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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
River runners who run Warm Springs Rapid in Yampa Canyon next year might want to give the rapid a second look while scouting. In early August, rockfall altered the landmark drop significantly.
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.
The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club might create virtuosos on the snow, but another nonprofit in town is doing the same on a different playing field.
Dorothy would have been right at home singing in Steamboat Springs this summer.
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.
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.
If ever there were two schizophrenic snow seasons in Steamboat, it was the back-to-back winters of 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Two of the town’s strongest ties to snowsports are celebrating special anniversaries this season, with Steamboat Ski Area turning 50 and Winter Carnival turning a whopping 100.
Don’t be surprised if you notice a little less skid in my turns this year. I had a little help on Halloween. While the rest of the country was carving pumpkins, I was carving turns with members of the U.S. Ski Team at the new U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper Mountain.
Erik Weihenmayer is taking the expression “running rapids blind” to new heights.
If you’re going to knock something off the bucket list, it might as well fill a big bucket. That’s my reasoning, anyway, behind camping at a lung-busting 16,200 feet in the Peruvian Andes on a four-day, mule-assisted backpack trip to the source of the Amazon River — a far cry from our Yampa River back home.
Well, I’ve done it. I’ve done gone and reached the end of my soccer coaching era in Steamboat. With the end of the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament on July 15, my daughter Casey, 9, officially has graduated from recreational soccer.
Downtown aquarium offers dose of Cozumel in Colorado
While the Mile High City might not seem like a scuba hot spot, no one bothered telling that to A1 Scuba. Pioneering a new trend in urban adventure, the company’s dive and snorkeling programs at the Denver Aquarium open up the world of Ariel to anyone willing to get wet with marine life.
When Lil Gonzalez, 68, moved to the Yampa Valley from Los Angeles with her husband, Ben, and three sons in 1974, she didn’t know that she’d leave her mark on far more than the apparel at the T-shirt store they came to manage.
As program director for Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, Craig Kennedy has made it his mission to help others better lead changed lives. Andy, who moved here in 1998, has altruistic callings, as well, serving as program director for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council.
If you can do it once, why not do it again? That’s the theory John “Captain Volume” Lathrum is adopting as he takes the summer to retrace one-armed John Wesley Powell’s 1869 descent of the Green and Colorado rivers from Green River, Wyo., through the Grand Canyon.
What would you do if you were a parks director and you noticed your park’s cottonwoods were dying of disease? If you’re Craig’s Dave Pike, you invite wood carvers to town and host a tree-carving contest.
Taking a trip to the Steamboat Cemetery helped tell a tale of fixtures in Steamboat long before us, from the town-founding Crawfords to the Klines, Werners and Hitchens, who are honored today with the Hitchens brothers ski jumping nights on Howelsen Hill.
Bob Marley would be proud of Steamboat Springs, where every spring break sees an exodus, a movement of the people as locals abandon mud season for greener and warmer pastures. And this year more than most, it seems that movement was to Moab.
Well, it’s over. Another winter beer league hockey season has come and gone, and with it the hopes and aspirations of every team but the one that will get its name enshrined on the coveted Barn Cup trophy and get bragging rights for the year.
From its humble beginnings on the deck of an athletic club to its current award-winning Strings Music Pavilion, Strings Music Festival continues to dance to the beat of its own drum, a cadence that this year sees the nonprofit celebrate its 25th anniversary.
It feels great to be in familiar terrain. That’s what we want you to feel like each time you pick up a copy of Steamboat Living — that you’re familiar with what you’ll find and are as comfortable turning its pages as you are diving into your secret stash.
Remote-controlled helicopter offers bird’s-eye video
Cedar Beauregard, owner of Steamboat Aerials, is enjoying a burgeoning business providing clients with bird’s-eye images thanks to his remote-controlled helicopter.
While W.C. Fields maintained that “horse sense is what a horse has which keeps it from betting on people,” local wrangler Christina Haxton is betting on horse sense helping people.
Local trails see spokes as well as skis in low-snow winter
While a subpar early ski season had skiers spinning their wheels, mountain bikers used it to spin theirs, especially on the trails of Emerald Mountain.
With the “Gondola Line Starts Here” sign outside One Steamboat Place, I could tell Monday was going to be a doozy — one that would call upon every lift line negotiating skill I had ever honed.
Live in Ski Town USA and there’s a good chance either you or someone you know heads down to the annual SnowSports Industries America (SIA) trade show every January in Denver.
Even with a subpar start to our skiing and riding year, all that snow has to go somewhere come runoff. And when it does, it fuels another sport relying on gravity and precipitation: river running.
It’s hard after nine months to get back into the powder swing. There are a lot of things to remember and nary any time to spare.
Ski patrollers might notice skiers and riders schussing a little faster down the mountain this season, and not just because of the winter’s firm snowpack.