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.
As I Iook back on this past year, and a couple beyond, it’s not life’s highpoints that rise to the surface, but, unfortunately, the low and often, the humorous.
Save for those venturing in for a screwdriver, directions or frostbite help, what lies inside the 1,200-square-foot Steamboat ski patrol shack at the top of Mount Werner has always been a mystery ... until now.
My role this year just happened to be a tad more complicated than most: it involved the dreaded time clock at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Whether it’s helping people on the slopes or painting their house, local Kyle Lawton is the man. Those were the accolades heaped on him this year, tying for first with John “Pink” Floyd for Best Ski Patrol and taking the top rung of the ladder as Best Painter.
For owner Betty Dickey, opening the Bargain Barn thrift store was a no-brainer. “I had bought so much stuff at different thrift stores over the years that I had to sell it all,” says Dickey, who opened her store five years ago on Acre Lane and moved to its current location at 2432 Lincoln Ave. in 2014.
When it comes to mustaches, mountain towns are pretty accepting. Steamboat is no exception, with a whopping 65 write-ins coming in the Best of the Boat category for upper lip facial follicles. In the end, with a drooping Fu Manchu that hangs an inch or two below his chin, Rob Peterson of Big Agnes won the category handlebars down...
It’s a daunting title in a ski town, but one from which Jacob Custer isn’t shying away. “For a 28-year-old, I pretty much have my act together and am probably more mature than most people my age,” says Custer of the surprising accolades. “I’m independent, hard-working and a caring, good guy. The only thing I’m not good at is talking about myself.”
Move over, Hungry Dog...there’s a new schnitzel sheriff in town. That’s the findings, anyway, from this year’s Best of the Boat poll, with Dairy Queen upsetting the five-time champ in the hotly contested hot dog category to become, well, the top dog in town.
Some feathers have been ruffled in the Best Wings category, folks. Unseating five-time, finger-lickin’ chicken champion The Tap House Sports Bar & Grill from a half-decade of sitting on the wing throne is this year’s wing champ Aurum Food & Wine, at 811 Yampa St. on the Yampa River.
While Johnny Spillane took home three silver medals from Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics in Nordic combined, he now has another piece of hardware to add to his list: town’s Best Fishing Guide.