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5552_14368_Steamboat_Springs_Colorado_Mountain_Biking_mdSteamboat Springs, Colorado is one of the most unique destinations in the U.S. It offers the best of both worlds; the best “powder” in Colorado and numerous activities to keep you busy during the summer. After another successful ski season, it’s time to start planning for the quickly approaching summer.

There are so many different events and activities in Steamboat during the summer months. From fishing in one of Steamboat’s many mountain streams or rivers to enjoying a round of golf at one of four local golf courses; Steamboat has everything! There are Steamboat Pro Rodeo Events, Gondola rides to Dining of the Mountain, Guided Hikes, Mountain Bike Trails, Rafting, Hot Air Balloon Tours, and much much more.

If you are looking for the ultimate vacation destination, Steamboat has it all.

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Winter Carnival Schedule 2014

See the below schedule for details on all events taking place throughout the carnival.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5

5:30PM  OPENING CEREMONIES

A celebration honoring the Winter Carnival Queen, her Court of Attendants, Little Princesses, and the Grand Marshals. Location: Olympian Hall, Howelsen Hill Lodge, Downtown off of 5th Street

6 – 8PM SPEED AND FLIGHT NIGHT SKI JUMPING

Learn to ski jump (on Alpine or Telemark equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill.Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: Register ($15) the night of the event from 5:15 –5:45pm in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. (Ages 12+, Hill size 20, 30, 45, and 75) Contact Pat Anone for questions, (970) 734-8966.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6

4:30PM  CROSS-COUNTRY OBSTACLE RACE

A fun and entertaining obstacle race on Klumker field for nordic skiers. Spectators welcome. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate. (Ages 5-12)

6 – 9PM  WINTER CARNIVAL DUAL GS SKI RACE & PARTY

Come race head-to-head and show your GS technique on Howelsen Hill! Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: Registration in the Fireplace Room beginning at 6pm, inspection at 6:30pm, racing starts at 7pm. $10 race entry includes post-race party with chili dinner and adult beverages. The biggest prize purse of the season! Non-racer party tickets $10.00. (Ages 15+, Single elimination format)

4 – 6PM  AIR BAG JAM SESSION

Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with the SSWSC in order to participate. (Open to all ages)

6 – 7PM SNOWBOARDING JAM SESSION

Located under the lights of the Howelsen Hill Terrain Park, this event is open to the public. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with the SSWSC in order to participate. (Open to all ages)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7

10AM SODA POP SLALOM

This is a fun race and is open to any skier or snowboarder in the 5th grade or U10 program & below. Location:Steamboat Ski & Resort, Mt. Werner, Stampede Run)

Registration: Pre-registration required at the Winter Sports Club office. Registration at SSWSC office January 30th -31st and February 3rd – 5th from 3:30 -6pm. (Ages 10 and under)

Soda Pop Slalom Winter Carnival

Photo: Scott Bideau

1:30 – 3PM SKI JUMPING JAMBOREE

An enjoyable time for children to take to the Bump Jump and 20 meter jump at the Nordic jumping complex of Howelsen Hill for some “flying fun” on Alpine equipment. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: Deadline is Thursday, February 6th at noon. Check-in from 12:30-1:15 on event day. Open to the public. (Ages 4-11, Hill size Bump and 20)

4:30 – 6:30PM COMMUNITY TUBING PARTY

Come experience Howelsen Hill’s Tubing Hill. FREE fun for the whole family with Winter Carnival button. Tubes are provided and a waiver must be signed. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

4:30 – 6PM NORDIC JUMPING EXHIBITION

SSWSC Nordic Combined athletes jumping the Hill size 20, 30, 45 and 75. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

6:00 – 7PM AMATEUR SKI JUMPING

Ski Jumping (on Alpine equipment) under the lights on the historic ski jumps of Howelsen Hill. Prizes, jumping and high-flying fun. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: $25 the night of the event from 5:00-5:45pm in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. For more information, contact Pat Arnone at (970) 734-8966. (Ages 12+)

6:00 – 8PM DUAL SLALOM BICYCLE RACE

An exciting on-snow, mountain bike event down the face of Howelsen Hill. Event includes practice, qualifying and final competition rounds. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: Register the night of the event at 5:30 pm in the Fireplace Room at Howelsen Hill Lodge. (Ages 12+) For more information, contact Chris Johns with Wheels Bike Shop at (970) 846-7433.

