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It feels great to be in familiar terrain. Cutting behind a bush and pointing my snowboard down a tree-lined gully, I scrub speed in a massive powder mushroom and flow with the mountain, knowing a bank turn lies right around the bend. It’s the first time I’ve been in the area all year, and I’m comfortable with its every nuance.
Everyone has their favorite stash on the mountain, and this is one of mine. But with the season’s wacko start, I haven’t dared venture there until now. With Mother Nature finally cooperating in February, it feels like I’m visiting a long-lost friend.
That’s what we want you to feel like each time you pick up a copy of Steamboat Living — that you’re familiar with what you’ll find and are as comfortable turning its pages as you are diving into your secret stash.
Of course, unless your brain cells have permanently been fixated on our snowpack, you’ll likely notice something different about the friend you’re now holding in your hands. We’re sporting a new look and name, akin to your buddy getting a haircut and a makeover.
Why the switcheroo to the magazine formerly known as At Home in Steamboat Springs? Steamboat Living just seems to fit the bill a little better as to what we’re all about.
We feel the new title better reflects what we’re trying to accomplish and what you want to read about: what it’s like living in Steamboat. For every issue, we strive to encapsulate just what makes living here so special. Hence, the name, which didn’t require a brain surgeon. At Home just seems a tad too Martha Stewart-esque for Steamboat, and in our barfly focus groups, no one was too perturbed to see it go.
The new moniker seems to fit, like that perfect pair of worn-in Tele boots or ski pants that stay up without suspenders. And like those suspenders, holding it up on the inside is content produced by the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s award-winning staff and freelancers on the front lines.
They say that the more things change, the more they stay the same. That holds true here, as well. While the outside has changed, it still has the same great content on the inside that it always has had, which this issue includes our Best of the Boat contest, profiles, a real estate column and a family’s journey from Mount Werner to Machu Picchu.
Whether you’re diving into a magazine, a route through the trees or a long-lost Inca trail, it’s great to be comfortable with your terrain.