In the morning sun I stopped to watch a young skier pull her planks over the lip of Howelsen’s jump. The girl tucked back her ponytail, adjusted her goggles, and took a deep breath. She eased forward, sliding down the slope and eventually popping off the scoop and sailing through the air. Silently, she touched down and skidded to a halt. There was no one there to cheer. Only I, across the street, and her coach on the flats witnessed her grace. She simply clicked out of her skis, shouldered them, and booted up the hill to do it again.
The 100th Steamboat Winter Carnival will be held from Feb. 6-10.
Brian Irwin can be reached at email@example.com.