I still remember it sitting under the Christmas tree: a Snurfer. My five siblings and I raced it outside to the hilly yard of our home in Boulder and started schussing down the hill. And here in Steamboat Springs, this wintertime backyard fun is even easier.
Well, we asked for it, and we got it. No, not the largest snowfall and runoff season on record, but an equally proportionate deluge of nominations for this issue of At Home in Steamboat Springs' annual Locals section.
Bored on the drive from Kremmling to Steamboat Springs? Try counting signs. F.M. Light & Sons signs, to be exact. In all, there are 99 such signs strewn about the highways of Northwest Colorado and one more at the rodeo grounds for an even 100.
Mr. Rogers has nothing on the folks in Fairview. The neighborhood at the base of Emerald Mountain gets to know its neighbors at its annual Fairview Fiesta, held on the Sunday before school starts every August.
Bird watchers cherish North Routt mating ritual
Once a huge part of Northwest Colorado’s culture, the sage grouse population has declined in Routt and Moffat counties, but its “hey there, big boy” mating ritual and the allure for birders eager to glimpse its gyrations remain strong.
There’s something in the water. Originating in Hawaii as a way to work out when waves turned fickle, stand-up paddleboarding has gone mainstream and mainland. And it’s now showing up full force in Steamboat.
Nothing says small-town Americana like a mailbox. Have one that’s all gussied up Steamboat-style? Send it into our Mailbox Photo Contest, and we’ll run the winners in the winter issue of At Home in Steamboat Springs.
Last fall, a group of eight twentysomethings paddled four canoes from Minneapolis down the Mississippi River to New Orleans with two goals: Raise money for the Lambui Fund of Haiti and make it back to Steamboat in time for ski season. They succeeded on both counts.
Downtown Japanese/Thai restaurant spicing up The Victoria
Ceron Scott, the energetic, 24-year-old head chef at Sambi Cafe in downtown Steamboat Springs, says the idea for the Asian restaurant’s Sambi Roll came from a simple culinary desire. “I wanted to combine spicy with crunchy,” Scott says.
As triathlon participation continues to see unprecedented growth, Old Town Hot Springs started training club coached by Amy Charity, an avid cyclist and triathlete, and Dustin Fulkerson, a former Division I swimmer.
Only 30 years ago, the community came perilously close to losing its tiny college that is now about to launch a new era with its first four-year degree programs. Dark days in the late 1970s saw CMC predecessors fall into financial difficulty. Professors weren’t paid and the sheriff padlocked the doors.
Converted South Dakota rail line perfect for riders of all walks
If Rocky Raccoon was a mountain biker, you can bet a satchel of Black Hills gold he would have ridden the George S. Mickelson Trail snaking through the Black Hills of South Dakota. Running 109 miles from Deadwood to Edgemont, the trail follows the historic Deadwood to Burlington Northern rail line, which lasted from 1868 to 1983.
Stepping aboard Greyhound bus No. 41 from Steamboat Springs to Fresno, Calif., just a week shy of his 19th birthday, Andrew Fonseca has a lot to think about. Six months earlier, he was a gang member running drugs in Dallas. Now, with a high school diploma and Student of the Year accolades from the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in hand, he’s heading back to where the wrong fork in the road all started and, hopefully, a new future.
Tom Ross can’t recall a spring like this one
How crazy was spring runoff 2011 in the Boat? A neighbor of mine swears he saw a trout jumping in the flooded parking lot of Steamboat Hotel on the evening of June 4. It was a rare asphalt trout (salmonidae bitumina for you expert anglers).
At Home in Steamboat Springs hits newsstands today
After tallying 204,744 votes cast by 3,172 readers, the Steamboat Pilot & Today and At Home in Steamboat Springs magazine have released the results from the 2011 Best of the Boat community survey.