Tom Ross

Features and weather reporter

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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

Yampa Valley Housing Authority explores means to address rental housing shortage in Routt County

With the recognition that there is an acute shortage of rental apartments in Steamboat, there is renewed hope that the Yampa Valley Housing Authority's land on Elk River Road could be used for community housing.

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Steamboat-based air ambulance logs 100th mission in 9 months

Classic Air Medical employs eight medical crew members, four pilots and a full-time mechanic to be ready to respond to a call at all times.

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Methodist church in Steamboat welcomes Jewish symbol of the 'Festival of Lights'

United Methodist in Steamboat was the first of three churches to make the offer to host the menorah after the Routt County Commissioners declined to make a place for the symbol of the Jewish Festival of Lights on the courthouse lawn.

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Snow returns to Steamboat's forecast, but split storm track constantly evolving

Meteorologist Mike Weissbluth predicts Steamboat could get three bouts of snow, with the best chance for meaningful accumulations coming during the day Sunday and resuming during the day Monday.

Water quality in the Yampa River Watershed is good for now

The Upper Yampa River Watershed comprises 1,880 square miles from the river's headwaters in the Flat Tops to the confluence with Elkhead Creek.

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Routt County says 'no' to menorah on the lawn in front of historic downtown Steamboat courthouse

An example of county cooperation with the religious community here is a large green “Where to Worship” sign on the courthouse lawn at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Sixth Street that informs visitors of all faiths where they can attend services.

Mickey's Fund sends toys from Steamboat to cheer patients in Denver's Children's Hospital

Steamboat Sotheby's International Realty and Wells Fargo Bank again are collecting toys this year to take to Denver's Children’s Hospital on behalf of Moose Barrow’s Mickey’s Fund.

County focuses on standout candidate for airport manager

The candidate for airport manager will have an opportunity to witness the airport staff ramping up for the busy season as flights from Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Los Angeles land at the airport in Hayden Dec. 18.

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Era of the Super Pass: Ski resorts forced to adapt and change with demographic cycles

The world is turning 30 and 60 at the same time, and neither one bodes well for the destination ski resort industry, says veteran ski industry executive and educator Tim Cohee.

Era of the Super Pass: Can ski areas succeed with symbiotic relationships?

Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing Rob Perlman said his ski area has modest expectations regarding Steamboat’s ability to attract skiers from Toronto and Quebec via the Intrawest Passport, but it’s definitely a goal.

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Recent photos

Michael Bush, left, Jim Peterson and Mike Munn were among the members of Steamboat's Nordic skiing community who turned out at the Steamboat Ski Touring Center on Wednesday to shovel snow onto spots on trails that have thin coverage. The work was taking place in preparation for the Steamboat Nordic Camp on Saturday and Sunday. The camp will draw 80 people, many of them from out of town, to work with top-level instructors.

Vacationing snowboarder Marcia Fletcher, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, right, takes a break in the sun Tuesday to rest her leg muscles with Steamboat Ski Area instructor Danny Pinegar. Fletcher and her husband, Ep, have returned to skiing after a 15-year hiatus and introduced two young children to the sport. The Fletcher family could be considered emblematic of the generational cycles that the ski resort business is subject to.

Steamboat’s live concert stage in Gondola Square has proven successful in building the loyalty of skiers and snowboarders who never would let a little snowstorm stop them from drinking a cold beer while they take in a show.

Billy Kidd, third from left, and some of his pals in this lineup of vintage ski racers are pushing 70 at the same time the millennial generation is settling into its 30s and the early child-rearing years. That demographic coincidence poses challenges for destination ski areas.

Steamboat executives are cautiously optimistic that Intrawest’s Passport pass will attract vacationing skiers from the northeast and Canada to sample the fluffy packed powder on Mount Werner.

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