Ski Haus http://skihaussteamboat.com Steamboat Springs, Colorado Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Muddy Creek Climbing http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/muddy-creek-climbing/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/muddy-creek-climbing/#respond Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:52:15 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6494 Time to Play in the Mud – This past week I had the opportunity to spend half the day with my good buddies Dan and Dalton for an afternoon of climbing in Muddy Creek. This little hidden oasis sits right near the East Summit of Rabbit Ears Pass just about two and a half miles […]

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climbing muddy creekTime to Play in the Mud

– This past week I had the opportunity to spend half the day with my good buddies Dan and Dalton for an afternoon of climbing in Muddy Creek. This little hidden oasis sits right near the East Summit of Rabbit Ears Pass just about two and a half miles down Buffalo Park Road.

muddy creek rock climbingMuddy Creek is a lesser known Steamboat Springs climbing area that currently is home to a mix of traditional, sport, and mixed climbs, in addition to a few boulder problems. The climbs are on an array of rock buttresses that line the creek for roughly a mile. In the upper section of the creek, climbers can get on a few shorter bolted sport climbs in the 5.7 to the 5.10 range with the occasional mixed or traditional climb. Just past the beaver dam is the first predominant rock, The Bob Grey Tower. This fun little tower was the first objective taken on by Dalton Reed and myself two years ago. After discovering a fixed Chouinard nut mid way up, we understood we were not the first to climb the tower. After a little research, I believe it was a route put up by the late great Art Higbee, truly a legend in Steamboat climbing.

Directly across the valley there is another spectacular rock that comes out of the creek itself. Although this rock and its best route have created some tension between climbers in town regarding the age old climber dilemma of bolts near a crack. This climb when climbed as a sport route is referred to as Slippery When Wet 5.11. But the argument has been made that the nearby crack could accept smaller gear placements, when lead with traditional protection it may go by the name of Bi-Curious Crack, because it can go both ways.

Further down stream there are some of the harder sport routes, Rage Against the Routine and The Bosstrom, and 5.HARD! Directly to the right of The Bosstrom is what I believe to be the best lines in the entire area, as a completely biased traditional climber, would be the Mosstrom, 5.11 fingers and hands through the roof to some sketchy yet protectable 5.9 face climbing.

Whatever your looking to get into, Muddy Creek has something for you to climb. With a variety of trad and sport routes, this is the perfect destination to escape sweltering Steamboat mid-summer days. Bring the bug dope, or find some Yarrow, to evade the winged critters, and a fishing pole to drop a line in between sends. Although this area may yet to exist on Mountain Project or any guidebook, feel free to stop into Ski Haus for more beta on this or any other climbing area in Steamboat.

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Dropper Seatposts http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/dropper-seatposts/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/dropper-seatposts/#respond Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:42:13 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6487 MTB Tech with Indispensable Performance – Adjustable-Height or “Dropper” seatposts were once thought of as a gimmick, but have now evolved past “cool gadget” right into the mainstream. Many high-end mountain bikes now include a Dropper post as standard equipment, and others are simply waiting for you to add one. “The easiest and most effective […]

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dropper seatpostsMTB Tech with Indispensable Performance

– Adjustable-Height or “Dropper” seatposts were once thought of as a gimmick, but have now evolved past “cool gadget” right into the mainstream. Many high-end mountain bikes now include a Dropper post as standard equipment, and others are simply waiting for you to add one. “The easiest and most effective improvement you can make to your mountain bike.” That’s how Ski Haus employee Doug Steadman describes the Command Post BlackLite adjustable-height seatpost from Specialized. “I use it more than my gears on most rides” Says Doug.

KS seatpost with auto dropThese must-have seatposts are designed for today’s mountain bikers who charge the climb as aggressively as they tear-up the decent. Originally thought of as an accessory for descending and those riding steep terrain, however, everyone from cross-country racers to gravity-junkies will appreciate having the perfect riding position courtesy of the on-the-fly saddle height adjustment. Road riders stay tuned… Specialized is rumored to have a road-specific adjustable seatpost on the way as well!

closeup of KS dropper seatpostWhen looking at adding a dropper seatpost to your bike, there are a variety of options available from a number of quality manufacturers such as Specialized, KS, Rock Shox, and Fox. Each have their own merits, but we have found the Specialized and Kind Shock (KS) models to be the most reliable and easiest to maintain. KS has both lever and remote actuated versions that utilize a hydraulic internal system that allows you to lock your position at any height. The Specialized Command Post Blacklite features 3 remote actuated saddle height positions to maximize climbing and descending performance.

remote trigger for KS dropper seatpostBoth Specialized and KS offer several sizes and travel options to accommodate nearly any rider and their particular style. Stop by Ski Haus to check out all the latest in dropper posts and even take one for a test drive! See you at the ‘Haus!

