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Eugene Buchanan

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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.

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Five minutes with...Strings Music Festival Director Michael Sachs

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.

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Meet Steamboat’s Master Gardeners: Adele Carlson

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.

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A man and his board: Inside a local carpenter’s surfboard hobby

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.

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Letter from the Editor: Loosegrip

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.

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2015 NHL Alumni Classic raises $30K for local youth hockey

The second annual Steamboat NHL Alumni Classic raised more than $30,000 for Steamboat Springs youth hockey during a weekend packed full of events.

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Eugene Buchanan: Skiing with STARS

Forget dancing with the stars ... I’ll take skiing for STARS.

Benefit planned Friday for longtime local recovering from ski injury

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.

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Playing a hut trip hunch

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.

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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.

Eugene Buchanan: Pucksters over powder

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.

Steamboat seeks to add Hockeyville USA to its brand

If local hockey aficionados get their way, Steamboat Springs could also soon be known as Kraft Hockeyville USA.

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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Backcountry Bonanza: Freeride gear from the ski show trenches

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.

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Steamboat heads to annual SIA 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.

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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.

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Colorado River to get new whitewater play park at Pumphouse

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.

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: The storm we’d just as soon forget

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.

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Skiing and riding Steamboat

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.

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Ski area update

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.

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Olympians abound

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.

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Direct flights now available from 11 major airports

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.

Letter from the Editor: Mushing into a New Season

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.

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Getting Around

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...

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2014-15 Calendar of Winter Events

A complete list of events for the 2014-15 season...

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Brewing up business

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.

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Town Timeline

A brief history of Steamboat Springs

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Milestone Anniversaries

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.

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Steamboat A to Z

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.

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,

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Steamboat native Cornelia Weiss receives Rotary Foundation Peace Fellowship

Steamboat native Cornelia Weiss was awarded this year’s Rotary Foundation Peace Scholarship.

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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Steamboat Living: Fermenting business: 2 new beer breweries open doors

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.

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Steamboat Living: Lights, Go-Pros, action

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.

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Steamboat Living: 5 minutes with Chhiring Dorje Sherpa

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.

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Steamboat Living: A look inside Bridgestone Winter Driving School

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.

Steamboat Living: Things Steamboaters should know

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.

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Steamboat Living: From the Editor: Rain or Shine

Rain, rain go away, come again some other day. Our farmers need to cut their hay, and we in Steamboat want to play.

Steamboat Living: Steamboat Scuttlebutt

Sure, the mountain has its new custom-built downhill trails. But Mother Nature isn’t going down without a fight. Case in point: the Fish Creek trail, which has been luring downhill aficionados all summer.

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Best of the Boat goes big

Votes in the 2014 contest poured in like the summer’s near-record-setting rain. By the time they were tallied, more than 83,000 votes came in from nearly 4,500 voters, ranking 112 questions in six categories. The effort represented the biggest opinion-canvasing campaign our town has ever seen.

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Best of the Boat: Slopeside Grill wins best après scene

What’s not to like about skiing up to a 21,000-pound ice bar and live music straight off the slopes (besides it possibly leading to a night of dancing in your ski boots)?

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Best Breakfast: Creekside Cafe & Grill

Now entering their 15th year serving the type of breakfast that keeps customers returning for more, Creekside owners Kelly and Jason Landers pin the secret to their success on the same thing as always: fresh, homemade ingredients, bottomless Italian coffee and uber-friendly service.

Best Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt: Ciao Gelato

Go ahead, take a spoonful. Or even two. Lynne and Massimo Romeo, as well as their sons Mirko and Gabri, won’t mind one bit as you sample their delicious gelato. They know you’ll be coming back for more.

Best Place to Watch the Game (and Best Bar): Carl’s Tavern

Want to watch people happily watching the game? Just peer through the windows of Carl’s Tavern downtown, which won not only Best Bar this year but also Best Place to Watch the Game.

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Best of the Boat: Freshies wins best lunch spot

There’s something about a great lunch that helps you get through the day.

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Best of the Boat: Joe Patrick Robbins & Associates is best architect

Joe Patrick Robbins is celebrating his 42nd year as a Steamboat architect and his third in a row being voted Steamboat’s best. You don’t need a drafting table to do that math.

Best of the Boat: Ciao Gelato wins best ice cream/frozen yogurt category

Go ahead, take a spoonful. Or even two. Lynne and Massimo Romeo, as well as their sons Mirko and Gabri, won’t mind one bit as you sample their delicious gelato. They know you’ll be coming back for more.

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Best of the Boat: Ore House at the Pine Grove wins best steak

It helps to have experience when serving up steaks. Operating out of the same location since its founding in 1971, Ore House at the Pine Grove has more than perhaps any other restaurant in town, which is what helped it win this year’s Best Steak category.

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