Rod Podszus: Good luck with that
July 30, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Good luck with that
My wife and I are longtime fans of Steamboat Springs. We've been vacationing in the area for over 30 years. We're also former property owners. Lately we've been thinking that it would be nice to own a place again so we've been checking out the town.
Downtown seemed nice … new condos, new restaurants, lots to do, and close to the trail and bus lines. So last week we rented one of the condos on Yampa Street. What a disappointment. We felt we had stumbled onto a nonstop drunken fraternity party. The yelling, screaming and brawling lasted till 2 or 3 a.m. Loud music blasted the valley all day. It followed us up Howelsen Hill and all along the bike trail. So much for enjoying the beauty of the Yampa Valley.
I feel sorry for anyone who's bought one of those nice new condos downtown. We were just renters, so we're not stuck there. And believe me, we won't be buying anything downtown. We may consider the mountain, but locals told us that plans are under way to develop a music venue up there, too. We'll postpone our decision until we see what that site looks like. We'll also expand our property search to other areas, such as Crested Butte, which still seem to value their natural resources more than the party crowd.
And for the record, we're not old senior citizens who live in a cloistered environment. We live in a large city, in a mixed-use neighborhood, four blocks from a college, with renters on our block. We're used to traffic and lots of activity. We cycle, ski, kayak, snowshoe, hike, shop, eat out and spend a lot of money when we come to the mountains. So it saddens us that Steamboat Springs seems to be turning its back on its traditional vacation activities and instead seems to be pursuing a LoDo atmosphere and a spring break kind of crowd. Good luck. Hope it works out for you.