Christmas in Steamboat Springs is a special time of year. Always picturesque, the snowbanks and decorative white lights twinkling downtown add to the festive mood. Many great memories are formed with family and friends huddling around the fire at night, discussing the best ski runs for tomorrow. (I’m starting to get excited already!)

This year however, there are more than the traditional incentives to be in Ski Town USA at the end of December. Announced yesterday, US freestyle and nordic skiers will have a winner-take-all shot at making the 2010 Olympic Team. On December 23-24, a total of 5 Olympic Team spots will be available for the taking. And after the events of the day, “the party continues after the awards are made on Dec. 23 with a night of live music and celebration in the heart of the mountain village.” So come on out and catch the opportunity to see future Olympians compete!