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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.

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.

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: 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: Lyon Drug voted top pharmacy

Nearly 95 years in the same location is enough to make you rise to the top of anyone’s list. Such is the case with Lyon Drug.

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Best of the Boat: Chris Johns, of Wheels Bike Shop, best bike mechanic

“Quick turnaround, friendliness and depth of experience,” Chris Johns, owner of Wheels Bike Shop at 841 Yampa St., says about what caused him and his store to lead the pack in this year’s bike mechanic category.

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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 New Restaurant: E3 Chophouse

A riverside location, great ambiance and focus on fresh was all it took for E3 Chophouse to win Best New Restaurant in this year’s tally.

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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: 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 of the Boat: ROOTZ gets best vegetarian menu

Foods to balance the body

Best Vegetarian Menu: ROOTZ

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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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Eugene Buchanan: An 'adventure' walk in the desert

The storms hurtle by, missing us by mere miles. Rain streaks come between us and Porcupine Rim to the south, while another burst blows by to the north. Had we been in Moab mountain biking as usual, we’d fear mud, a douching and perhaps a case of squeaky brakes.

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Rogues on the Rogue

A sister to the Yampa teaches the value of a wild river

With this month's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, those of living along the Yampa River, whose headwaters helped usher in the legislation, would be well advised to look northwest to Oregon’s Rogue River as another waterway teaching the value of wild rivers.

Eugene Buchanan: Hail to the new trail

Those with mortal lungs were milking freshies on the 4.25-mile Morning Gloria, Steamboat Springs' newest mountain bike trail. You only get one chance at a first impression and Morning Gloria’s was...glorious.

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New sail plane club has glider pilots giddy

Look skyward this summer and you might see a few more sail planes soaring around Steamboat. This spring, a group of ardent aviators formed the seven-member-strong, nonprofit Steamboat Springs Soaring Association, a glider club pooling resources to fly with a winch off a 4,500-foot-long landing strip on ranch land owned by Ray Selbe.

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Delightfully Solifeful: A family- and food-filled sea kayak trip in Alaska’s Kachemak Bay

Tide-pooling is a verb in Alaska. It’s 11 a.m. and the ebb is at its lowest outside our cabin in Kachemak Bay — home of the second largest tides in the world of up to 28 vertical feet. That means it’s tide-pool time. The concept is simple. You don rubber boots and wade around kelp-covered rocks, marveling at a life-filled world completely underwater only minutes ago.

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Locals 2014: Dr. Dave Williams

This summer marks a milestone for Dr. David Williams, 68. On July 1, he’ll retire from Steamboat Medical Clinic, which he co-founded with Dr. John Sharp 39 years ago.

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Eugene Buchanan: A Colorado moment

We’ve all had those times when something Colorado-ish just clicks — a moonrise over the aspen, a rainbow framing a deer, a trout rise in the early morning mist. My mile-high moment came last weekend, when even the good lord above would’ve had a hard time scripting a more scenic scenario from our 38th state.

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Yampa River Awareness Project brings river advocates down Yampa Canyon

For the fourth time, local nonprofit Friends of the Yampa (FOY) hosted a group of more than 20 national conservationists, water policy stakeholders and other river advocates for a four-day raft trip through Yampa Canyon and Dinosaur National Monument as part of its Yampa River Awareness Project (YRAP).

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Eugene Buchanan: NHL stars descend on Howelsen for benefit game

Members of the Detroit Red Wings Alumni Association were here for the weekend to play a benefit game for the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association.

Eugene Buchanan: Cat on a hot tin roof

Having your roof electrified with 120 volts reaffirms that anything can happen in Ski Town USA

Science teachers: Want a case study for your next class? Use my house. It all started on Valentine’s Day, when my 5-year-old niece, Lily, visiting with her parents from Alaska, came into the laundry room and told her mom, Laurie, she “was scared of the fire.”

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100 years and counting: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club celebrates its centennial

While this year’s Winter Carnival is entering its second century, its benefactor, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, is right on its ski boot heels, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014.

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Steamboat heads to annual SIA tradeshow in Denver

It might be easier to find untracked lines this weekend at Steamboat Ski Area. Not because of the recent storm blanketing Mt. Werner, but because of the annual Snowsports Industries America (SIA) SIA Snow Show in Denver, held this year Jan. 30 - Feb. 2 at the Colorado Convention Center.

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Eugene Buchanan: If I had a million dollars...

What did you do on New Year’s?

Jim Creeggan, of the Barenaked Ladies, was in town with his family for the holidays, staying at the well-appointed second home of his in-laws. Our far-from-polished, midlife crisis band El Kabong was invited to said house on Jan. 1 for a New Year’s party. And there, sure enough, Creeggan grabbed a bass and joined us on the makeshift living room stage, where I made the most of the opportunity.

Business of Water Summit draws Colorado River stakeholders to Denver

Steamboat Springs nonprofits, including Friends of the Yampa and Protect the Flows, were represented at the summit, which aimed to advance water policy and incentivize conservation.