KS LEV DX Seatpost shown here ($380)

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Ski Haus Photo Contest http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/ski-haus-photo-contest/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/ski-haus-photo-contest/#respond Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:27:33 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6480 Enter your summer photos to win! – Ski Haus is hosting our first ever photo contest. We would love to see what you’ve been up to so far this summer. So… instead of making several hundred thousand phone calls to check in we thought a photo contest would be easier. All you have to do […]

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Ski haus Photo COntestEnter your summer photos to win!

– Ski Haus is hosting our first ever photo contest. We would love to see what you’ve been up to so far this summer. So… instead of making several hundred thousand phone calls to check in we thought a photo contest would be easier. All you have to do is submit your best photos from your summer outdoor activities. Submit your photos that show hiking, mountain biking, road biking, climbing, swimming, car camping, backpacking, StandUP paddle boarding, trail running, your favorite panorama, or one of our favorite pastimes, chasing rainbows! The top three photos will win: 1st place – Garmin Virb Elite Camera. 2nd Place – $100 Ski Haus Gift Card. 3rd Place – Ski Haus Full Bike Tune.

Submit your photos between now and August 5th. Vote for your favorite photo between July 30th and August 5th.

Click the link for complete list of rules and to submit your photos!
Ski Haus Photo Contest

 

 

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Wilderness Guidebooks http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/wilderness-guidebooks/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/wilderness-guidebooks/#respond Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:24:52 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6471 Mount Zirkel and Flat Tops Wilderness Guidebooks – Mount Zirkel and the Flat Tops Wilderness practically surround Steamboat Springs. Zirkel to the North. Flat Tops to the South. And the Sarvis Creek Wilderness to the East completes our idyllic surroundings. Currently, the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and the Flat Tops Wilderness have guidebooks but not for […]

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wilderness guidebooksMount Zirkel and Flat Tops Wilderness Guidebooks

– Mount Zirkel and the Flat Tops Wilderness practically surround Steamboat Springs. Zirkel to the North. Flat Tops to the South. And the Sarvis Creek Wilderness to the East completes our idyllic surroundings. Currently, the Mount Zirkel Wilderness and the Flat Tops Wilderness have guidebooks but not for long. The odd thing about this is the Zirkel went for years without a guidebook. The Flat Tops had one but it went out of print for over 20 years. Now the tables have turned. The Mount Zirkel Wilderness Guidebook will soon be out of print and the Flat Tops guidebook just came back into print!

Odd.

Both wilderness areas are spectacular in their own ways and each one deserves a guidebook. Guidebooks let you learn about the hidden gems that most people ignore. Take these two wilderness areas – most people know and use the Slavonia Trailhead for the Zirkel. It is the most convenient for those of us who live in Steamboat Springs and on the west side of the Divide. And the same goes for the Flat Tops – Stillwater Trailhead is the go-to launching spot. But this limits the experience. A guidebook lets you discover the less used access points, the less used trails, lakes, and isolated camping spots. The hope is experiencing these wild lands without having to say  “excuse me” “just passing by here” or  answer the achingly painful “how much further is it?” by passing hikers.

I love these two wilderness areas. Of course I’m biased. They’re in my backyard and my access is only limited by my imagination. And isn’t that the whole idea of a guidebook? Let your imagination run wild and get a feel for the complete wilderness area – not just the cliffs notes. See you out there – better yet – maybe not.

Backcountry Adventure Guide to the Mount Zirkel Wilderness – $19.95
The Hiking and Camping Guide to the Flat Tops Wilderness – $19.99

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Soda Mountain Day Hike http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/soda-mountain-day-hike/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/soda-mountain-day-hike/#respond Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:22:58 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6467 Steamboat Day Hikes – From very early Sunday morning, it was apparent that it was going to be a hot day. My In-laws were in town and we had promised them a hike. We decided to hike to Soda Mountain from Buffalo Pass. The great thing about Buff is that driving 45 minutes to an […]

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Soda MountainSteamboat Day Hikes

– From very early Sunday morning, it was apparent that it was going to be a hot day. My In-laws were in town and we had promised them a hike. We decided to hike to Soda Mountain from Buffalo Pass. The great thing about Buff is that driving 45 minutes to an hour up the road you gain a couple thousand feet and the temperature drops 10 degrees or more.

Soda is a 10,804 ft peek to the northwest of the summit of Buffalo Pass. It does not have an established trail up it, but is hiked fairly frequently. We parked about 1.5 miles before the summit of the pass and began our climb. It took the in-laws a little bit to adjust to the altitude but before long they were flying up the hill (this might have been in part to the fact that stopping for too long brought the mosquitoes). We hiked through some pines then got up into some high mountain meadows with amazing wildflowers everywhere. In a little over an hour we had reached the top of Soda. With views of Lost Ranger (Zirkel Wilderness), the Flat Tops, the Never Summers and more the short hike was well worth it, and the cool temperature made it all that much more enjoyable.

