6.20.16One of the best ways to end the work day is a Ski Haus group ride down at Emerald Mountain. That is just what the boys did last week as the sun was dropping and the temperatures were abating. Let the hammerfest begin! From left to right: AJ, Josh, Mack, Charlie, Ben, Tom, Andrew, Jake, James, Pete, and Scott.
Photo: Doug Steadman
Quote of the Week: “There is nothing, absolutely nothing, quite so worthwhile as simply messing about on bicycles.” -Tom Kunich
When you just can’t get enough skiing and at the same time you’re hankerin’ to do some biking – the best thing is to combine the two. Ski Haus Staffers, AJ Schrenk and Charlie Banta biked their way up Seedhouse Road and Lost Dog Road outside the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area as far as they could. From there they skied their way into the wilderness area with the summit of Little Agnes in mind. Once on top the corn snow conditions were ideal. The fun factor pegged. And a day well spent logged into the books. Big day. Big adventures!
Photo: AJ Schrenk
Quote of the Week: “Keep trying. Stay humble, Trust your instincts. Most importantly, act. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Yogi Berra
Kevin, AJ, Brian, and Liam scored a perfect day on Cameron Pass in the Never Summer Mountains east of Steamboat Springs. The trip was pretty quick… three hours round trip from the truck and back – but the experience and memories of the spring skiing will last a lifetime. Two more photos below show their line from the top and the bottom. Big sky. Big mountians. Big fun!
Photos: Kevin McGarity (top). AJ Schrenk (below).
Quote of the Week: “There is no wrong time to do the right thing.” Charles M. Blow
After a few weeks of low, dark, thick clouds mixed with cold, rain, snow, grapple, sleet, thunder, wind, and lightning – we’re ready for a buffet of Milt’s Shakes, Fries, and Hamburgers in Moab. We’ll kick in a few Utah hikes and bike rides to work up an appetite and then we’ll tuck in a few paper napkins under the collars of our t-shirts and won’t say a word for however long it takes for our bellies to become full. With Milt’s, those burgers are so good we may have a few and a few more after that. Remember, it’s not polite to talk with your mouth full!
Quote of the Week: “A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal. Pat Conroy
Ahh, Springtime in the Rocky Mountains. One day it is warm and beautiful… The next day it is cold and snowing and still beautiful. Ski Haus employee, Doug Steadman, recently was at the top of the Steamboat Ski Area – Mount Werner. His bundled up face and the wintery background says it all. Brrrr! Make some turns and warm up! That was great – let’s make another lap! Who needs sunshine and warmth when the skiing is so fantastic! Well, we’ll see what tomorrow brings – it’s Spring afterall.
Photo: Doug Steadman
Quote of the Week: “To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.” George Santayana
April through May, Utah, becomes a home away from home for hundreds Colorado mountain dwellers. Here is a photo from James Koch, Ski Haus Bike Shop Manager, and a couple friends of the store’s, Scott Leoppert and Scott Godsil, on a ride to Porcupine Rim. This is classic Moab. Sunshine and shorts with low clouds and maybe some snow in the La Sals. Red dirt and snow capped mountains. Sage and sandstone. Big rides and bigger vistas. Perfect.
Photo: James Koch
Quote of the Week: “A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.” Edward Abbey,
It’s the little things in life that give the most pleasure. Simple signs of Spring are such a thing. Catkins coming on strong in aspen trees while snow is still several feet deep gives the heart and mind a lift. First sightings of Blue Birds, Robins, Red Tail and Thompson Hawks, Sandhill Cranes make you look twice… how is it they can arrive so early and still find enough to eat? The Yampa River has been open for a few weeks now but the creeks running from higher elevations are now beginning to open. The first signs of the runoff taking hold. Overnight temperatures may or may not dip below freezing. This mild morning air lets you fill your lungs full with air saturated with humidity mixed with the aroma of mud. How is it that all this lifts the heart? The changing of the seasons from Winter to Spring is a simple overwhelming pleasure.
Quote of the Week: “Every spring is the only spring, a perpetual astonishment.” Ellis Peters
Blue sky and deep snow. The quiet sounds of the backcountry. Skiers sliding forward and climbing up higher and higher in search of turns in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area north of Steamboat Springs. Are there better days? Maybe. But no day will be better than today. Make it good.
Photo: John Wise
Quote of the Week: “There’s only one day at a time here, then it’s tonight and then tomorrow will be today again.” Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1
It is the crazy time of year. One second it is Spring. The next it is winter. One morning it is light. The next it is dark (daylight savings). One day we might have powder day. The next day we’re skiing crust. What’s the best way to cope? Get out in it, of course. Embrace each day as it comes. Enjoy the blue sky. Revel in the dark hanging clouds. Watch. Listen. Enjoy. And be ready to do it all over again.