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Grand County Grand for big game

With vast tracts of public land and sizable animal herds, Grand County, which encompasses Kremmling, Hot Sulphur Springs, Granby and Grand Lake, also can apply its grand namesake to big game hunting.

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Scenic Overdose Syndrome on Alaska’s Alsek River

Outdoor writer Eugene Buchanan shares his experience on a 12-day float down Alaska’s Alsek River, which cuts through the heart of the Yukon’s Kluane and Alaska’s Glacier Bay national parks.

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Steamboat businesses head to Outdoor Retailer trade show in Utah

Your favorite outdoor shop and the companies that make many of their products might be a little short-staffed this week after a mass exodus from Steamboat Springs to Salt Lake City for the annual Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits – Rocky Mountain Youth Corps Turns 20

Steamboat Springs’ Rocky Mountain Youth Corps has come a long way from its start as a crew of seven showing up at Diamond Peak on June 10, 1993, to repair a rundown buck-’n’-rail fence surrounding a campground.

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Locals 2013: Bob Hyams

Look beneath the sets of local drummers and you’ll see something taking the percussion world by storm, all from the Copper Ridge business of local Bob Hyams.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — Photoshop: April Fools’ Style

Friend local photographer Aryeh Copa on Facebook and come April, you might find yourself second-guessing some of his shots. Every April Fool’s Day, Copa does a little photoshopping for fun, and the results — a cross between what you might find in a Thomas Mangelsen gallery and a Red Bull catalog — have made waves around town.

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Locals 2013: Lynne Miller

As the owner of dog-walking company Happy Tails, Lynne Miller’s clients always are wagging with delight to see her. The same can be said for their two-legged owners as well as everyone else she’s touched in her 40 years in the Yampa Valley.

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Steamboat Living: From the Editor — Finding the Right Balance

I realized it one weekday evening this May while kayaking the Elk River. The stretch is fast and clear, running east-west straight into the sun above Sand Mountain, which backlights its waves into a camera flash ribbon of white. It’s these waves that make the run so appealing.

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Locals 2013: Rick Bear

Professional musician, camera store owner, portrait shooter, red-ski-suit-wearing photo seller, poster designer, custom woodworker, clothing entrepreneur. Rick Bear has been all those and more since moving to Steamboat in 1971. In the process, it’s put him in touch with countless locals and visitors and reaffirmed why he’s glad to call Steamboat home.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — ‘Undercover Boss’

Former Steamboat Ski Corp. exec stars in reality show

If you watched CBS’s Emmy Award-winning TV show “Undercover Boss” this spring, you might think that the California lifestyle has rubbed off on former Steamboat Ski Area executive Andy Wirth.

Steamboat Living: Quick Hits — Steamboat Scuttlebutt

Feel good about your little 5K jog or even Steamboat Marathon? That’s peanuts. In April, three men ran through town en route to logging 3,000 miles across the country to raise money for bone cancer research.

Eugene Buchanan: Cruisin' the crust

When a perfect crust forms on the spring snowpack atop Rabbit Ears Pass, it serves up something relatively unusual in Steamboat and its high-altitude flats: crust skiing.

Eugene Buchanan: Inside Cody’s Challenge

There are countless ways to lose time in your first Randonee race: Being out of shape is one, as is being spastic at transitions, slow on the downhills and schizo about layering.

Steamboat’s presence felt at SIA Snow Show

Don’t be surprised if your favorite ski shop is a tad short-handed this weekend. Not because everyone’s out sampling the snow but rather “The Show.”

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Eugene Buchanan: Are you cool enough to be a dork?

If this month gets remembered for its lack of snowfall, it also might go down for its urban line accolades. Not even a windstorm swept up to Etch-a-Sketch away locals’ snowy artwork.

Eugene Buchanan: How I got a gun case for Christmas

Forget the in-laws, last-minute shopping and stress of frothing your meringue to a pointed whip. The real test of the holidays is surviving the white elephant gift exchange.

Eugene Buchanan: Feeding the frenzy

It’s been a while since we’ve seen such a feeding frenzy. Sixty-three inches of snow in 10 days after a prolonged drought will do that to people.

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Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Steamboat Powdercats Turns 30

If cats have nine lives, Steamboat Powdercats, founded in 1983 by Jupiter and Barbara Jones, is doing pretty well, celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

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Steamboat Living: From the Editor - Mushing into a New Season

The ritual is always the same. Move everything from its summer berth in the garage — the kayaks, rafts, bikes, pogo sticks, tents, backpacks, fishing gear, coolers and more — back into its crawl space nook to make room for two cars and ski gear.

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Steamboat Living: BASE jumping enthusiast Kerry Lofy discusses love for skiing, teaching and Steamboat

It was a bad place to slip. Standing at the edge of the Eiger’s 4,000-foot vertical face in Switzerland in late August, Steamboat Springs local Kerry Lofy readied his gear for his first wing-suit BASE jump and launched off the lip.

Steamboat Living: Quick Hits - Hero to zero snow years make 2013 hard to predict

If ever there were two schizophrenic snow seasons in Steamboat, it was the back-to-back winters of 2010-11 and 2011-12.