Jake Barker

Photo by Scott Franz

Jake Barker

Locals 2012: Jake Barker


Are You a Local? Quiz

Take Steamboat Living’s simple quiz to help determine whether you’re a cheechako or a sourdough when it comes to your tenure in Steamboat.

1. White out is used to:
A. turn legs into jelly
B. correct mistakes on a term paper
C. warm up your legs on the first run
D. A and C

2. Three current postal clerks’ names are:
A. Don, Tom and Ron
B. Fred, Hank and Harriet
C. Julie, John and Norbert

3. Locals used to gather atop Thunderhead in the early morning for:
A. advice from Billy Kidd
B. free coffee/mimosas
C. rope drop

4. I try this ski parking sequence, in order:
A. tiny lot below Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square, Knoll Lot, Meadows Lot
B. Meadows Lot, Knoll Lot, Ski Time Square
C. rodeo grounds, City Market, Wildhorse Meadows

5. Drink out of the Lithium Spring and you may get:
A. the trots
B. a euphoric feeling
C. a ticket
D. algae in your teeth

6. The original name of the Yampa River was:
A. Bear River
B. Steamboat River
C. Anything Town USA River
D. Billy Kidd Brook

7. The original hospital in town now is:
A. a medical marijuana dispensary
B. Old Town Pub
C. Old Town Hot Springs
D. a tattoo parlor

8. The following people attended Perry-Mansfield:
A. Dustin Hoffman, Julie Harris and Lee Remick
B. Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake
C. Marilyn Monroe

9. Touch the Buddy Werner statue atop Mount Werner and you’ll get:
A. arrested
B. good luck
C. cold fingers

10. The following Broadway musical resulted from Agnes de Mille square dancing in a schoolhouse in Hayden:
A. “Grease”
B. “Oklahoma”
C. “West Side Story”

11. The word “Yampa” comes from:
A. a flowering, edible root that grows along the river
B. the founder of town, Herbert B. Yampa
C. an Indian greeting

12. The real name of today’s Lighted Man is:
A. Tom Hanks
B. Jon Banks
C. Claudius Banks

13. The name of our local mountain range is:
A. Park B. Elk
C. Zirkels
D. Never Summer

14. These bands played at the Inferno:
A. Dave Matthews, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Sonia Dada
B. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Taj Mahal and the Suburbs
C. Grateful Dead, Jethro Tull and Charlie Daniels

15. The original name of Steamboat Ski Area was:
A. Billy Kiddville
B. Storm Mountain
C. Grouse Creek
D. Wally World

16. The old Routt County license plates started with:

17. Lincoln Avenue is so wide because:
A. it was designed to fit Hummers and Lincoln Navigators
B. it was used to drive cattle to stockyards
C. high school tuba players needed more room at Winter Carnival

18. The train depot once was one of the largest:
A. cattle shipping centers in the West
B. facilities to host Cabaret
C. coal-transfer stations in Colorado

How did you score?
5 points for each correct answer (90 total)
80 to 90: veritable John Crawford
70 to 79: Billy Kidd
60 to 69: five-year ski bum
50 to 59: came for the winter, stayed for the summer
Below 50: just visiting

Howelsen Hill always will be Jake Barker’s second home.

Sitting at the base of the hill’s dormant ski jumps in early June, the Steamboat Springs High School graduate estimates that he has spent a quarter of his life skiing and playing at the city park.

“I’m excited to come back here in five years and see how the young kids who are in training now have grown,” he says. “This is the coolest place ever. I was down here almost every day during the school year.”

Jake, a lifelong Steamboat resident, will leave the Yampa Valley in the fall to study at Middlebury College in Vermont. He may be stepping away from his familiar “paradise,” but the 18-year-old says he’ll just have to take Steamboat with him to the East Coast.

“I want to take part of my community with me wherever I go,” he says. “Whether it’s with my Moots bike or my Fischer Nordic skis, I want to take the experiences I’ve had in this town with me.”

Jake skied for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and his high school’s Nordic and Alpine ski teams. He also graduated summa cum laude and earned the 4.2 GPA he needed to address his classmates during his high school’s graduation ceremony.

Steamboat Springs High School Principal Kevin Taulman says his campus graduates several students like Jake each year who master athletics and academics. Still, Taulman says Jake’s name jumped out of the list of 2012 graduates.

“He just embodies Steamboat,” Taulman says. “He’s a good small-town kid. He’s generous. He’s caring. He took rigorous courses and still excelled at sports. And yet he’s humble.”

Now Jake hopes Vermont will offer him as many opportunities as Steamboat did.

“Hopefully, I can get a taste of everything while I’m there,” he says. “The key to Steamboat is you almost have to leave it to realize how much you appreciate how much it has affected you and defined you as a person.”


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