If there is one thing we love it is snow. With the Steamboat ski area set to open Wednesday, November 26, 2014 (Scholarship Day) the recent snowstorms couldn’t have arrived at a better time. With great snow falling these few days before Thanksgiving, the townsfolk of Steamboat Springs, are feeling blessed. This past weekend Steamboat has received close to 20 inches of snow. Those who live in Buffalo, NY may scoff but the big difference is we live in a place that the snow is welcomed, anticipated, and fills our days with delight. Ullr has come to play!
Quote of the Week: “And finally Winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.” Roy Bean
Snow is a pretty amazing thing. As it falls it can also pile up. It flies and floats and as it drops it can also rise… and get very deep. It can be wet and heavy or light and fluffy. It can break barbwire or it can make that same wire look soft and inviting. We found this round barbwire hanging out and looking all fluffy and white. Snow really is a pretty amazing thing.
Quote of the Week: And finally Winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow. Roy Bean
What a difference a day makes. Sunday was the perfect bluebird day – even for birds of prey. Often we hear people talking about beautiful days especially when they’re talking about the weather. Well, being in the business that Ski Haus is in we feel today is just as beautiful as yesterday. In fact today is the 314th beautiful day in a row. As of this day there are 51 beautiful days left in this year. Today’s weather sure can be different from yesterday – they’re beauty, however, remains the same. Enjoy.
Quote of the Week: We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. Jawaharlal Nehru
Sunrise over Colorado. How can you not be a morning person? Maybe that is all we need to say about this image.
Quote of the Week: “At sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.” Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
“Be that word our sign of parting, bird or fiend!” I shrieked, upstarting—
“Get thee back into the tempest and the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Leave no black plume as a token of that lie thy soul hath spoken.
Leave my loneliness unbroken!—quit the bust above my door!
Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”
Halloween is only a few days away. It seems Mr. Poe always knocks on my door once Halloween night is at its darkest. Trick… or… treat?
Quote of the Week: “It’s said that All Hallows’ Eve is one of the nights when the veil between the worlds is thin – and whether you believe in such things or not, those roaming spirits probably believe in you, or at least acknowledge your existence, considering that it used to be their own. Even the air feels different on Halloween, autumn-crisp and bright.” Erin Morgenstern
Big days in big mountains. Ski Haus Repair Shop Manager, James Koch, took advantage of a very nice day earlier this month to ride the Monarch Crest Trail near Salida. The day was spectacular. The trail is always spectacular even with Mother Nature and Old Man Winter leaving their seasonal calling cards along the trail. This is the time of year when we start counting the days that are left on dirt. Grab your bike and grab your rides the seasons are a changing. The signs have been sent. The warnings should be heeded. Don’t let your opportunity to ride slip by.
Photo: James Koch
Quote of the Day: Enjoy yourself. It’s later than you think. ~ Chinese Proverb
The first snow of Fall fell last week. A few inches of snow coated the high mountains of Colorado. It’s nice to get this early reminder of what is to come. Here is the reminder that winter is not far away. Fall, as much as we wish it would stay forever, will not. The beautiful golds and reds and yellow leaves will give way to a smothering white snow. Here is our reminder that wood needs to be split, garden hoses need to be stored before they become buried, snow shovels need to be at hand, insulating warm layers, hats, and gloves, need to be found for the cold mornings at hand… The to-do list to be ready for winter is endless and winter’s arrival shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone even though it will be. We have had our first reminder. The rest is up to us.
Photo: Shine Atha
Quote of the Week: “Men more frequently require to be reminded than informed.” Samuel Johnson, The Rambler
This picture will take a little sound imagination. Imagine yourself standing behind the lens. Golden aspen leaves are rustling on a soft evening breeze. Across the valley a bull elk is bugling. Another one not too far away is setting up a challenge. A third is high along the ridge above you claiming to be boss in his own right. Down in the thick spruce along the creek an owl is hooting it up preparing for a full night on the hunt and then the setting sun decides to light up the sky with some Colorado color of its own. Color below in the trees. Color above in the sky. Color buffeting the space between your ears. If you have been playing along you should be pretty ready to call it a day and get outside immediately. Enjoy Fall.
