Shayla Stabb, 5, of Broken Bow, Neb., brought her own bicycle fitted with skis to Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area had a blast making laps on the magic carpet lift. Three generations of the Stabb family spent four days at Snowy Range during Presidents Day weekend.

Photo by Tom Ross

Shayla Stabb, 5, of Broken Bow, Neb., brought her own bicycle fitted with skis to Snowy Range Ski and Recreation Area had a blast making laps on the magic carpet lift. Three generations of the Stabb family spent four days at Snowy Range during Presidents Day weekend.

Snapshot of Presidents Day weekend at Snowy Range

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Have you skied at Snowy Range ski area in Wyoming?

  • Yes, and I loved it. 34%
  • Yes, but I didn’t like it. 4%
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Former Steamboat Springs resident Greg Hampshire, now of Cheyenne, Wyo., was making a return to skiing after breaking his tibia plateau two years ago.

He brought his snowboarding son Ryan, 15, along with him.

“Things are going pretty well so far,” he said. “I just have a little stiffness.”

Hampshire worked at the Stoker Bar & Restaurant at Steamboat Ski Area and at The Tugboat Grill & Pub in 1984.

Suzie Eklund, who ranches east of Cheyenne, brought her two grandchildren for their second Snowy Range visit of the winter.

Another grandmother, Kathy Staab, was sitting in the warmth of one of the big windows in the cafeteria while two teenage granddaughters helped 5-year-old Shayla Staab prepare to go outside with her ski bike. Kathy Staab said her family was in the midst of a four-day visit from Broken Bow, Neb., a six-hour drive away.

The Mullally family, of Seward, Neb., about 23 miles west of Lincoln on the Big Blue River, posed for a photograph in front of the lodge during a break from skiing Snowy Range for the first time on the recommendation of friends back home.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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