Steamboat Springs Rod Schrage is Steamboat's version of a kid in a candy store.
As the owner of the Ski Haus outdoor equipment store, he says most of the toys any outdoor enthusiast seeks are readily available to him.
"I like to do all the things we have equipment for at Ski Haus," Schrage said.
And predictably, sitting behind a desk doing paperwork is something he likes to avoid.
Instead, he would rather do things like keep an eye on the temperature of the "hot box," which he was preparing on a snowy February morning to cure the wax on skis in the repair shop on the bottom level of the store at U.S. Highway 40 and Pine Grove Road.
One of the hallmarks of Ski Haus is the "store mascot," Tucker, which sits outside. It is a Tucker brand snowcat made in 1956, a classic, which Schrage bought for its nostalgia.
Schrage wanted to learn to ski and moved to Steamboat from Iowa in 1968 to go to college. He started working at Ski Haus, and the following year the business was suffering financially. He convinced his father to buy Ski Haus, and Schrage took it over in 1970. The business has grown and changed locations several times throughout the years, but the idea behind the business is the same.
"We've come a really long way from where we started, and hopefully, we're the same store we were 30 years ago," Schrage said. "I would like to hope this store represents Steamboat Springs. That is what I hope people think."