My role this year just happened to be a tad more complicated than most: it involved the dreaded time clock at Howelsen Ice Arena.
Whether it’s helping people on the slopes or painting their house, local Kyle Lawton is the man. Those were the accolades heaped on him this year, tying for first with John “Pink” Floyd for Best Ski Patrol and taking the top rung of the ladder as Best Painter.
For owner Betty Dickey, opening the Bargain Barn thrift store was a no-brainer. “I had bought so much stuff at different thrift stores over the years that I had to sell it all,” says Dickey, who opened her store five years ago on Acre Lane and moved to its current location at 2432 Lincoln Ave. in 2014.
When it comes to mustaches, mountain towns are pretty accepting. Steamboat is no exception, with a whopping 65 write-ins coming in the Best of the Boat category for upper lip facial follicles. In the end, with a drooping Fu Manchu that hangs an inch or two below his chin, Rob Peterson of Big Agnes won the category handlebars down...
It’s a daunting title in a ski town, but one from which Jacob Custer isn’t shying away. “For a 28-year-old, I pretty much have my act together and am probably more mature than most people my age,” says Custer of the surprising accolades. “I’m independent, hard-working and a caring, good guy. The only thing I’m not good at is talking about myself.”
Move over, Hungry Dog...there’s a new schnitzel sheriff in town. That’s the findings, anyway, from this year’s Best of the Boat poll, with Dairy Queen upsetting the five-time champ in the hotly contested hot dog category to become, well, the top dog in town.
Some feathers have been ruffled in the Best Wings category, folks. Unseating five-time, finger-lickin’ chicken champion The Tap House Sports Bar & Grill from a half-decade of sitting on the wing throne is this year’s wing champ Aurum Food & Wine, at 811 Yampa St. on the Yampa River.
While Johnny Spillane took home three silver medals from Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics in Nordic combined, he now has another piece of hardware to add to his list: town’s Best Fishing Guide.
It went from celebrating big dumps to birthday candles. That’s the story behind town’s Best Party Thrown by a Local, which goes to an annual rager hosted by seven-year local Nick Anderson.
You see it every time you get to the top of the Sundown Express lift, sitting beneath a wind-loaded roof as a beacon of safety for riders and skiers all over the mountain. But save for those venturing in for a screwdriver, directions or frostbite help, what lies inside has always been a mystery. Until now, with this first-ever inside look of the 1,200-square-foot Steamboat ski patrol shack at the top of Mount Werner. Your benevolent guide, Steamboat Ski Patrol assistant director Wes Richey...
Like big dumps? Work at Big Agnes. That’s the result of our Best Powder Clause category, with the local tent and sleeping bag company, as well as sister company Honey Stinger, taking the podium when it comes to shralping powder.
Personal touches shine in Priest Creek home, from wine and bunk room to Broadmoor-esque guest suite
If ever a home reflects a personal touch, it’s that of Mike and Toni Hennessy in Priest Creek Ranch. It helps that the 9,245-square-foot home is the fourth Mike has built, following two in Colorado Springs and one in Chicago. But it’s the attention to detail that helped it become the Wall Street Journal’s Home of the Week. “We used to come up here skiing and camping all the time and fell in love with Steamboat,” Mike says. “We wanted to bring that camping feel indoors.”
Bamboo pole company firmly planted in Steamboat
There’s a growing bamboo movement in the ‘Boat. Born in a local garage in 2014 by engineer-turned-ski-instructor-turned-pole-builder Andrew Beckler, Grass Sticks has firmly planted itself as one of the country’s leading bamboo ski pole manufacturers.
If he’s not serving you award-winning cuisine at Cafe Diva, where he’s earned town’s Best Server award for six straight years, you can bet you’ll find longtime local Daryl Newcomb on the slopes — which is why he also won this year’s coveted Best Ski Bum title
With the Olympics underway in Rio, Steamboat Today tapped magazine editor Eugene Buchanan to reflect on his stint working for NBC at the Beijing Olympics.
Giving comes easily to Laura Cusenbary, 37, a financial advisor for Wells Fargo Advisors. It runs in the family. “I’m fortunate to have had a family growing up that was very philanthropic,” she says.
Before moving to Steamboat Springs in 2007, Kara Stoller, 33, worked special event production in Philadelphia after graduating from West Virginia University. She wasted no time putting her skills to use as marketing director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. It’s a perfect fit, given her background, friendly personality and penchant for all things Ski Town USA.
With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi, Matt Eidt knew he wanted to call Steamboat Springs home after a two-week visit in 2008. “I’ve seen a lot of fantastic communities and I just fell in love with Steamboat,” says Eidt, 33, a broker, and youngest owner, with Colorado Group Reality. “I’ve never found a more beautiful, open and complete community.”
After growing up in Casper, Wyo., and graduating from Laramie’s University of Wyoming with an accounting degree, Cole Hewitt, 31, let the Wyoming winds fill his sails and carry him to Steamboat Springs in 2011.
Thoughtful, caring, selfless, even Wonder Woman— those are all words rising like cream to the top of the nomination forms in describing Gillian Morris. The co-owner and vice-president of Talon Grips, Morris also gives of herself wherever she can, most notably as a three-year board member of the Steamboat Springs Rotary Club.
It took leaving town for college and traveling the world for a while for Tara Weaver, 33, to realize how much she loves Steamboat Springs. Now working as operations director for her family’s Central Park Management, she’s doing everything she can to give back, using her work skills to help support the community.
I’ll admit it ... I’m not much of a runner — unless I’m being chased, which happens far less than it used to. I’m happy expanding my lung capillaries through less cartilage-pounding pursuits.
