Local Knowledge: Jami Demorest
● By Dan Greeson
Jami Demorest loves teaching kids to Alpine ski with the Steamboat Snowsports School. Photo courtesy of Lance O'Donnell.
What is the biggest difference between skiing in winter versus the spring?
Spring brings warm sunny days and cold temperatures at night, which sets the snow up with a firm surface for fast morning groomers. As the day warms up the snow gets pushed into piles we call “loud powder,” and makes perfect conditions for exploring variable terrain. Keep centered over your skis in any conditions.
What should you wear for spring skiing or snowboarding?
Be protected for changing conditions. Light layers, breathable synthetics and natural fibers next to your skin plus a shell jacket and pants. No cotton.
Any tips for keeping little skiers happy on the slopes?
Take time to acclimatize and get lots of regular sleep. A good balanced breakfast plus pre- and post-hydrating will keep them happy and active. Eating icicles to cool off is always fun.
Favorite photo stop on the mountain?
I really like the action photo stop on Tomahawk below Baby Powder. If there’s a kid that doesn’t like Baby Powder, I haven’t met them yet.
Best place for après ski?
Bear River Bar and Grill is great for families and groups. You can get good nachos and your favorite draft beer. For a rowdier local scene, it’s a short walk to the T-Bar or Steamboat BräuHaus.
Craziest costume you’ve ever seen someone wearing on the last day of the season?
Contemporary costumes like Minions are fun, but seeing a gorilla skiing or riding makes me laugh out loud every time.