Joanne Palmer: Hits with a Steamboat twist |

Joanne Palmer: Hits with a Steamboat twist

An awards show suitable for the mountain town

Joanne Palmer

In 1989, Joanne Palmer left a publishing career in Manhattan and has missed her paycheck ever since. She is a mom, weekly columnist for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, and the owner of a property management company, The House Nanny. Her new book "Life in the 'Boat: How I fell on Warren Miller's skis, cheated on my hairdresser and fought off the Fat Fairy" is now available in local bookstores and online at or

— It's time to roll out the red carpet and get ready for Steamboat's first Snowy Awards. Co-masters of ceremonies of this year's event will be Michael David and Patty Zimmer, two of the funniest people in the Yampa Valley. The event will take place on the outdoor stage at the base of Steamboat Ski Area with simulcast provided by Steamboat TV 18 direct into your living room Sunday. There are nine films nominated for this year's coveted Snowball Statue. Who will get the award for Best Picture? Read on and decide.

"The Lighter" — A "Rocky"-esque tale of an unrecognized freestyle skier. No matter how hard he tries, how many moguls he bashes, how many 180s he spins, he can't get the attention of any sponsors. He toils in obscurity at his night job as a janitor at Thunderhead so he can ski every day of the season. Every morning he arises and bench presses his 120 Rottweilers to develop his core, he snowshoes up to Thunderhead at night to build his quads, but still, fame and fortune elude him. Then one day, Roxy, his girlfriend — the only person to believe in his dream — suggests he don a backpack filled with fireworks and rocket launchers to get attention. He does, and he becomes the legendary Lighted Man of Steamboat.

"Get Slow" — A workaholic stressed-out married woman signs up for a ski week and falls head over heels in love with Slow Sexy Sven, her ski instructor. Sven's chiseled good looks, crooked smile and shaped skis cause her to throw her Blackberry into a snow bank after the first run. At the end of the week, they ski out of bounds into the romantic Fish Creek Canyon drainage for their first kiss. Sadly, her husband triggers an avalanche that kills her and leaves Sven tormented by thoughts of her, unable to teach for the rest of the ski season.

"Carl's Inception" — Through the magic of computer-generated imagery, "Carl's Inception" will knock your socks off as you see Howelsen Hill and Steamboat evolve magically from their humble beginnings into a world-class ski area and training ground that has sent more skiers to Olympic and international ski races than any other ski area. All thanks to the inception and imagination of Carl Howelsen.

"The Steamboat Kids are All Right" — A feel-good movie about a small town in the Colorado Rockies that has the best ski school for children in the country. The Steamboat kids strap on skis and boards before they can walk. It's no wonder Steamboat has more great skiers and riders represented in major races and the Olympics than any other ski area in the country. It's because "The Steamboat Kids are All Right."

"True Gritty Skier: The Justin DeSorrento Story" — A tearjerker story of an extreme skier whose smile was as big as his sense of adventure. In addition to being an athlete, Justin was also a poet. He wrote this about the place he loved more than anywhere else on earth, Steamboat. "Groves of spaced aspens and powerful pines, the tree skiing is the best in the world and seemingly all mine …," the poem reads. "I can't get enough of carvin' at this place, I'd take a day here over a walk in space."

Recommended Stories For You

"The Steamboat Network:" — A sordid story with an intriguing mix of animosity, deception and vindication follows Catty Cathy and how she plots her revenge against her ex-boyfriend. Shot on location in Steamboat primarily in the produce department of our two grocery stores and the downtown post office, this film captures the devastating effect gossip can have in a small town.

"The Steamboat Speech" — Auditions are about to begin for people to read the early morning ski report. This is a job the Marquis de Milner has longed for since age 3. Unfortunately, a slight speech impediment prevents him from getting through the first sentence without stammering. An unassuming speech therapist in Steamboat Springs helps him achieve his dream.

"Black Diamond" — The story of a World Cup skier who meets his match in the Bumps and Jumps races at Steamboat when he goes head to head with Nelson Noolahan. Beset with depression when Nelson leaves him in the dust and tormented by an overly possessive mother who makes him wear a tutu, the skier stabs himself with a ski pole.

"127 Hours" — To experience some fresh powder, an adrenalin-seeking snowboarder skis out of bounds only to get his board wedged under a fallen tree trunk. Although he's free, the boarder won't leave his board until the ski patrol helps him free it. As darkness begins to fall and temperatures plummet, the snowboarder must grapple with some life or death decisions.

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