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Eugene Buchanan: Black Diamond Boy

Outfitted head-to-toe on a backcountry trip to B.C.

What would you do if you were heading on a skiing trip to the British Columbia backcountry with your buddy the Black Diamond rep? You’d hop right into a nearby phone booth and become Black Diamond Boy.

Eugene Buchanan: Fear and loathing with snowblowers

I approach it with trepidation every year. You never know what kind of reaction you’re going to get after ignoring it so long. No, it’s not my dog after a long absence, or even a visit to my doctor or dentist. It’s something far more crucial to living in Ski Town USA: my snowblower.

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Eugene Buchanan: Ode to Daffy

Pop a daffy under the lift today, and you’re considered either a hipster or a loser. It’s a shame because the daffy is one of skiing’s marquee stunts — one that, unlike a cork 540, still is within the grasp of The Everyman Skier.

Eugene Buchanan: Maddy's misfortune

Some wedding table conversations are better than others. Still, none of us at Table 9 were prepared for the doozy related by John “Maddy” Madigan, a not-too-backcountry-savvy friend from Seattle.

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2015 Holiday Guide: Steamboat's yule log tradition

The most unusual holiday tradition for a smattering of sleuthing Steamboat Springs locals is hunting for a buried log.

2015 Holiday Guide: Outdoor gear guide

Here are 11 perfect gifts that keep the giving local.

Eugene Buchanan: 117 guest days and counting

A lot of people have grandiose dreams of building a house in a ski town. A minimal commute to the slopes, a ski rack inside the front door, a crackling fire … maybe even a strategically positioned dump light outside the living room that lets you monitor snowfall.

Eugene Buchanan: Surviving the year's first skin

Whether it’s trudging up Mount Werner before the resort opens or breaking trail in the backcountry, donning skins and earning your turns is ascending in popularity, just as its minions are doing on local mountains.

Friends of the Yampa fundraiser at Sake2U Sat., Nov. 21

Online silent auction runs Nov. 14-21 at

With the permitting process nearing completion for its Phase 1 river project with the city, Friends of the Yampa is holding its biggest fundraiser of the year, the Big Snow Dance, at Sake2U on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Local filmmaker funding documentary

Local filmmaker Greg Hamilton, a former producer for Warren Miller Entertainment, has until Nov. 19 for his Kickstarter campaign to help fund his new documentary film, "Power of the River" about a whitewater- and fly-fishing-filled trip down Bhutan’s remote Drangme river.

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Down, set...hike! Former NFLers calling Steamboat home

While Steamboat has its share of Olympians and other athletes — skiers, bike racers, rodeo stars you name it — a few folks once made their greenbacks on the gridiron. Perhaps the legacy owes itself to the late Doak Walker, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1948 and earned a spot in the NFL Football Hall of Fame for the Detroit Lions before settling in Steamboat. But it’s more likely due to our easy-going lifestyle and scenery, far removed from stadiums and paparazzi. No matter your team allegiance, following are a few NFLers you might run into in the lift line. 

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Word of the month: 5 locals share their thoughts on “Timing”

Word of the month: 5 locals share their thoughts on “Timing”

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That’s tubular: Building the perfect river tube

Think your river ride is sweet? Try the new Tubular Tube being launched through Kickstarter by former Steamboat resident Sebastian Schleicher...

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Harvest skis

Forget Neil Young and Steamboat’s harvest moon in September. Local woodworker Eric Baker will take his Harvest Skis. That’s the brand he’s breathing life into in his new line of garage-made, wooden skis.

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Ode to the Gondola: 30 years and still kicking

If only our cars enjoyed this kind of longevity. In 2016, the Steamboat Gondola, once affectionately known as the Silver Bullet, celebrates its 30th year of operation, a milestone for any machine helping us access the goods.

What El Nino spells for snowfall

Okay, all you closet storm chasers, it’s official: El Niño’s back. But what’s that spell for our snowpack in Steamboat? Don’t necessarily start stocking up the snow shovels...

Letter from the Editor: Down, Set...Ski!

Am I the only one to do this? Every fall riding the bike path, I slalom around leaves, spots and other markings as if I’m running gates on the slopes. I veer this way and that, angling into turns and carving around whatever has fallen from the heavens like a veritable Lindsey Vonn vadeling down the Core Trail.

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5 Minutes With...Ski Corp Prez Rob Perlman

As Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp.’s new president, Rob Perlman brings 20 years of ski and travel industry experience to the table, including leadership positions with Colorado Ski Country, U.S.A., Intrawest and ski resorts in California and Colorado. He lives the Steamboat lifestyle with his wife, Erin, and daughters, Amanda, 15, and Morgan, 13, shuttling his kids to the slopes, dance practice, the golf course and more. Don’t be surprised to see him slide onto the chair next to you this ski season.

Best Nursery/Gardening Supplier: Windemere Landscape & Garden Center

While plastics might have been the future in The Graduate, for Windemere Landscape & Garden Center, winner of this year’s best Nursery/Gardening Supplier, it’s perennials.

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Best Men's Clothing Store: Allen's Clothing

Best Men’s Clothing Store: Allen’s Clothing: Let’s just say it’s a good family to be in to get hand-me-downs.

Best Real Estate Agent: Matt Eidt, Colorado Group Realty

Before moving to Steamboat, Matt Eidt of Colorado Group Realty was a 10-year professional photographer who practiced photojournalism in South Africa, guided trips in Ecuador’s Amazon and skied in Chile. All that and more has helped him navigate the jungle of local real estate.

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Labor Day at Flaming Gorge

For a spur-of-the-moment camping adventure, Utah's Flaming Gorge is "flaming gorgeous."

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Steamboat heads to the Outdoor Retailer Tradeshow

Nearly 150 locals traipsed westward to attend the outdoor industry’s biggest annual get-together — the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market Tradeshow — including at least seven outdoor manufacturers as well as buyers from local retailers, manufacturers’ reps, public relations experts and more.

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2015 Best of the Boat survey goes live

For the fifth year in a row, Steamboat Living magazine, along with the Steamboat Pilot & Today and Explore Steamboat, has launched its annual Best of the Boat survey

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Adventure of the week: 12 things to know about King Solomon Falls

If you haven’t visited this iconic waterfall plunge epitomizing Steamboat in the summertime, put it on your list and heed the following. If you have been there and plan on going back, you’ll still appreciate these finer nuances of one of town’s best (until now) kept secrets.

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Continental Divide Trail through-hiker stops to give speech at sponsor Smartwool

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.

Eugene Buchanan: Why I like the Free Summer Concert Series.

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.

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Hospital timeline: YVMC celebrates 100

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.

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Locals bag first Elk SUP descent

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.

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Historical marker roundup

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.

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Hunting Hemingway: Local author Nancy Sindelar on her new book “Influencing Hemingway”

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.

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Medical Matrimony: James and Sarah Hopfenbeck

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.

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Letter from the Editor: It Takes a Village

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...

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Eugene Buchanan: Riding the Moots Ranch Rally

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.

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Eugene Buchanan: Mini bareback riding comes to Steamboat

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.

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Eugene Buchanan: Riding the spike

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.

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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.