Come into Ski Haus for more ideas of where to go for a hike of any level.

Ski Haus Stocks: Hiking the Boat Guidebook. Mount Zirkel Wilderness Guidebook, The Flat Tops Wilderness Guidebook. Maps from USGS, National Geographic/Trails Illustrated, Sky Terrain Maps, Latitude 40 Maps, Beartooth Publishing Maps and more…

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Petzl Climbing Ropes http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/petzl-climbing-ropes/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/petzl-climbing-ropes/#respond Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6462 Climbing. Climb on! – Petzl climbing ropes are some of the best in the climbing world. Petzl is renowned for making quality climbing ropes for decades. There are few pieces of equipment absolutely necessary to safely access the vertical world, and a rope is the most crucial. From your entry level ropes for those new […]

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Climbing ropeClimbing. Climb on!

– Petzl climbing ropes are some of the best in the climbing world. Petzl is renowned for making quality climbing ropes for decades. There are few pieces of equipment absolutely necessary to safely access the vertical world, and a rope is the most crucial. From your entry level ropes for those new to climbing to high end twin, half and single ropes used by the most elite alpinist. Ski Haus is your home to quality Petzl ropes.

For those looking to get their first rope, check out the 10.1 mm Mambo. Perfect entry level rope rock climbing rope, ready to take plenty of falls as your learn to clip bolts or plug gear, and a durable yet smooth sheath for an ideal belay.

For those more seasoned, looking to lighten up and send their “proj” there is the 9.5 mm Ariel. This dry treated single rope will withstand all seasonal conditions, from the sharp granite of Vedauwoo to the Ice Park in Ouray. The Ariel is a spectacular single rope for any climbing endeavor.

Get into Ski Haus to pick up your fresh new Petzl rope just in time for the peak of summer rock season.

Rope Care Tips:
Never Step on your rope. Stepping on a rope grinds dirt into it and adds premature wear and tear on it.
Use a rope bag to help keep your rope clean. Avoid the dirt and tiny flecks of rock that work their way into your rope.
Run your rope freely. Climbing on a top rope or lead your rope should run free. Avoid sharp edges or rough corners of stone.
Switch ends after falling. Try not to fall on the same section of rope time after time. Alternate ends so your ropes takes the falls evenly distributed from one end to other.
Wash your rope when it needs it. Ski Haus carries a nice mild detergent (414.95) made just for th

is purpose.

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OTZ Shoes http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/otz-shoes/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/otz-shoes/#respond Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:54:11 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6456 What’s Old is New – OTZ shoes are based on some pretty old technology – 3,000 year old technology, in fact. We have a saying in the outdoor business, “What’s old is new and what’s new is old.” OTZ shoes has just taken this concept to an extreme. The OTZ shoe design is based on […]

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OTZ footweaerWhat’s Old is New

– OTZ shoes are based on some pretty old technology – 3,000 year old technology, in fact. We have a saying in the outdoor business, “What’s old is new and what’s new is old.” OTZ shoes has just taken this concept to an extreme. The OTZ shoe design is based on the oldest shoes ever found. They belonged to Oetzi, the iceman, and dated back to 3300B.C. The shoes were quite remarkable. They were made of a deer skin upper stitched to a bear skin sole with an internal woven net filled with dried grass and moss for warmth and comfort. OTZ shoes realized the design was perfect. It only needed a three thousand year technology update!

OTZ shoes are a zero degree rise shoe. That is there is no height difference between the heel and the toe box of the shoes. Your foot is essentially flat with the ground, parallel, no drop from the heel to the toe. OTZ shoes come with a very nice insole that provides excellent support and comfort. CorkFit® is their classic cork footbed made from cork and latex with a heel Pu cushion. The footbed is lined with a 1.8mm suede leather cover. This provides a firm ride that gradually molds to the shape of your feet. The more you wear your OTZ shoes the better and better they feel!

On a side note – initially the OTZ slip on is a little snug to put on. You shouldn’t let this stop you from trying them. This happens only on the initial try and just as the shoes become more and more comfortable they become easier to put on as well.

We really love the colors, the simple design, and comfort. Come on in and try a pair!

