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Hangin’ out in the ‘Boat

Local teens find fun in unlikely places

Mike Lawrence

— When I was a teenager growing up in Dover, N.H. — a city three times the size of Steamboat Springs — my friends and I often said there was nothing to do. There was one movie theater, an aging four-screen relic with a marquee very similar to Chief Plaza’s. The popular teen hangout — as much by default as by merit — was the Cafe on the Corner coffee shop, a few blocks from my house and a few steps from the movie theater.

We thought we were lucky that ski mountains were only 90 minutes away.

So when Steamboat teenagers say there is nothing to do here, I am at once sympathetic and argumentative. I want to yell, “Look at that gorgeous resort mountain right there! Look at the beautiful town you live in!” But I don’t yell, because I understand. Like every adult, I’ve been a teenager, and I know how quickly your hometown can shrink.

But I also know how resourceful teenagers are, and how they will find fun in unlikely places. In this month’s Teen Style, read about memories from Howelsen Ice Arena that will last a lifetime, why the movie is not always the best part about Chief Plaza, and what to do when it seems like there is nothing to do — which, for teens everywhere, is all too often.