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Eugene Buchanan

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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: 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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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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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.

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 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: 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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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.

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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.

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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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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