There’s more reason to make the voyage toward Vernal, Utah — and to be glad you weren’t doing so 210 million years ago. At a cliffside, first unearthed in 2009 just outside Dinosaur National Monument, paleontologists recently discovered the remains of a new pterosaur, the largest flying reptile of its time.
People in Steamboat have many hidden talents. None more guttural than that of David Jolly, a former Disney performer who, in 2004 after Disney’s acquisition of The Muppets, was a lily pad’s hop away from becoming the new voice for the lovable Kermit the Frog. Here’s how the two stack up head to slimy head.
Call it “steampunk.” That sums up the interior of Jim and Lisa Lorenz’s new 2,600-square-foot, three-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath house in upper Fairview, which blends an array of modern finishes with a more rustic, industrial-style feel.
Want fresh food — that’s not pizza — delivered to your front door? Enter Farm to Fork, Steamboat’s newest locally sourced food delivery service.
Who says you have to go to Botswana for your getaway? Summer or winter, countless adventures await closer to home, from renting cabins with a crackling fire to soaking in hot springs or taking the train to Glenwood. Read on for close-by vacations that let you stretch your legs and pocketbook while having you back home Sunday night — tan, rested and ready for the week ahead.
One look at the marquee for the Chief Theater downtown — Western Melodrama, Acronym, The Vagina Monologues — and it’s easy to see that Executive Director Scott Parker is 1) having fun; and 2) doing a great job of bringing the arts in their myriad forms to downtown’s premiere performance venue.
Holy Tuesday through Thursday storm cycles, Batman. This past week made three in a row when storms have walloped the Yampa Valley in that three-day time frame, dumping 35, 30 and 25 inches, respectively, atop Mount Werner for a March to remember after a February to forget. With another on tap for this Tuesday, El Nino is keeping a schedule as tight as that of any daycare-attending, soccer-playing toddler.
Fish the Yampa for rainbows all you want: Steamboat Springs filmmaker Greg Hamilton will take heading to Bhutan to chase the elusive golden mahseer, the hardest-fighting freshwater fish in the world.
A stand-up adventure
The main differences between caimans and crocodiles are caimans’ smaller size, pointier head and upper jaw covering their bottom teeth. But that’s hard to tell from a paddleboard when all you see are menacing, beady eyes. And it’s hard to explain to your kids wobbling next to you.
When a river flushes through a natural tunnel of rock right ahead of you, you know things are getting dicey. When that happens on a Class V rapid during a 400-mile first kayak descent in the middle of Bolivia, it’s even more harrowing.
Sketchy conditions — and dead bodies getting carried off your target mountain — can melt a mountaineer’s morale like the polar icecap. That’s why Steamboat Springs climber Matt Tredway, who headed to Switzerland’s Bernese Alps in November to scale the Eiger, had no qualms about changing plans at the mountain’s base and heading for the greener climbing pastures of Chamonix.
Don’t let the fact that he got piggyback rides across the water from a burly Icelandic guide named Runar sway you from thinking Barry Smith’s boat-accessed skiing trip to Iceland last spring was pampered. And even if it was — complete with apres toasts around a warm fire in a restored sheepherder’s hut — they earned every fiord-lined turn they schussed in their week-long adventure at 65 degrees of latitude.
While most students were staring at chalkboards last spring, Steamboat Mountain School students were sea kayaking in Greece, riding horses with Mongolian nomads and hunting with Hadzabe tribesmen in Tanzania. It’s all part of the school’s Global Immersion Studies program, which each year takes students abroad to broaden their cultural understanding.
Assisting the Nepalese
After Nepal’s worst earthquake in 80 years — one that also killed 16 Sherpas in the deadliest avalanche in Mt. Everest’s history — four locals took it upon themselves to call attention to the area’s devastation by trekking there themselves.
Stroke, stroke, stroke
Jacob McCoola’s excursion might have been closer to home than others, but it was no less adventurous — even if it started just a mile from his front door. McCoola spent nearly 50 straight days last summer rafting from Steamboat Springs to Lake Powell, a distance of nearly 600 miles.
Don’t blame North Routt local Robert Orr if he was a tad saddle sore last summer. He had just completed mountain biking’s notorious Triple Crown — racing the Tour Divide and Colorado and Arizona Trail races all in the same calendar year — at the ripe age of 61, breaking the age group records in all three. And fellow local Mike Schlichtman had his work cut out racing the 2,745-mile Tour Divide...
Southall is 22nd Coloradan to be inducted into High School Hall of Fame
Tom Southall, who graduated in 1981 from Steamboat Springs High School with 12 letters in four sports, was named March 1 as one of five athletes, four coaches, two administrators and one official who will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Association's National High School Hall of Fame this summer.
What’s it like to head from Ski Town USA to Snow Sports Industry America’s annual ski show in Denver? Here’s a snapshot from the trenches working for its daily publications.
Steamboat heads to Denver’s annual SIA tradeshow
What do ski icon Glen Plake, Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin and nearly everyone in the ski business in Steamboat have in common? You’ll likely find them this weekend at Denver’s annual Snowsports Industries America Snow Show, held Thursday through today at the Colorado Convention Center.
I’m skiing through a grove of aspen trees high on Buffalo Pass, a warm spell texturing the snow — a cross between powder and corn. The combo seems oddly fitting, as I’m searching for a phonetic cross between the two: porn. More specifically, hidden stashes of erotic tree art etched into area’s aspens by long lost — and obviously lonely — sheepherders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The most unusual holiday tradition for a smattering of sleuthing Steamboat Springs locals is hunting for a buried log.
Here are 11 perfect gifts that keep the giving local.
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.
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.