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Eugene Buchanan, magazines editor

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Eugene Buchanan: The 12 Days of Christmas, Steamboat-style

Forget the partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves and drummers drumming. How about we all get the 12 days of Christmas, Steamboat-style?

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Eugene Buchanan: Hockey clock hell

My role this year just happened to be a tad more complicated than most: it involved the dreaded time clock at Howelsen Ice Arena.

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Eugene Buchanan: Basking in donkey basketball

For those of us drifting into the high school gym Sept. 27 for a game of, yes, donkey basketball, we felt we belonged in "High Plains Drifter."

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"Comrades on the Colca" — Q. and A. with Steamboat Springs author Eugene Buchanan

A Q. and A. with Steamboat Springs author Eugene Buchanan about his fourth book, "Comrades on the Colca."

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Eugene Buchanan: Channeling my inner Tarahumara

Blame it on the Tarahumara. Or author Christopher McDougall and his cryptic character Caballo Blanco. How else would you explain the harebrained idea of hopping off the couch to jog the Zirkle Circle, an 11-mile, 2,400-vertical loop in the Mount Zirkle Wilderness Area connecting Gilpin and Gold lakes?

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Eugene Buchanan: Finding the spirit of the Olympics with NBC

With the Olympics underway in Rio, Steamboat Today tapped magazine editor Eugene Buchanan to reflect on his stint working for NBC at the Beijing Olympics.

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Eugene Buchanan: Mud runners among us ... or is it blade runners?

I’ll admit it ... I’m not much of a runner — unless I’m being chased, which happens far less than it used to. I’m happy expanding my lung capillaries through less cartilage-pounding pursuits.

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Eugene Buchanan: Finagling powder

Holy Tuesday through Thursday storm cycles, Batman. This past week made three in a row when storms have walloped the Yampa Valley in that three-day time frame, dumping 35, 30 and 25 inches, respectively, atop Mount Werner for a March to remember after a February to forget. With another on tap for this Tuesday, El Nino is keeping a schedule as tight as that of any daycare-attending, soccer-playing toddler.

Selfies with Shiffrin: A visit to the SIA ski show

What’s it like to head from Ski Town USA to Snow Sports Industry America’s annual ski show in Denver? Here’s a snapshot from the trenches working for its daily publications.

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Eugene Buchanan: Skiing for tree art

I’m skiing through a grove of aspen trees high on Buffalo Pass, a warm spell texturing the snow — a cross between powder and corn. The combo seems oddly fitting, as I’m searching for a phonetic cross between the two: porn. More specifically, hidden stashes of erotic tree art etched into area’s aspens by long lost — and obviously lonely — sheepherders.

Eugene Buchanan: Black Diamond Boy

Outfitted head-to-toe on a backcountry trip to B.C.

What would you do if you were heading on a skiing trip to the British Columbia backcountry with your buddy the Black Diamond rep? You’d hop right into a nearby phone booth and become Black Diamond Boy.

Eugene Buchanan: Fear and loathing with snowblowers

I approach it with trepidation every year. You never know what kind of reaction you’re going to get after ignoring it so long. No, it’s not my dog after a long absence, or even a visit to my doctor or dentist. It’s something far more crucial to living in Ski Town USA: my snowblower.

Eugene Buchanan: Maddy's misfortune

Some wedding table conversations are better than others. Still, none of us at Table 9 were prepared for the doozy related by John “Maddy” Madigan, a not-too-backcountry-savvy friend from Seattle.

Eugene Buchanan: 117 guest days and counting

A lot of people have grandiose dreams of building a house in a ski town. A minimal commute to the slopes, a ski rack inside the front door, a crackling fire … maybe even a strategically positioned dump light outside the living room that lets you monitor snowfall.

Eugene Buchanan: Surviving the year's first skin

Whether it’s trudging up Mount Werner before the resort opens or breaking trail in the backcountry, donning skins and earning your turns is ascending in popularity, just as its minions are doing on local mountains.

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Labor Day at Flaming Gorge

For a spur-of-the-moment camping adventure, Utah's Flaming Gorge is "flaming gorgeous."

Eugene Buchanan: Getting your Zen on in Steamboat

Blame it on my Boulder upbringing. How else would you explain my jumping at the chance to hop in a giant clam to test the new, space-age float tanks at Neptune Healing and Float Spa downtown?

