Ulrich and Janet Salzgeber

Photo by Joel Reichenberger

Ulrich and Janet Salzgeber

Locals 2012: Ulrich and Janet Salzgeber


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

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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