It’s nice to have friends — and sponsors — in the right places. Especially if it means a non-dehydrated meal and new socks. So it was last Friday for Continental Divide Trail through-hiker Ken Dawson, of Michigan, who, midway through his 3,100-mile traipse from Mexico to Canada along the spine of the Rockies, stopped over in Steamboat Springs for a welcome lunch, reception and sock swap at the Smartwool world headquarters.
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.
My, what a difference 100 years makes. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the award-winning Yampa Valley Medical Center started its humble beginnings as the Steamboat Springs Sanitarium at the former Albany Hotel and current-day Old Town Pub building on Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. Three years later, it was purchased by Dr. Frederick E. Willett, who ran it for 56 years.
While the Elk River has been kayaked and rafted for decades, this spring a group of local adventurers etched themselves into the history books (fame, fortune!) by stand-up paddleboarding it for the first time ever.
OK, we know road trips can get a tad boring. So spice yours up by stopping at historical markers surrounding Steamboat. One of the oldest such programs in the nation, Colorado’s commemorations date back to the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1907. Produced by the Colorado Historical Society and government transportation departments, these signs herald Colorado’s people, events and issues, helping you journey through the past while providing an excuse to stretch your legs. Following are a handful to to look for within a few hours of town.
For the last 20 years, part-time local Nancy Sindelar has spent her winters guiding skiing in Steamboat Springs. But she’s had good reason to leave, as evidenced by her new book, “Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work,” released by Roman & Littlefield Publishers last June.
While doctors James and Sarah Hopfenbeck have only lived in Steamboat Springs since August 2013, when Jim, 57, took over as pathologist and lab director at Yampa Valley Medical Center, they’ve quickly settled into their new home.
I got the news checking in with my wife when flying back from a backcountry skiing trip in British Columbia. “You hear about Chris?” she asked. “Broke his neck skiing. Got flight-for-lifed to Denver.” It hit me like a bombshell...
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.
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.
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.
Magazines editor and columnist Eugene Buchanan writes about his experience at one of Conservation Colorado's sage grouse viewing trips.
Last fall, the music director baton for the Strings Music Festival was passed to Michael Sachs, a 26-year principal trumpet for the Cleveland Orchestra. Educated at Julliard and recognized internationally as a leading soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, teacher and author, Sachs’ line-up kicks off with some of his favorite players. Here’s his take on Steamboat and his new role.
Sure, a lot of us have gardens. But few among us have sprouted with the pastime like Jack’s proverbial beanstalk, taking the activity to new levels. These are our local Colorado Master Gardeners, a registered service mark of Colorado State University Extension office.
You’d think local carpenter Paul Hobson might be tired of plying his trade by the end of each day. Not so. You can find him inside his garage building wooden surfboards under the brand name Estrus.
I haven’t always been a writer. One of my first conscious efforts to scribe so came in college when our Western authors professor gave us a choice between taking a final exam or writing a short western-themed story.
The second annual Steamboat NHL Alumni Classic raised more than $30,000 for Steamboat Springs youth hockey during a weekend packed full of events.
Forget dancing with the stars ... I’ll take skiing for STARS.
Event to be held at 7 p.m. at The Base Club
Longtime local, city of Steamboat Springs employee and ski coach Chris Arnis was injured while skiing at Steamboat Ski Area Sunday afternoon and is recovering after undergoing surgery at Denver Health Hospital. A benefit will be held in his honor at 7 p.m. Friday at The Base Club.
Family hut trip to Nokhu yields fun skiing and ... skating
It was our annual family hut trip, one of the best things you can do with your kids. Pick an easy-to-get-to abode like we did – the Nohku and Agnes Creek huts off Cameron Pass – and fill it with like-minded families, and you have a winter get-away they’ll remember for life.
Red Wings, Blackhawks alum to face-off at Howelsen in 2nd annual Steamboat NHL Alumni Classic March 28
For the second straight year, Howelsen Ice Arena will host the Steamboat NHL Alumni Classic March 27 and 28 — a benefit for Steamboat Springs youth hockey highlighted by an exhibition game between NHL greats from the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks.
The weekend capped a winter of home games and throw-up-filled road trips, culminating with a berth in the finals, held serendipitously every year on the last weekend of Blues Break.
If local hockey aficionados get their way, Steamboat Springs could also soon be known as Kraft Hockeyville USA.
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.