Left to Right:
Belize Empresa (white/multi)$90
Linen (viola) $80
Linen (military) $80
Wax Canvas (grey) $90

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Santiki Hadley Tank http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/santiki-hadley-tank/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/santiki-hadley-tank/#respond Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:12:19 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6446 Tanks for Mountain Casual – The Santiki Hadley Tank is one of our favorite mountain casual tops. Ski Haus offers lots of tanks for running, biking, hiking, and yoga but the Hadley from Santiki is one of my favorites for just being casual around town, at home, or traveling. When the heat is on during […]

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Hadley Tank by SantikiTanks for Mountain Casual

– The Santiki Hadley Tank is one of our favorite mountain casual tops. Ski Haus offers lots of tanks for running, biking, hiking, and yoga but the Hadley from Santiki is one of my favorites for just being casual around town, at home, or traveling. When the heat is on during the day, light and breezy always feels best. Santiki in located in Aliso Viejo, California and they know a thing or two about warm days and nights and dressing casual with style.

http://scheels.scene7.com/is/image/Scheels/66586619699_F?$largethumbnail$Santiki tops are ideal for resort vacations or casual summer days. Their fabrics are easy to care for and are lightweight for easy packing. The Hadley is made from 100% Rayon, it is silky soft, has a really nice hand and it feels wonderful when you are wearing it. Santiki’s Hadley tank features delicate tonal beading on the adjustable spaghetti straps and neckline. Very pretty.

Whether you’re going on vacation or just love light, comfortable casual wear, the Santiki line offers stylish, comfortable clothing which is both easy-to-pack and will keep you looking great all year long.

100% Rayon

Hand wash separately, cold water, hang dry.

$40

gray, pink, black

 

 

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Specialized RBX Pro Bib Short http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/specialized-rbx-pro-bib-short/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/specialized-rbx-pro-bib-short/#respond Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:18:29 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6433 Comfort for Long Rides – The Specialized RBX Pro Bib shorts are ideal if you are interested in comfort and performance during long bike rides. Mile after mile in the saddle requires endurance in fitness. Long rides shouldn’t require endurance with discomfort. With that said, you will really increase your comfort with bib cycling shorts […]

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Specialized bib bike shortsComfort for Long Rides

– The Specialized RBX Pro Bib shorts are ideal if you are interested in comfort and performance during long bike rides. Mile after mile in the saddle requires endurance in fitness. Long rides shouldn’t require endurance with discomfort. With that said, you will really increase your comfort with bib cycling shorts vs a standard bike short . We’ll get back to that later….

Bib shorts for cyclingThe Specialized RBX Pro Bib Shorts offer the long haul performance and fit that is required for an all day ride. It’s all about a comfortable riding position and having a kit that matches your endurance. All day long means just that – 5 to 6 to 7 hour5s in the saddle. Endurance.

The Specilaized RBX Pro Bib short features DeflectUV material, Specialized’s wearable UV skin protection. Long days in the saddle shouldn’t mean you’re left out there to fry in the sun. The bibs also feature an engineered Body Geometry chamois – a generous pad for the RBX – again with the thought of a multi-hour ride.

If you haven’t ridden in bibs you should really consider the increased ride comfort. A bib eliminates a waist band. Everytime I ride in a bike short I end the ride with pressure marks all around my waist. How can that be comfortable? The waist is diggin’ into me leaving pressure marks. With a bib short that is completely eliminated. There are some who are a little uncomfortable form fitting themselves into a lycra bike short or bib but I find it ironic some of these same riders are covering up a bib short with a baggy downhill short… Whatever works…

Here are a few feaures of the RBX Pro Bib Short:

  • VaporRize™ moisture transfer knit fabrics with Coldblack® technology
  • Articulated cycling fit
  • RBX silicone grip elastic
  • Body Geometry RBX Pro Chamois
  • Deflect UV 50+
  • 11 1/2″ inseam-size medium

$175.00

 

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Petzl Djinn Axess Quickdraw http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/petzl-djinn-axess-quick-draw/ http://skihaussteamboat.com/featured/petzl-djinn-axess-quick-draw/#respond Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:05:27 +0000 http://skihaussteamboat.com/?p=6425 Master of Sport – The Petzl Djinn Axess Quickdraw makes clipping bolts on your sport routes smooth and fast. Sport climbing has so much to offer any climber. Challenging problems, unique movement and sheer exposure. You want everything to go right and the Djinn Axess Quickdrasws are lightweight, without sacrificing quality and durability. The Djinn […]

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rock climbing quickdrawsMaster of Sport

– The Petzl Djinn Axess Quickdraw makes clipping bolts on your sport routes smooth and fast. Sport climbing has so much to offer any climber. Challenging problems, unique movement and sheer exposure. You want everything to go right and the Djinn Axess Quickdrasws are lightweight, without sacrificing quality and durability. The Djinn Axess comes fixed with Petzl’s ergonomically designed Djinn key-lock carabiners. A dense and durable Axess sling and STRING sling protection attached to the rope end of the draw to minimize carabiner movement and protect the sling. The 6 pack comes crag ready, just add bolts. At $89.95 it’s a steal of a deal that will help keep a little extra coin in your pocket that you can use for training weight next time at the crag.

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