Dual Bicycle Slalom Winter Carnival

Photo: Scott Bideau

7PM – 12AM SOREL SOIREE

Celebrate the 101st Winter Carnival in a true Winter Wonderland. Dress to the nines but wear your Sorels to an evening of libations, food, live music with Loose Change, a bonfire, and more. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street in the Tent at Vanatta Field

Tickets: Must be purchased in advance (970) 879-0695 x 100. (Ages 21+)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

8 – 11AM KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Hosted annually by the Knights of Columbus, this function is the perfect way to fuel up for all of the day’s activities. In addition to a Winter Carnival button, donations are graciously accepted. Location: Holy Name Catholic Church, 524 Oak Street

8AM 100-METER NORDIC SPRINT

The Steamboat Springs Nordic Council is looking for the fastest skate skiers in the Boat! They are hosting a 100-meter Nordic Sprint on Lincoln Avenue between 7th and 8th streets prior to the Street Events. Location:Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

Registration: The race will have male and female divisions as well as 13 and over and 12 and under age categories. Anyone interested can register for this free event at the Steamboat Touring Center (970) 879-8180. (Open to all ages)

9AM – NOON STREET EVENTS

Presented by Yampa Valley Bank. A wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6-14. Non-horse events for ages 1-14. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

STREET EVENTS SCHEDULE

6:15 – 6:45PM SSWSC ATHLETE EXHIBITION

SSWSC athletes demonstrate their skills. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

7PM NIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA

A must-see evening of entertainment at historic Howelsen Hill. The evening features a winter sports exhibition, the Lighted Man, torchlight parades, fiery hoop jumpers, the largest Winter Carnival fireworks display ever, and much more. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Night Extravaganza

Photo: Scott Bideau
8PM – 10PM NIGHT SHOW AFTER PARTY

Warm up by the fire with friends after the Fireworks. $5 donations for tickets for food and libations. Music and Fun!Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street in the Tent at Vanatta Field

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

9 – 11AM STREET EVENTS

Presented by Yampa Valley Bank. A wildly popular and entertaining show featuring children on skis and snowboards being pulled behind horses along snow covered Lincoln Avenue. Races include street slalom, ski joring, ring and spear, donkey jump and the famous adult shovel race. The horse events are for children ages 6-14. Non-horse events for ages 1-14. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

STREET EVENTS SCHEDULE

APPX 11:30 DIAMOND HITCH PARADE

The diamond hitch consists of at least four skiers. The skiers hold on to points of a rope tied in the shape of one or more diamonds. Animals, people or vehicles may pull the skiers down the snow-filled street. Anyone is welcome to enter the parade. Location: Downtown Steamboat, Lincoln Avenue

Registration: Pre-registration required, deadline is January 31, 6pm. Call the Winter Sports Club at (970) 879-0695 ext. 100 for a parade entry form.

Winter Carnival Band And Shovel Race

Photo: Scott Bideau
1PM PRO ALPINE SKI JUMPING FINALS

This is a must-see ski jumping event with participants launching off of the HS127 “Big Hill” on alpine skis and boots, rather than the usual ski jumping equipment. Watch as world records get broken! For more information, contact Pat Arnone at (970) 734-8966, $100 entry fee, entries by qualification. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

1:00 – 2PM PARENT-CHILD DOWNHILL

Everyone is a winner in this non-competitive, fun event. An adult and child ski together through Howelsen Hill’s terrain. Each child is given a participant ribbon and is provided an opportunity to have a professional photograph taken on the podium. Location: Howelsen Hill, Downtown off of 5th Street

Registration: Pre-registration is not required, but a release form must be signed or already be on file with SSWSC in order to participate. (Open to all ages)

DETAILS ON TICKETING

A Winter Carnival button is required for entry and spectating at all events. Purchase a Winter Carnival Button ($10.00) to show your support of the Winter Carnival and the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Powder Alert!

Enjoy the Powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steamboat Springs has continued to impress skiers and boarders with its sustained above average precipitation, meaning new snow daily. Steamboat began recording snow fall and conditions in 1893 and five continuous months of above average precipitation has only been recorded once.

The base of the Steamboat Spring’s Ski Mountain has already reached 62 inches and 78 inches at the summit. The total snow fall has already reached 200 inches and will exceed that after tonight! The last time Steamboat broke the 400 inch mark was in March, 2011. This could be the year Steamboat does it again. Many people think this is the year Steamboat breaks the 450 inch mark by March, but breaking records will be left in the hands of the snow gods.

