Steamboat’s best recreational activites, places and people
November 10, 2001
Male: Steamboat’s Paul Sachs was voted the city’s best male runner. He topped Bob Dapper, who was second, and Damian Wells, who was third.
Female: Long-distance runner Betsy Kalmeyer was voted the city’s best female runner, and Jill Leary was second. Liz Swift, Kirsten Ames, Kori Gouge, and Ruth Dombrowski all tied for third.
Foot Race of the Year
Readers tapped the Steamboat Marathon as the number one race of the year. The Fish Creek Sneak and the 10k at 10k were tied at the number two spot.
Trout Fly Pattern
Wooly buggers were chosen as the best trout fly pattern. Warden’s Worry was the runner up, and May Fly came in third.
When it comes to anglers in the Yampa Valley, Bill Chace reigns supreme, according to locals. Ashleigh Muhme came in second, while Stun Garside, Scott Ford, and Dan Bubenhein all tied for third place.
Local golfers chose Haymaker as the city’s best golf course. The Sheraton was chosen as the second best place to golf in Steamboat, and Catamount was third.
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Local runners chose Spring Creek as the best place to run. The Yampa River Core Trail was second.
Robert Ames, who says he is willing to try just about anything, was voted the city’s best male athlete. Ames, 44, competes in mountain biking, running, skate skiing, alpine skiing, swimming and mountain climbing. He also races vintage autos. Ames finished ahead of Damian Wells, Bob Dapper, and Dan Smilkstein, who tied for second.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. ski instructor Penny Hamilton was voted the city’s best athlete. In addition to skiing, Hamilton is also a strength and conditioning coach at the Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Center and a dancer. Kirsten Ames was voted second. Julie Fager was third.
Readers said the drive from Steamboat to Steamboat Lake along Elk River Road is the most scenic in the Yampa Valley. Readers were also keen on the trip to Buffalo Pass, second, and the drive to the Flat Tops, third.
Place To Walk
Whatever you call it The Yampa River Core Trail, the bike path, the river walk is locals’ favorite place to walk. Spring Creek was chosen as the second best place, and Fish Creek Falls came in third.
Place to Walk your Dog
In addition to being a great place to walk, run, rollerblade and bike, the Yampa River Core Trail is also the best place to walk your dog, readers said. The second choice was Spring Creek.
Favorite Breed of Dog
When it comes to dogs in Steamboat, residents chose Golden Retrievers as the best breed. Mutts from the shelter were voted second place, and Yellow Labs were third.
Place to Fish
When asked for the best fishing spot in the ‘boat locals chose the Yampa River. The second-most popular answer wasn’t an answer at all “it’s a secret.” Steamboat Lake was third.
Place To Camp
Locals said the best place top pitch a tent is at Steamboat Lake. The lake area beat out the Flat Tops and Buffalo Pass as great places to camp.
The most impressive place to enjoy wildflowers is Rabbit Ears Pass. The Flat Tops was voted second and Devil’s Causeway third.
Mountain Bike Trail
Locals prefer Spring Creek as the best place to mountain bike. The trails on Mount Werner were second.
Skateboarders’ favorite site was where else but the Skate Park at Howelsen Hill.
Readers chose the Yampa River Core Trail as the best place to go rollerblading. The Skate Park finished second.
If you are looming for the best place to picnic in Steamboat, readers advise trying Rich Weiss Park on Lincoln Avenue next to the Yampa River. The Botanical Gardens was the second most beautiful picnic spot, and Mount Werner was third.
The best playground can be found at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Little Toots Park was second and Whistler was third.
Jan Garrison was voted the best female bowler in the city.
Dewey Whitecotten, who has a 213 average, was voted the best male bowler in the city, beating out Ben Tattershall.
Not only is the drive to Steamboat Lake the area’s most scenic according to readers, it is also the best day trip. The second best places to go are Trappers Lake and the Devil’s Causeway.
Buffalo Pass was voted the best snowmobile destination. Rabbit Ears was second, while Hahn’s Peak and Farwell Mountain tied for third.
Male Telemark Skier
Barry Smith was voted best male telemark skier. Dale Barker was second.
Female Telemark Skier
Natasha Fellows was voted best female telemark Skier, while Robin Getter was second. Cathy Wiedemer was third.
Male Alpine Skier
John “Pink” Floyd and Drew Roberts were chosen as the best male Alpine skiers in the city.
Adam Fernley and Jake Jarvis tied for first place as the best boarders of Steamboat.
Ski Bum Job
The best job to hold if you want to spend most of your time skiing is waiter or waitress. Bar tending was second.
Shannon Dunn was voted the best female boarder.
Female Alpine Skiier
Caroline Lalive was voted the best female Alpine skier. Natasha Fellows and Jeanne Buck tied for second.
Best Chance for an Olympic Medal
Readers said skier Todd Lodwick is the local with the best chance to medal at the Winter Olympics. Clint Jones and Caroline Lalive were voted second and third.
Readers chose Volant as the best powder ski. Dynastar was second.
Ski Haus, which was chosen the best sporting goods store in the city, also was voted the best ski shop. Christy Sports’ Sportstalker and Terry Sports finished second and third, respectively.
The best bumps on the mountain can be found on Whiteout. Rolex was chosen as the second-best bump run while Three O’ Clock has the third.
Win Park of Christy Sports’ Sportstalker was voted the best ski tuner in town, beating out Dutch at Nighthawk Ski Service.
Smith beat out Oakley for the best skiing sunglasses. Bolle was third.
Cross-Country Skiing Trail
Rabbit Ears Pass is home to the best cross-country skiing trail, readers said. Hogan Park was voted second.
Salomon was voted readers’ favorite carving ski. Dynastar, K2, and Volant all tied for second.
Twilight is home to the biggest and best powder stash.
Penny Hamilton was voted as the best Ski instructor. The runner up was Jeanne Buck.
Out of all the hills in Steamboat, locals chose Soda Creek Elementary for sledding. The hill behind McDonald’s was voted second.
Slopeside Grill was voted as the best aprski, just ahead of Dos Amigos.
Readers picked Emerald Mountain as the best snowshoeing site. Fish Creek, Howelsen, and Rabbit Ears all finished second.