Victoria Rudolph: Support send-off | SteamboatToday.com

Victoria Rudolph: Support send-off

When making the decision to move my family to Steamboat Springs from a suburb of Philadelphia, I considered the following: Steamboat is a town with a rich heritage. It still manages to maintain the charm of the Old West with modern-day conveniences. Where else could one see a cowboy in chaps strolling down Lincoln Avenue with a Starbucks latte? Where else can one find a packed audience for the Wild West Show, complete with dancing horses and American Indians, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its oldest dry goods store?

It is a town where everyone, young and old, pitch in at a moment’s notice to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Steamboat has a strong sense of community that was founded on deep-rooted values and beliefs brought here by the early homesteaders. Everyone here has the chance to participate in any event because it is available to the entire community. It is no surprise to me that this town welcomes newcomers and visitors with open arms, proud to show off their heritage and make everyone feel at home, whether it is the free concerts sponsored by the city or Strings in the Mountains. This sharing spirit has become ingrained in the spirit of Steamboatians.

Those who encouraged Carl Howelsen to share his knowledge and passion of ski jumping never planned to gain the status of Ski Town USA. Yet each generation that passed shared their passion and love for skiing to others and now can boast sending 18 young athletes to the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy. To experience the true spirit of this town, one needs to participate in the second Olympic send-off for our athletes. This event is generously produced by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. and supported by many. For my family, it was the skiing that brought us here on vacation, but it is the sense of community that made us pack our bags and relocate to Steamboat.

Victoria Rudolph

Steamboat Springs