For now we can only cross our fingers and enjoy these perfect powder conditions, as the snow continues to fall.

Ironically, if it’s too cold to ski, it’s never too cold to go fly fishing.

It’s said that colder weather actually increases your odds of landing some fish. During the winter, the bigger fish are more lethargic, if you fish the right stretch of water. For example, fishing the Yampa during the chilly, winter months will probably send you home empty handed and 10 flies less than what you started with because it is frozen over. If you head Southwest of town towards Catamount or the Stagecoach Reservoir you have a good chance of catching a big one and you’ll notice the water there is still open. Why? It’s because below both of these damns the water is bottom released, keeping them at a constant temperature for the entire winter.

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You can even ski for a couple hours in the morning because the best fishing doesn’t start until 11ish when the bug hatch begins and continues for about four hours. Another pro to winter fishing is that you can shorten your cast, use heavier lines and use smaller flies.

If you are new to fishing, there are some great guide shops in Steamboat, such as Straightline who has access to 3 private winter fishing stretches. They’ll provide all the gear and tips, you just have to show up at their shop. And if fly fishing isn’t your cup of tea, you can always try ice fishing!

Who knew that Ski Town USA wasn’t just known for its skiing during the winters!

Mountain conditions were described as pristine over opening weekend at Steamboat’s 781 acre ski area. The snow storms that Steamboat experienced in October and early November may have been a pain at the time, but they have definitely paid off. On opening day there were 56 runs and 5 lifts open on the mountain, including Storm Peak. Although during recent seasons, the snow on opening day hasn’t been something to remember, this year’s early-season snow was some of the best snow locals and tourists had seen in years.

And the most exciting part; it’s not over yet. Forecasters have predicted a 30 percent chance of snow for tonight and it is expected the ski area will accumulate another 12 to 18 inches by Friday morning. Forecasters are also predicting some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen this winter. On Thursday night, the National Weather Service is calling for a temperature of a freezing -4 degrees.

Although these arctic-like chills are no fun during the week, this weekend is going to make many skiers and boarders very happy! The terrain conditions will continue to remain perfect and even receive a fresh blanket of snow just in time for the weekend. From advanced to intermediate to beginner the choices of trails will continue to increase. A little advice: if you aren’t into snow sports yet, this is the BEST year to pick them up!

Steamboat Springs — The establishment of the town of Steamboat Springs is inextricably connected to its many mineral and thermal springs. So it was fitting that the Strawberry Park Hot Springs was placed on the Routt County Register of Historic Places by the Historic Preservation Board this fall.

Founding citizen James Harvey Crawford, who first visited the area in 1874, based his faith that a town could take hold in this remote corner of the Colorado Rockies in part on the promise of the springs.

Strawberry Park Hot Springs is seven miles north of the city of Steamboat Springs, at the end of Routt County Road 36. It is privately owned by Don Johnson and managed as a commercial bathing spring.

Laureen Schaffer, historic preservation specialist with the city, said the historic designation for the hot springs represents a mutual recognition with Johnson of their role in the history of the region. She said she tentatively plans to include the rural hot springs in a broader application that would include all of the springs in the Steamboat vicinity in a bid for recognition on the statewide register of historic places. The historic designation is for the hot springs themselves, and the immediate surroundings, but not the buildings erected by Johnson.

They are attractive and reflect the history of the area, she said, but they aren’t yet old enough to be deemed historic.

Johnson said that he didn’t envision today’s improvements at the hot springs when he purchased them from Steamboat Springs Health and Recreation Association in 1982.

“I was just a kid from Chicago,” he said. “My whole goal was to keep it open to the public. ”

Bathers enjoyed the springs informally before Johnson purchased them. However, the area was unsupervised and not as clean and safe as it is now. Johnson improved the pools, in which 140-degree geothermal water is mixed with and cooled by the waters of Hot Springs Creek to about 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

Taken by the springs, Craw–ford envisioned a resort health community and developed the hot spring at the east end of town, according to documents filed for the historic designation.

