My family spent four pleasant days in Steamboat Springs during Christmas week. Because my wife and I don't ski, we spent time shopping and dining downtown, which, I am sure, is music to the ears of merchants and restaurant owners. So I was surprised that Steamboat Springs is so lax regarding sidewalk snow removal.
For example, at Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street, there was a large patch of thick ice outside a restaurant that was hazardous and unjustified. It had been a week or so since a major snowstorm, and there had been enough warmth for some ice chipping, shoveling and ice-melt application.
I wonder how the restaurant owner would feel if a dinner party of eight canceled its meal plans because one of them fell and required a trip to the emergency room? That would be a costly, avoidable mishap to the injured and the evening dinner revenue.
Clearly, like other snow-affected locations, Steamboat Springs needs to establish and enforce some reasonable snow removal.