While watching the Olympics the last two weeks, I continue to be impressed with the athletes that are able to rise to the occasion and perform at their best when the stakes are the highest. The Olympic stage is unique as it is one moment that can alter the perceived success or failure of an athlete.
I keep asking myself this simple question, "How are some athletes able to perform even better than their norm while others crumble with the pressure?"…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on February 19, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
The Olympic Games are right around the corner and Steamboat is no stranger to Olympians and Olympic success. With over 80 Olympians, Steamboat tops anywhere in North American and potentially the world.
But, don't let those numbers jade you. I often joke that Olympians are a dime a dozen here in Ski Town USA. Yes, it's true...statistically speaking. 1 in 157 people in Steamboat is an Olympic athlete. But, let me give you some perhaps lesser known facts about becoming an…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on February 3, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
We are a society of "I NEED IT NOW!"
Improvement in our skiing is no exception. We are all looking for a way to catch-up, keep up or just stay ahead.
The truth is skiing is an on-going evolution and just when you think you've arrived, you realize they didn't groom Cyclone and you have to face those dreaded moguls. Dang!
For me, it was the old bad habits that would suddenly resurface leaving…
I've always prided myself of being an adaptable skier. Until this week, I had one pair of skis which I used almost EVERY day. I was somewhat picky with my all mountain ski, but I left it at that. Whatever the conditions, wherever I was planning on skiing, I went with my old trusties. I didn't give much thought…Continue
If any of you are like me, you still have some last minute shopping to do.
I am here to help!
After years on the world cup and now hours out on the slopes, I have found what is key!
Here is an insiders tip on what is a must while out on the slopes and some great gift ideas.
1. Boot Heaters
AN ABSOLUTE MUST! I swear by mine and would encourage anyone to give them a try. Cold toes are so passe! Your ski shop will mount these delightful little…
Added by Caroline Lalive on December 23, 2013 at 12:19am — No Comments
Yes, it is officially spring and the weather gods seem to agree.
Days are longer and the sun is shining, makes me want to move my dancing feet.
I don't know about you but I am ready to enjoy Steamboat's spring and all it's greatness. Corn snow and sunscreen, great combo.
If you are looking for a little spice in your spring routine, check out this year's lineup.
Added by Caroline Lalive on March 28, 2013 at 1:45pm — No Comments
Birds are singing and the weather is sweet...Spring is here and it's the perfect time to broaden your horizons.
What on earth am I babbling about?
Spring often equals change.
We all know the feeling. The urge to clean out our garage, closets and bring in the fresh feeling of change.
Truth is, we can bring this feeling of adventure into our on snow repertoire.
Here are a few ideas for spicing up your day on the…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on March 11, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Recently, a few of us local Steamboat folks made the journey to Kyrgyzstan. Don't worry, we didn't know were we were going either. Since I've always been a huge fan of geography, I quickly found our destination in central Asia. Bordered by Kazakhstan (Borat made this country infamous) and China, this country plays a pivotal role in the quest for democracy. Many of us may not know that the 'stans' countries were the former USSR and after the early 90's they were left to pursue their…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on February 26, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments
Fifty Years and my how Steamboat has changed.
In honor of the golden birthday, I have racked my memory for some of my own highlights since my family moved here in 1995.
Our first winter here was epic! I remember the powder being more than I had ever experienced. Snow banks were over-head high and I was in tree-skiing heaven. Growing up in Northern California, we would have enormous snow storms only to have dense,"Sierra cement" the next day. Not here in Champagne Powder…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on January 21, 2013 at 4:27pm — No Comments
If you have been hiding out the last few days or hesitating to make your powder debut, don't wait any longer .
The conditions are incredible! Surprisingly fluffy and it couldn't have come at a better time. Everyone could use a little Champagne Powder® in their life.
It is interesting how quickly and easily a powder run can lift my spirits. In light of our recent tragic events, my heart felt heavy and a bit conflicted. It's difficult to not feel overwhelmed by the negativity…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on December 20, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Yes, the snow conditions are probably not the powder filled runs we've all come to expect. But, there is still much improvement to be made during these less than perfect times.
