Locals 2012: Ulrich and Janet Salzgeber
June 29, 2012
A trip to the grocery store with Ulrich and Janet Salzgeber is never normal. It simply can't be when you know just about everyone in town.
"I love that it can take 45 minutes to get a gallon of milk at City Market," Ulrich says.
The two were born and raised in Lakewood in a time when the now Denver suburb was more of a cow town.
They married there in 1976 and moved to Steamboat Springs the following year to help Ulrich's parents run Ski Town Campground.
"I was a little nervous," Janet says. "I wasn't an avid skier and hadn't skied much. Plus, I was moving away from family."
When the two moved here, there were about 3,000 people in town. When you have two people like the Salzgebers, it didn't take long to make friends with nearly all of them. "You knew everybody," Ulrich says. "The only time people would honk was to say, 'hi.'"
Nine years later, they decided to have kids, resulting in daughters, Elisabeth and Anya. "We said we would wait until we matured," Ulrich says. "Well that never happened, but we figured we'd have the kids."
Although the two were young when they married and came to Steamboat, they grew with the town and each other.
Ulrich calls Janet "perfect," saying, "I challenge you to find someone who will say something bad about her."
She calls him charismatic. "Ulrich always says 'hi' to somebody whether he feels like it or not," Janet says. "He'll walk across the street to shake your hand. He makes people feel good about themselves."
Janet works in food and beverage services with Steamboat Ski Area, a position she has held for 35 years (she was hired the same year as Billy Kidd). Ulrich was the general manager of Alpine Taxi until 2004. He now is a Realtor with Buyer's Resource and was named Steamboat's Realtor of the Year in 2010.
The two relish their roles in town. Knowing everyone is just part of the perks — even if it takes 45 minutes for a quick run to the store.
Remembering back to 1976 as a new couple in a new town, Ulrich says, "Back then, we were still young and bulletproof. We thought nothing could go wrong. Really, though, looking back on it, nothing has."
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