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Kiddo Fun in Steamboat

One thing is for sure... when you don't wake up to a snowy morning in Steamboat, you almost always wake up to a gorgeous sunrise over the Yampa Valley.  Here is a little Saturday morning eye candy for you...  good morning! 

Steamboat Springs is known for being a family-friendly town.  The amount…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 24, 2015 at 11:20am — No Comments

Go Nordic. Spread the love.

Persistent bluebird skies offer a mighty fine opportunity to switch things up and experiment with different winter sports. Near-zero temps make the heart-pumping, core-heating appeal of Nordic skiing irresistible.



For today's ski adventure, I headed out to the …

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 23, 2015 at 8:56am — No Comments

Change Is Good (So You Want to be a Skier?)

As the groomer days start to pile up and the last traces of fresh snow get packed down, I decided that it's time for a change. Since I can't change the weather, It is time to change my gear. That's right, this snowboarder is going skiing!

So first thing's first: I have skied in the past.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 22, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

How to Ski 7,136 vertical feet by 10:05

1.  Go first thing. This doesn't mean 9, or 9:15 after a leisurely breakfast. This means be in line when the gondola opens at 8:30. There is rarely a crowd in the early morning unless it is a huge powder day. Even during the holiday chaos the gondi lines were smooth…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 21, 2015 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Steamboat - There's an App for That

I have a confession to make, every morning during ski season, I wake up and immediately check the Steamboat App for how much new snow fell on the mountain. I am not alone in this. Really, this is a thing.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 20, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Early Bird Gets The Worm

Early, late, day, night.... it's always a good time to get out for some skiing.

 

 

I looked out my window this morning to find a beautiful sunrise mixed in with some pretty solid cloud cover hoping a storm was headed our way.  Although there is no fresh snow to speak of this morning, it was…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 19, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Biking on the Snow?

So for this week’s report I figured I’d focus on a new resort experience I recently had.  Like many of our guests, I too had an interest in the new-fangled sport of snowbiking.  Knowing nothing about what to expect, I hooked up with a terrific instructor (Justin Dillie) and headed out for an adventure.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 18, 2015 at 10:31am — No Comments

Two Worlds

It's mind-boggling how quickly the weather can change in the Rockies.  The difference one hour or a 3,668 foot elevation gain (Steamboat's vertical rise) can make is crazy.  I woke up around 6:30am to howling winds and what appeared to be a dark, stormy cloud hovering over the mountain.  All I really wanted to do was pull the covers over my head and fall back asleep... nice, warm and cozy.  By 7:30am, as I left my house, the skies were starting to part, giving the morning sky a majestic…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 17, 2015 at 11:05am — No Comments

Lower Mountain Fun

My knee-jerk reaction almost every time I ride the mountain is to immediately head up to the top. That's usually where the best snow is. My favorite runs are all up there. It just seems like the place to be. However, there is a sect of people around town that forego the extra lift rides and vertical.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 16, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Go up...and Reelect Snow!

Go up. We have an inversion this morning. That means our negative temps at the bottom have more than a few plusses up top: It was at least 15 extra degrees warmer when I checked in with the Storm Peak lifties, and less skiers because those icicle-ridden trees outside their bedroom windows just looked cold.…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 15, 2015 at 10:44am — No Comments

Be Here Now

Skiing can fix things.  

We look too often to therapists, to politics, to money, to success, to luck even to 'fix' us.  And those things are great, those things can help us.  But I'm just gonna throw it out there that skiing may work just a little bit better.  

I've been dragging through the…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 14, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments

Steamboat, I Like it Here

Good morning Steamboat Springs! The classic groomers are pristine today with an inch of fresh powder, sunny skies, and comfortable temps.

 

As I stood at the top of High Noon and looked across the Yampa Valley, I could not help but think "I LOVE STEAMBOAT!" We live in an era of 24-hour connectivity,…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 13, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Smooth

Powder, creamy soft groomers and sunshine... this week is off to a very good start.

 

 

When I left the resort yesterday afternoon, the snow was coming down steady and I knew that Monday morning would be treating us right in Steamboat.  While the morning snow report may have convinced you…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 12, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Clam Chowder

Most people tend to describe foggy days as "pea soup" but today was much more akin to clam chowder (in this skier's opinion).  Our mountain is encapsulated with a large cloud that seems intent on spewing its glorious white precipitation atop our heads. 

As the crystals fell from above, visibility all…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 11, 2015 at 10:41am — No Comments

Valley Fog to Mountain Clarity

This morning, I awoke to a beautifully dense blanket of fog covering the valley floor.  It was almost as if I could walk across the fog from my house to the mountain... but instead, I drove through the mystical wonder.  I saw a red fox delicately trotting across a snowy meadow, I admired the iconic white barn on River Road with the mountain peeking out from behind it and I noticed the icy, frosty cottonwood trees, such a beautiful contrast to the morning fog hugging the banks of the Yampa…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 10, 2015 at 11:10am — No Comments

Skiing with the King

Yesterday, I skied with Elvis. True story.

Lest you doubt me because you thought Elvis passed nearly four decades ago, I'll forgive you your Suspicious Minds.  Steamboat's skiing papparazi first sighted him having coffee at…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 9, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Blue Skies All Around

After a stormy cycle and some very cold temps, the bluebird groomer days have returned.

Yesterday morning, the temperature in the valley was…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 8, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Springuary

The sun is warm, the runs are empty, and it feels more like March than January today in Steamboat...welcome to Springuary.

After many cloudy days recently in Steamboat, today's clear bluebird sky and warm sun feels simply amazing.  The temperature practically feels like summer compared…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 7, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ted's Ridge

If I could only ski one run for the rest of my life, it would be Ted's Ridge.

 

Warm air filled the Yampa Valley this morning softening the snow to a creamy, carvy dream.  A freshly-groomed Ted's Ridge called my name like Homer's Sirens as I flew over it in the Gondola.  I couldn't resist the nearly…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 6, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Solitude

Empty runs, mild temperatures and soft snow... what a difference a few days can make.

 

The holiday season brings people here from all over the country to enjoy the magic of the Yampa Valley and Steamboat Ski Area for a few weeks.  We are so thankful for everyone that chose to spend their time…

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Added by Steamboat Straight Talker on January 5, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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