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Routt County in photos: March 14, 2013

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Elk on Fish Creek Falls Road. Submitted by: Ken Wethington

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Ice Castle, outer wall. Submitted by: Jeff Hall.

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The view north of Steamboat off Elk River Road. Submitted by: Shannon Lukens.

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The Steamboat Springs High School Lacrosse team practicing at Gardner Field. Submitted by: Shannon Lukens.

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Comet PanSTARRS is no Hale-Bopp, but patient sky watchers can catch a glimpse of the icy interloper just after sundown any clear evening in the next week. While the comet is faintly visible to the unaided eye in the colorful twilight, binoculars will greatly enhance the view and make locating the comet much easier. Jimmy Westlake/courtesy

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Medora, Ryan and Ross Fralick have made a tradition of heading west to compete at one of the largest single-breed shows in the world, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. Courtesy photo

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Eighth-grader Jack McNamara performs an experiment in Jennifer Sherman's class at Steamboat Springs Middle School in January. The Steamboat Springs School Board has launched a survey asking community members to prioritize school programs in the district's budget. Photo by John F. Russell

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Miles Borden rides his tube at Saddleback Ranch near Steamboat Springs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Marjorie Hellyer and Miles Borden trudge away from a sledding hill west of Steamboat Springs. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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A groomed sledding hill at Steamboat II is a popular spot. It's perfect for the youngest sledders but may not offer much excitement for older children. Miles Borden, special

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Marjorie Hellyer flies on a tube at Saddleback Ranch near Steamboat Springs. The ranch has three sledding runs, plenty to keep adventurers old and young occupied for an afternoon. Photo by Joel Reichenberger

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Heritage Christian School administrator Dave Entwistle got a face full of pie Thursday during Pi Day. Eighth-grader Jared Clark won a contest for memorizing the most numbers in Pi and got the honor of delivering a cream pie to the face of his administrator. The day also included other activities that involved Pi and pie. Photo by John F. Russell

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Miles Borden, 11, gets air off a jump at a sledding hill near Steamboat II. Easily accessible, safe sledding hills aren't the easiest things to find in Steamboat Springs, despite the many slopes. A good hill is steep enough to have fun but has enough room at the bottom for a safe stop. Marjorie Hellyer/courtesy

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Steamboat Springs gymnast Cole Gibbs practices his routine on the rings at Excel Gymnastics on Thursday afternoon. The local gymnastics center will host the Colorado Men’s State Gymnastics Championship Meet this weekend. Competition begins Friday night and will continue all day Saturday and Sunday. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs gymnast Trace Walker practices his routine on the pommel at Excel Gymnastics on Thursday afternoon. The local gymnastics center will host the Colorado Men’s State Gymnastics Championship Meet this weekend. Competition begins Friday night and will continue all day Saturday and Sunday. Photo by John F. Russell

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Steamboat Springs gymnast Eric Casey practices his routine on the rings Thursday afternoon at Excel Gymnastics. The local gymnastics center will host the Colorado Men’s State Gymnastics Championship Meet this weekend. Competition begins Friday night and will continue all day Saturday and Sunday. Photo by John F. Russell

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Local painters Greg Effinger and Susan Corser are featured this month at the Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat in a show that focuses on various conservation sites in Routt County. Photo by John F. Russell

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Soroco Middle School student Kayla Lipsie walks a low beam Wednesday at Excel Gymnastics in Steamboat Springs. Lipsie and a group of other students went to the gym as part of a Partners in Routt County after-school program. There are 10 AmeriCorps volunteers working for Partners in Routt County who serve as mentors for school chidren. This week is AmeriCorps week. Photo by Scott Franz

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With an aggressive and modern style, the Fighting Jamesons keep the Celtic spirit alive with a fresh take on Irish and American folk songs. The band will perform at 8 p.m. Friday at Strings Music Pavilion, and tickets start at $25. Courtesy photo

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Victor (Colin Farrell) and Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) scout out a target in “Dead Man Down.” The movie is about a man planning to exact revenge on a crime boss only to be extorted by his neighbor into killing the man who ruined her life. John Baer/FilmDistrict

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The view from the Summer Centennial Ranch takes in the Priest Creek area on the Steamboat Ski Area. Photo by Tom Ross

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Mud season man with goggles on Sequoia court in Steamboat. Submitted by: Dinah Webb.

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