Eugene Buchanan: Why I like the Free Summer Concert Series.

OK, we’re heading into week three of this year’s Free Summer Concert Series — this time with Jonny Lang and his five pianos taking the stage — which got me to thinking about how good we have it whenever the shows come around and why I like these concerts.

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Eugene Buchanan: Riding the Moots Ranch Rally

Magazine editor Eugene Buchanan joined local bike manufacturer Moots on its second annual, 50-mile Moots Ranch Rally, a communal dirt-road ride showcasing area ranches while benefitting the Community Agriculture Alliance.

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Eugene Buchanan: Mini bareback riding comes to Steamboat

Debuting at the Steamboat rodeo last year, 2015 marks the second time the mini bareback riding event, fully endorsed by the PCRA, will take place at Romick Arena, with the contests slated for July 25 and 26 and July 31 and Aug. 1, as young riders prepare for a berth in the National Finals in Las Vegas.

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Eugene Buchanan: Riding the spike

Every sport has its Holy Grail, that pinnacle of perfect conditions. For kayakers in Steamboat this past week, it’s catching the Yampa at peak flood. This is when the river is its most powerful.

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The Sage Grouse strut: a lesson in love

Magazines editor and columnist Eugene Buchanan writes about his experience at one of Conservation Colorado's sage grouse viewing trips.

Eugene Buchanan: Hogan’s Heroes

I’m halfway through a 7-mile cross country ski trail on Hogan Park from Rabbit Ears Pass to the top of Steamboat Ski Area. With only 800 feet of elevation gain, and wide, flat meadows to traverse, this gives my mind plenty of time to wander.

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Eugene Buchanan: A ride with Ray

If ever there was a stand-in for the famed mountain man, who actually trapped just north of here, it’s fourth-generation Steamboat Ray Heid, who runs Del’s Triangle 3 Ranch outside Clark.

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Eugene Buchanan: A snowmo-er is born

A diehard backcountry skier, Edge, vice president of Backcountry Access, was hitting Rabbit Ears to learn riding tips from pro rider Brett Rasmussen. Did I want to tag along? Of course.

Eugene Buchanan: Crust, what crust?

One day we’re languishing in the remnants of the worst snow layer ever, and the next thing we know, a 20-inch snowstorm wallops Mount Werner into submission, popping the celebratory cork on full-blown, Steamboat-style Champagne.

Eugene Buchanan: Surviving the 1st skate

The first skate ski of the season, which occurs on Bruce’s Trail atop Rabbit Ears Pass, happens earlier than it does anywhere else in the country,

Eugene Buchanan: The great garage shuffle

While skiers flocked to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s ski swap this weekend, for me it’s another gear exchange that truly marks the change of the seasons. Only this one involves the garage rather than the school gymnasium.

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Eugene Buchanan: An 'adventure' walk in the desert

The storms hurtle by, missing us by mere miles. Rain streaks come between us and Porcupine Rim to the south, while another burst blows by to the north. Had we been in Moab mountain biking as usual, we’d fear mud, a douching and perhaps a case of squeaky brakes.

Eugene Buchanan: Hail to the new trail

Those with mortal lungs were milking freshies on the 4.25-mile Morning Gloria, Steamboat Springs' newest mountain bike trail. You only get one chance at a first impression and Morning Gloria’s was...glorious.

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Eugene Buchanan: Alaskan music festival bears resemblance to home

Sometimes when you travel you can’t help but think about home. That was the case for me recently when attending the three-day-long Salmonstock Festival in Ninilchik, Alaska, with my in-laws. Billed as “three days of fish and music” and benefiting efforts to protect salmon from such threats as the proposed Pebble Mine, the event resembled our free concert series here in Steamboat.

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Eugene Buchanan: A Colorado moment

We’ve all had those times when something Colorado-ish just clicks — a moonrise over the aspen, a rainbow framing a deer, a trout rise in the early morning mist. My mile-high moment came last weekend, when even the good lord above would’ve had a hard time scripting a more scenic scenario from our 38th state.

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Eugene Buchanan: NHL stars descend on Howelsen for benefit game

Members of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association were here for the weekend to play a benefit game for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association.

