Tom Ross

Features and weather reporter

Email: tross@SteamboatToday.com Call: 970-871-4205

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Tom Ross writes a column that appears Tuesdays and Saturdays in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He also writes features and covers weather news for the newspaper. He started working for the newspaper in 1979.

Tom has a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is from Madison. His interests include Nordic skiing, Fly Fishing, book making and documentary photography.

Recent Stories

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Low inventory of single-family homes a challenge in Steamboat

Three sales of luxury condominiums at One Steamboat Place on the edge of the ski slopes boosted March real estate volume. They ranged from $1.625 to $1.85 million and all three sold for more than $700 per square foot.

New Colorado water rights transfer allows farmers to irrigate, then profit by leaving water in the stream

The new model for sharing water rights allows rights holders to to use their water to raise a crop in early summer and then choose to be compensated for leaving it in the river in late summer and early fall.

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Season pass, multi-day tickets claim growing share of Intrawest lift ticket sales

Intrawest reports that lift ticket sales from season and multi-day passes, as a percentage of the the whole, have grown almost 9 percent since 2011

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In an instant: Getting back on the slalom course after a spinal cord injury

In a remarkable comeback, Sammy Del Sordo was back skiing less than nine months after breaking a vertebrae in his neck and damaging his spinal cord in a fall on the slopes.

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Yampa Valley airport faces a decade of austerity due to slow recovery in passenger numbers

If an airline consultant's projection of 2.6 percent annual growth in passenger numbers proves out, Yampa Valley Airport would face a decade of austerity.

County Commissioners put pedal down on plan to shave Yellowjacket's crown

Driver sight distances on the steep, winding climb to the top of Yellowjacket Pass south of Steamboat are inadequate particularly when the curve causes approaching motorists to stray into the oncoming lane.

April snow raises hopes for traditional Mother's Day ski outing

Normal families associate Mother’s Day with a large Sunday brunch, but our tradition is to throw several pairs of older Nordic skis in the car-top box and head up to the pass to bid the ski season farewell.

New master plan at regional airport serving Steamboat describes tight finances for next five years

The ski season flight operation is subsidized by the resort industry, lodging taxes and a quarter point of sales tax in Steamboat. But the airport’s revenues are linked to passenger numbers.

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Colorado weighs the best means of sharing the water

Colorado seeks to close water gap

From the Wasatch Front in Utah, to the ponderosa pine forests of Northern Arizona to the irrigated hay meadows of Northwest Colorado, peoples’ lives are linked by the scarcity of water.

Old farm to market road in South Valley due for a fresh coat of blacktop

Yellowjacket Pass could lose a little elevation during Routt County Road 14 paving project this summer.

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Benji Burrell and Kat Blount, of Asheville, N.C., celebrate a rare March 31 raft trip through Charlies’ Hole on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs. Low winter snowfall and unseasonably warm temperatures have heightened awareness of the scrutiny the Yampa is under as Colorado prepares this year to finalize a statewide water plan to meet the needs of a growing state through 2050.

Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River District, explains the modern history of water politics affecting the Yampa River to a group of conservationists and policy makers near the confluence of the Yampa and Green rivers in Dinosaur National Monument in June 2013.

Benji Burrell and Kat Blount of Asheville, N.C., celebrate a rare March 31 raft trip through Charlies' Hole on the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs. Low winter snowfall and unseasonably warm temperatures have heightened awareness of the scrutiny the Yampa is under as Colorado prepares this year to finalize a statewide water plan to meet the needs of a growing state through 2050.

JoAnn Lombardi, 81, of Oak Creek stretches Friday to slip a packet of mail into a box on remote Routt County Road 29. It was her second-to-last day as a rural mail carrier after 47 years on the same little route.

Christine Lee of Straightline Outdoor Sports is staffing the store's temporary second location at 907 Lincoln as the Lee family prepares to vacate their flagship location of 34 years at the corner of Eighth and Lincoln for about nine weeks during renovations beginning April 1.

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