Quote of the Week: “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” Albert Einstein
This image sums up the Steamboat experience pretty succinctly. Most all the townsfolk do multiple sports all winter long. We alpine ski at the resort. Backcountry ski all over the place. Snowshoe. Nordic ski. Ride Fat Bikes. Ice climb… whew. And then there is tomorrow to think about too. This shot shows a Nordic skier and a Fat Biker at the top of the Quarry on Emerald Mountain. A beautiful day with endless possibilities. Time to get after it!
Photo: Connie McCormick
Quote of the Week: “Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’ Amy Poehler
Patrick and Kevin from Rocky Mountain Ventures invited a few Ski Haus staff members to ice climb frozen Fish Creek Falls the other day. The frozen vertical walls are in perfect shape and the day was ideal. Fish Creek is tucked tightly away from any glaring sunshine so it holds its ice quite nicely. With our mild temperatures recently the day on the ice couldn’t have been better. There is so much to do in and around Steamboat Springs – downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, splitboarding, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, alpine touring… and ice climbing! Click the link above to check out the guide services of Patrick and the Rocky Mountain Ventures crew.
Photo: Pete Normand
Quote of the Week: “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis
The Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour Series – Lake Catamount Touring Center Marathon occurred a week or two back. We finally received some pics from the race. The racing was a blast. The 2k, 5k, 10k and 20k skiers all made the finish line on a fast track that skied really really nice. The skiers who signed up for the 40k enjoyed that first great lap but got worked over a bit on the second lap by Her Highness (Mother Nature) with fresh snow on the track (the result was slow skis) and low visibility (tough to see). But by golly, those 40k skiers shared resolve, endurance, and strong sense of accomplishment when it was all said and done. Thanks to all who participated and volunteered! See you next year!
Photo: John Foster
Quote of the Week: “The sky is not my limit…I am.” T.F. Hodge
The Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour Series continued last week with our Full Moon Fat Bike Race held at the Lake Catamount Nordic Center. Some 30 riders showed up to ride their bikes over a 14k course that included lots of hills, corners, and wind drifts! We had a pretty good winter storm roll over Steamboat the morning before the ride… that in itself wasn’t too bad but the wind that followed the exiting storm turned a pretty predictable fat bike course into an adventure! No way did that stop the riders enthusiasm for the night or the ride. Afterwards everyone enjoyed a burger and a beer or a glass of wine or water… everyone like the idea of replenishing those lost carbs! Like to give this Full Moon race/ride a try? You have another chance coming February 17, 2016 at 6pm. Sign up at Ski Haus, Lake Catamount, or www.webscorer.com. See you there!
Quote of the Week: “Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward.” Drew Houston
The 2016 Ski Haus Classic Race went off with great success yesterday (1.17.16). Over 100 skiers showed up to race, tour, and enjoy the company of fellow Classic skiers. The video shows the mass start under snowy skies. Under normal conditions, skiers chose between 2k, 5k, 8k, and 15k distances. Saturday night in snowed huge in Steamboat Springs and the 15k was smothered in deep deep snow – so much snow that the Lake Catamount Nordic Center was unable to groom the long course. Everyone was completely understanding and skied the other three shorter distances without complaint. Overall the day was fantastic and everyone enjoyed the post race feed of doughnuts, coffee, and hot chocolate. Keep on striding skiers! (Don’t just skate ski). Up! Up! Up! and see you next year!
Video: Noah Heckel
Quote of the Week: “If you’re going to be tough… you had better be tough!” Anonymous
There is all kinds of skiing. Name your passion. Downhill skiing at the ski area. Telemark or Alpine Touring skiing in the backcountry. Skate and classic skiing at the Nordic Center. Backcountry skiing. And of course, there’s Ranch Skiing, too. Ranch skiing is a favorite. Those who get to ski the Back 40 say it is their most favorite kind of skiing. Those who only get to do it occasionally with their ranching buddies concur with it’s uniqueness . Big valley views. Solitude. Quiet. Harmony. Peace. If you get the chance don’t pass it up thinking it’s too tame or not enough excitement. Life’s simple pleasures are harder and harder to experience as life’s pace increases. There is much to be said for life in the slow lane or, in this case, a sauntering cross country pace at the ranch.
Quote of the Week: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Albert Einstein
We call this Steamboat Happy. It started snowing around December 12 and it feel like it has been snowing ever since… One winter storm after another has left the Holiday Gift of deep snow for all the skiers and riders in the Yampa Valley. The Ski Haus Tucker (our mascot) shows the cumulative effect. Keep it coming please… Keep it coming!
Quote of the Week: “When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.” Lady Bird Johnson