Eugene Buchanan: Cat on a hot tin roof

Having your roof electrified with 120 volts reaffirms that anything can happen in Ski Town USA

Science teachers: Want a case study for your next class? Use my house. It all started on Valentine’s Day, when my 5-year-old niece, Lily, visiting with her parents from Alaska, came into the laundry room and told her mom, Laurie, she “was scared of the fire.”

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Eugene Buchanan: If I had a million dollars...

What did you do on New Year’s?

Jim Creeggan, of the Barenaked Ladies, was in town with his family for the holidays, staying at the well-appointed second home of his in-laws. Our far-from-polished, midlife crisis band El Kabong was invited to said house on Jan. 1 for a New Year’s party. And there, sure enough, Creeggan grabbed a bass and joined us on the makeshift living room stage, where I made the most of the opportunity.

Eugene Buchanan: Cruisin' the crust

When a perfect crust forms on the spring snowpack atop Rabbit Ears Pass, it serves up something relatively unusual in Steamboat and its high-altitude flats: crust skiing.

Eugene Buchanan: Inside Cody’s Challenge

There are countless ways to lose time in your first Randonee race: Being out of shape is one, as is being spastic at transitions, slow on the downhills and schizo about layering.

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Eugene Buchanan: Are you cool enough to be a dork?

If this month gets remembered for its lack of snowfall, it also might go down for its urban line accolades. Not even a windstorm swept up to Etch-a-Sketch away locals’ snowy artwork.

Eugene Buchanan: How I got a gun case for Christmas

Forget the in-laws, last-minute shopping and stress of frothing your meringue to a pointed whip. The real test of the holidays is surviving the white elephant gift exchange.

Eugene Buchanan: Feeding the frenzy

It’s been a while since we’ve seen such a feeding frenzy. Sixty-three inches of snow in 10 days after a prolonged drought will do that to people.

Eugene Buchanan: Running it blind

Erik Weihenmayer is taking the expression “running rapids blind” to new heights.

Eugene Buchanan: End of an era

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve done gone and reached the end of my soccer coaching era in Steamboat. With the end of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament on July 15, my daughter Casey, 9, officially has graduated from recreational soccer.

Eugene Buchanan: Movement of Jah people

Bob Marley would be proud of Steamboat Springs, where every spring break sees an exodus, a movement of the people as locals abandon mud season for greener and warmer pastures. And this year more than most, it seems that movement was to Moab.

Eugene Buchanan: Beer league hockey memories

Well, it’s over. Another winter beer league hockey season has come and gone, and with it the hopes and aspirations of every team but the one that will get its name enshrined on the coveted Barn Cup trophy and get bragging rights for the year.

Eugene Buchanan: Working the line

With the “Gondola Line Starts Here” sign outside One Steamboat Place, I could tell Monday was going to be a doozy — one that would call upon every lift line negotiating skill I had ever honed.

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Eugene Buchanan: Time for a trade show trek

Live in Ski Town USA and there’s a good chance either you or someone you know heads down to the annual SnowSports Industries America (SIA) trade show every January in Denver.

Eugene Buchanan: It’s river permit time

Even with a subpar start to our skiing and riding year, all that snow has to go somewhere come runoff. And when it does, it fuels another sport relying on gravity and precipitation: river running.

Eugene Buchanan: Into the powder swing

It’s hard after nine months to get back into the powder swing. There are a lot of things to remember and nary any time to spare.

Eugene Buchanan: Ski with a pocket radar gun

Ski patrollers might notice skiers and riders schussing a little faster down the mountain this season, and not just because of the winter’s firm snowpack.

Eugene Buchanan: Mom for the holidays

She’s gone. There, I said it. While we all have moms and other relatives who visit for the holidays, staying in tight quarters often can be taxing. Especially if your mom is more eccentric than most.

Eugene Buchanan: Tebowing for snow

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Puh-lease. This might hold true for the Routt County Courthouse lawn, the lights hanging over Lincoln Avenue and the bell-clangers outside City Market, but not in the most traditional sense of having a very white Christmas.

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Eugene Buchanan: The return of the daffy

Why is the daffy — that glorious, crotch-ripping badge of courage involving one or more midair splits — tainted with dorkdom? Pop a daffy under the lift today and you’re considered an ironic hipster or a loser.

Steamboat Pilot & Today names magazine editor

Veteran Steamboat Springs-based journalist Eugene Bu­­chanan has been hired as the magazine editor for the Steam­boat Pilot & Today. His first day was Tuesday.


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