A resident of Steamboat since moving the offices for Paddler magazine to town in 1992, Eugene Buchanan has written about the outdoors for more than 20 years, from working the Beijing Olympics for NBC to writing for ESPN.com. A business/economics graduate of Colorado College, where he captained his NCAA lacrosse team, the former ski patrol, kayak instructor and sea kayak and raft guide is also a former business reporter for the Denver Business Journal and media director of the World Pro Mogul Tour. He also enjoys a successful freelance career, with articles published in The New York Times, Men's Journal, Sports Afield, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, 5280, Forbes Life, Skiing, Powder and other publications. A member of New York's Explorer's Club, his passion for traveling, writing and paddling has taken him to more than 30 countries on six continents. His first book, "Brothers on the Bashkaus," was released by Fulcrum Publishing in 2007; his second book, "Outdoor Parents, Outdoor Kids," was released by Heliconia Press in 2010, winning the gold medal from the Living Now Book Awards. He lives with his wife, Denise, and two daughters, Brooke, 12, and Casey, 8, just a block away from the Yampa River.
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.
Before moving to Steamboat Springs in 2007, Kara Stoller, 33, worked special event production in Philadelphia after graduating from West Virginia University. She wasted no time putting her skills to use as marketing director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. It’s a perfect fit, given her background, friendly personality and penchant for all things Ski Town USA.
After growing up in Casper, Wyo., and graduating from Laramie’s University of Wyoming with an accounting degree, Cole Hewitt, 31, let the Wyoming winds fill his sails and carry him to Steamboat Springs in 2011.
Thoughtful, caring, selfless, even Wonder Woman— those are all words rising like cream to the top of the nomination forms in describing Gillian Morris. The co-owner and vice-president of Talon Grips, Morris also gives of herself wherever she can, most notably as a three-year board member of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.
With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi, Matt Eidt knew he wanted to call Steamboat Springs home after a two-week visit in 2008. “I’ve seen a lot of fantastic communities and I just fell in love with Steamboat,” says Eidt, 33, a broker, and youngest owner, with Colorado Group Reality. “I’ve never found a more beautiful, open and complete community.”
It took leaving town for college and traveling the world for a while for Tara Weaver, 33, to realize how much she loves Steamboat Springs. Now working as operations director for her family’s Central Park Management, she’s doing everything she can to give back, using her work skills to help support the community.
Giving comes easily to Laura Cusenbary, 37, a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors. It runs in the family. “I’m fortunate to have had a family growing up that was very philanthropic,” she says.
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.
There’s more reason to make the voyage toward Vernal, Utah — and to be glad you weren’t doing so 210 million years ago. At a cliffside, first unearthed in 2009 just outside Dinosaur National Monument, paleontologists recently discovered the remains of a new pterosaur, the largest flying reptile of its time.
People in Steamboat have many hidden talents. None more guttural than that of David Jolly, a former Disney performer who, in 2004 after Disney’s acquisition of The Muppets, was a lily pad’s hop away from becoming the new voice for the lovable Kermit the Frog. Here’s how the two stack up head to slimy head.