Pro skier Cody Barnhill leads us to a precipitous, rocky drop into a couloir at Utah’s Alta ski resort. I’m here with the star of ski flick “Valhalla” and representatives from Dynafit, BOA Technologies and Gore-tex to test the companies’ wares and kick off a whirlwind industry week that includes the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market tradeshow in Salt Lake City and the Ski Industries America tradeshow in Denver.
The migration is here again. Not geese heading back to town early due to our mild weather, but local ski industry personnel heading to the annual Snowsports Industries America Snow Show in Denver, held this year from Thursday to Sunday at the Colorado Convention Center.
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.
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.
While kayaking play parks have sprouted up across the West in recent decades — including the C and D Holes on the Yampa River in downtown Steamboat Springs — the region’s biggest waterway, the Colorado River, only has one engineered kayaking (and board surfing) park: the remarkably popular “wave” in Glenwood Springs.
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.
For all the marvelous snowpack it provided, last week’s storm was a bit of a letdown. A three-day dump gets everyone’s hopes up for one of the best openings ever, and then “freezing rain” crusts it over to the consistency of burnt crème brulee.
There’s a reason the term "Champagne Powder" was coined in Steamboat Springs in 1958 by Kremmling rancher Joe McElroy. The ski area gets some of the most and best powder not only in the state, but the enitre country.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary just last year, Steamboat Ski Area continues to better its on-mountain experience for guests, from base area enhancements that let you saddle up to a bar and music stage to mountainside eateries, grooming and additional night skiing options.
Percy Jackson has nothing on Steamboat Springs. While he may be the son of Poseidon, the Yampa Valley and its 100-year-old, world-renowned Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC) is parent to more Olympians than any other town in the country.
If you’re here already, you know that getting to Steamboat Springs is now easier than it ever was back in the old stagecoach days.
Well, it’s here: another winter season in Ski Town USA. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already here enjoying one of the best mountain towns in the country.
You don’t need stagecoaches and horses to get around Steamboat Springs anymore. It’s now easier than ever, with free city buses, a 24-7 taxi service and ample parking from town to the mountain...
A complete list of events for the 2014-15 season...
Now you can easily sample fresh suds in Ski Town USA after a day on the slopes. Two new breweries recently opened their doors in Steamboat, joining longtime brewer Mahogany Ridge to bring town’s brewery count to three, all offering fill-your-own Growlers, mug clubs, tasting rooms and more. Hit up all three on your next apres adventure.
A brief history of Steamboat Springs
If you’re visiting Steamboat Springs this winter, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate. A mountain of milestones have hit the Yampa Valley lately, all of them cementing town’s stature as one of the most historical and heralded ski towns in the country.
Wondering what to do this winter in this fair hamlet of ours nestled at the base of Mt. Werner? Practice your alphabet while thumbing through the following A to Z activities.
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,
Steamboat native Cornelia Weiss was awarded this year’s Rotary Foundation Peace Scholarship.
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.
Don’t start the Beer Town USA talk yet, but Steamboat is getting in better standing when it comes to suds. Joining longtime brewer Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill are two new breweries — Butcherknife Brewing Co. and Storm Peak Brewing Co. — whose taps have come online in the past six months, complete with tasting rooms for everything from porters to ales.
More night skiing, other improvements on tap
Building upon last winter’s resort improvements — including the new 13,000-square-foot Four Points Lodge and night skiing debut — Steamboat Ski Area continues the momentum, with upgrades to Thunderhead Lodge, snowmaking, grooming and night skiing operations.
Last April, an avalanche struck the Khumbu Icefall above base camp on Mount Everest, killing 16 Sherpas and marking the deadliest avalanche in the mountain’s history. One of their own, Chhiring (pronounced “sear-ring,” meaning “long life”) Dorje Sherpa, 39, who has summited Everest 12 times and seven other 8,000-meter peaks, now calls Steamboat — where he bases his guide company, Rolwaling Excursion — home.
A tire education via celebs and snow laps
We’re here burning rink rubber to test Bridgestone’s new WS80 Blizzak snow tires. The company has flown in media wonks from across the country — including writers from Road & Track, Car & Driver and more — to the home of its heralded Bridgestone Winter Driving School, to let them test firsthand the grippiness of the company’s new tire technology.
No matter how long you’ve been here, there are certain things you ought to know how to do living in Steamboat. We’re not talking the obvious how to ski or bike, but the more intrinsic things to have in your seasonal arsenal here in Ski Town USA. No masters ourselves, we combed the valley floor for tips from experts to help ease the learning curve.