?

We’ve asked some locals what they do to keep warm while skiing, snowboarding or doing any other outside activity in the winter.

Julie McKibben of Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co. said layers, layers, layers and Gortex, Gortex, Gortex.

“I also put those little heat warmers in my gloves. Those things are wonderful,” McKibben said.

McKibben has lived in Steamboat for five years and although she didn’t get a chance to snowboard the first day the mountain opened, she said she’s excited to get out there soon.

Tracy Quinn of Northwest Data Services said she charges her boot-warmer batteries for eight hours the night before she goes snowboarding.

“I’m a sissy. When my feet get cold, I’m history,” Quinn said.

Quinn also said taking a few bump runs always gets the body temperature rising.

Quinn wears a helmet so there’s no room for a hat but she said with a helmet a hat is not necessarily needed.

“A helmet keeps your head hot,” Quinn said.

Quinn said snuggling up with your honey in the mountain teepee also is a good idea.

As husband Jon yelled in the background, Quinn said he stops at Ragnar’s for a cup of chowder. Jon also joked that he likes to ski uphill.

“Definitely the Aprski down at Slopeside for a hot totty at the end of the day,” Quinn said.

Alexandra Monten of Sugar Run in Torian Plum Plaza said stick some hand warmers in your pockets.

“It’s a super idea,” Monten said.

Compiled by Kelly Silva

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