The Town Company formed in 1884 and took ownership of the springs close to town. That was the same year Samuel Tankersley homesteaded near the Strawberry Park Hot Springs. The spring sites were sold to H.W. Gossard in the 1930s. He envisioned a great spa community, but he sold the rural springs to the Steamboat Springs Company in 1935, and they were subsequently deed to the city of Steamboat Springs, with the larger swimming pool and Heart Spring transferred to Steamboat health and Recreation.

Today, adults pay $10 to visit the springs and bathe in the geothermal water. Access is by four-wheel drive only in winter, and people are encouraged to use a commercial shuttle ride (Sweet Pea Tours 879-5820, Strawberrie Park Hot Springs Tours 879-1873).

Published in The Steamboat Pilot; Written by Tom Ross

October Snow

Steamboat receives more than ten inches of fresh snow:Steamboat Springs — When the forces are right, Steamboat can exceed its snowiest expectations, even in October.
As of 7 a.m. Friday, Steamboat weather observer Art Judson had measured 10.3 inches of new snow at his site between downtown and the mountain. Other measuring sites in Steamboat saw 10.9 and 11 inches of new snow. The National Weather Service predicted that the city would see 3 to 7 inches with 10-inch totals being reserved for the mountains.
In South Routt County, Oak Creek saw 7.3 to 8.9 inches of new snow, and a site in Yampa recorded 8.5 inches.
It wasn’t Steamboat’s signature Champagne Powder bending the trees this morning. Judson wrote in an email that the density “was 0.093 grams per cubic centimeter or 9.3 percent” of the density of water.
Wet, heavy snow had Yampa Valley Electric Association sweeping the area for downed power lines. “YVEA linemen have been out since 8 p.m. (Thursday) night restoring individual outages caused by heavy snow causing limbs to break and fall on lines,” a news release stated.
As of Friday morning, the electric cooperative was reporting about 1,000 individuals experiencing outages across its 7,000-square-mile service territory.
“Please be advised that additional individual outages may occur throughout the day as it gets warmer due to the stress on tree limbs,” the release stated. “We appreciate your patience as the linemen work as quickly and safely as possible to restore these outages. Due to the nature of the individual outages, the expected restoration time is on a case-by-case basis.”

There is a myriad of reasons why home buyers choose Steamboat Springs over other ski resorts to vacation at, but what are the top 10 reasons skiers, snowboarders, novices, back country fanatics, families and the single crowd all flock to this tucked away paradise? I could give you 100 reasons and more from a local perspective; but why don’t you read these top 10 and then come visit us to find out “What Moves You?” in Steamboat Springs.

#1: Steamboat is a World Class Resort. We have terrain for everyone, great ski/snowboard instructors, short lift lines, and great mountain dining. We are consistently voted among the top 10 resorts in North America.

#2: Steamboat is at the comfortable elevation of 6,700 feet. Most other resorts sit at 9,000+ elevation which makes it hard for visitors to acclimate. Who wants to spend their whole weekend getting used to the elevation instead of enjoying Steamboat’s famed Champagne Powder?

#3: Steamboat gets the best snow (arguably, but with little opposition from avid skiers and snowboarders alike). They have even coined the term, Champagne Powder. Let’s just say it’s the kind of snow you can simply blow off of the hood of your car…no brush needed.

#4: Steamboat produces more Olympians than any other resort. Need I say more?

#5: Steamboat isn’t only known for it’s winter season. Spring, summer and fall are even as exciting as the winter. Kayaking, biking (we are also know now as Biketown USA), tubing, hiking, camping and fishing are just some of the other outdoor activities people are involved in here. Never mind the multiple free outdoor concerts, parades, and our infamous rodeo!

#6: Steamboat is also known as Dogtown, USA. So feel free to bring Fido along on your vacation!

#7: Steamboat has it’s own airport and there is direct flight flights from 10 different cities for commercial as well as private aircrafts.

#8: Steamboat has a long and very interesting history that is reflected throughout the community, in it’s architecture, citizens, and local free range beef and produce.

#9: Steamboat is home to two natural hot springs that are open year round and to the public. There is nothing better than taking a long soak underneath the stars with friends and family after a long day on the mountain.

#10: Steamboat real estate has one of the best values for resort living in Colorado. You can buy a whole house in Steamboat for the same amount one would pay for a studio apartment time share in Aspen.

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The sun setting on downtown Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs CO is a hidden real estate gem in the Colorado Rockies. Don’t miss out on this outdoor enthusiast, western resort town…it truly has something for everyone!