During my years on the women's US Ski Team, we would travel the world in search of snow and optimal training conditions. This often entailed rock hard, water-injected, skating rinks in the middle of no where. One of my favorite spots of such characteristics was a hill in New Zealand. This wasn't the…
Added by Caroline Lalive on December 5, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
The last element of our season build-up is the final step toward being strong, confident and limber before you hit the slopes.
I am pleased to share with you my own warm up during my world cup racing days. This routine not only helped me feel warm and ready but it was comforting to know I had something I could rely on. There is something to be said about our habits. So, try bringing these few tips into your daily warm-up and it will give you confidence knowing you've done…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on November 18, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Your first turns are right around the corner.
This week’s program is a combination of strength and agility. These two aspects of training are very important for our winter prep.
Strength is self explanatory. This is what enables us to resist the forces created during our turns as well as stay in a strong, safe position.
Agility is perhaps less obvious. This is the movement with our quick-twitch muscles which enable us…
Added by Caroline Lalive on November 10, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments
Hello! It's that time of year again. Time to get our bodies ready for winter and all the fun that entails. The countdown has begun and there’s no time to waste.
Over the next few weeks, I will give you three varied programs to get prepped to rip.
First and probably the most important is balance. This is the key to most movement and activity. These few exercises, will help cue your body awareness and activate your small proprioceptors.
If you have yet to try Steamboat's newly enhanced and expanded bike trails, then you need to get out there!
Fall colors are bursting with yellows and reds leaving an impressive backdrop to the Yampa Valley. I've always felt like mountain biking in the fall is the best time. The air is crisp and the trails are quiet and free for the taking.
As this year was the largest effort from Steamboat Ski Area to grow their existing trails and build an array of new ones, I thought…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on September 18, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Last week I was able to get a sampling of Steamboat's Wine Festival benefiting our own Stars program. Few things in life make me happier than great food, wine and a beautiful day in Steamboat Springs. I know, I'm a simple girl.
Friday evening's stroll around downtown Steamboat was the highlight of the weekend for me. Enjoying the various local business and their hospitality was a perfect pairing with the wide range of national wine cellars.
During the warm evening stroll I…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on August 7, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments
This weekend will mark Steamboat's second Ski 4 Yellow event. Relatively new to the Livestrong Foundation, our Ski 4 Yellow events are gaining quick momentum. Locals Dave Nagel, Kerry Shae and the Steamboat Ski Resort Corporation have worked hard to make an incredible event, which directly benefits our local community.
Last year's event was quite the success. Sadly, my team didn't win, which I'd like to remedy this winter.
This may be shallow....but I'm calling on the…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on March 27, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments
Steamboat is home to more Olympians than any other town in the world. Yes, Olympian folk are almost more common than our beloved neighborhood pooches. I always joke that if you want to rub shoulders with some of the best in the world, head to City Market at 5pm and you will find more than you bargained for!
With all this athletic prowess in one small place, it's always refreshing to see the younger generations coming up for their taste of greatness. The hungry, unaltered love for the…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on March 14, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments
We've all heard it and probably even muttered the words, "There are no friends on a powder day".
Wait!! What? No!
I've decided that couldn't be further from the truth. Here's why:
First off, Powder is magical. We all love it and are crazed by the thought of first tracks in the fluff. We've all waited for the coveted line to drop and whooped with delight as we choked on face shots.
So, when did we decide that one of the best things in life shouldn't…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on February 14, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments
This year's Winter Carnival will be Steamboat's 99th anniversary. That's an incredible heritage. 99 years of smiling kids being pulled behind horses on snow filled streets. Unique festivities is nothing new. Rated one of the best winter carnivals in the world, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has much to be proud of. Started as a way for residents to cope with cabin fever, this year has brought the long awaited powder to town.
My family moved here when I was a Junior in high…Continue
Added by Caroline Lalive on February 10, 2012 at 7:07pm — No Comments