Quote of the Week: “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” Willa Cather
Indian Summer is wonderful. After a cold heavy frost in the morning – afternoon temperatures rise until it is practically hot! What is a moose to do when the nearest pond is just a little too far away and some cooling down is essential? Find a convenient sprinkler, of course! Ski Haus staff member, Gary Dickerson, took a break from trying to grow a lawn to playing host to a mama moose and her youngster. The youngin’ seemed to enjoy the cooling waters from Gary’s sprinkler just fine. Ahh, Indian Summer, cool at night, hot all day…
Photo: Gary Dickerson
Quote of the Week:
The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn. John Muir
Ski Haus staff member, Kyle Babcock, brought this image home with him after a few years away up in the Pacific Northwest. Sure, a surf shot might be a stretch for the Ski Haus Photo of the Week considering we live in landlocked Steamboat Springs, Colorado… But we think it shows a real element of adventure everyone can relate to no matter where they live. A few rainshowers off Oregon’s coast and a cold Pacific Ocean didn’t stop this guy from his chance to get out and surf. This image has motivation and passion emanating from all four corners. Too often we say or hear “I didn’t go because it was too hot, too cold, too rainy, too dusty, too hard, too much, too far, too busy, too lonely.” If we waited for perfect we would be living our lives Waiting for Godot. Make your plans, gear up for the conditions, and go with the flow… or tide, as the case may be.
Photo: Kyle Babcock
Quote of the Week: “There are no wrong roads to anywhere.” Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Ski Haus helped run neutral support for the 2014 Steamboat Stage Race. We followed two races and whoever had a flat or a mechanical on their bike Corwin leaped from a still rolling van, grabbed a wheel, changed the flat or adjusted the mechanical ala Tour de France, and pushed the rider back into the race. At times it was crazy, at times it was mayhem, and sometimes it was quiet. It was always fun. What a great event and Ski Haus is happy to help sponsor it. See you next year!
Quote of the Week: “I can think. I can sleep. I can move. I can ride my bike. I can dream.” Bill Walton
One of the major benefits of living where we live is being able to see the stars. It seems the vast majority of people these days spend so much time looking down. Down at their phones. Down at their feet. At the TV… When was the last time you looked up? Especially at night? We only hope it is often and frequently and with wonder… Here is the Milky Way, Scorpius, Antares, Sagittarius, and billions and billions of stars floating high over Colorado skies near Steamboat Springs.
Photo: M. Selleck
Quote of the Week: “Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven, Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Some of the Ski Haus crew just got back from the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City. The show is pretty amazing. Four days inside a huge convention hall packed with every conceivable outdoor brand, new product, new old reinvented product, gimmick, original idea, bad idea, huckster sales man, old friends, confusion, and mayhem in the aisles… It is a ton of work and lots of fun looking and seeing and shopping for next summer’s great new thing. Stay tuned!
Quote of the Week: “Sorry,” [Hamlet] said, rubbing his temples. “I don’t know what came over me. All of a sudden I had this overwhelming desire to talk for a very long time without actually doing anything.” Jasper Fforde, Something Rotten
A hike into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area is a staple around here. The Zirkel is our backyard – it’s only a few miles away. Any chance we have to experience the Zirkel we take it. Ben Brodsky, Ski Haus staffer, took his chance and climbed to the top of Big Agnes. It is always special. The names are so familar to us, Big Agnes, Mica Basin, Gilpin, Gold Creek, Summit Lake, and thousands more… We are familiar with the Zirkel like the back of our hands but each visit is special and unique. Each day hike, rock climb, overnight, or extended backpack trip makes a great memory and reminds us why this is home…
Photo: Ben Brodsky
Quote of the Week: “The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ski Haus bike mechanics, James Koch and Mike McCoy, rode Fish Creek Falls Trail just north of Steamboat Springs after work last week. They caught the perfect ride. Mountain biker and photographer extraordinaire, Trevyn Newpher caught the action in the perfect light, too. The only thing that could have made this any better was for it to last longer. Alas, just as the light of alpenglow fades – mountain bike rides somehow seem to come to an end eventually. Thankfully there is always next time…
Photo: Trevyn Newpher
Quote of the Week: “Bicycles may change, but cycling is timeless.” ~ Zapata Espinoza
What does any sensible person do when town feels like it is overrun with visitors and locals alike. Well, you get the heck out of Dodge is what you do. These folks had the right idea of coolin’ down and ditchin’ the crowds with a little SUP session at Hahns Peak Lake. Don’t look now but your summer weekends are limited and back to school is… The point is to take full advantage of the time you have and enjoy the moment.
Photo: Gary Dickerson
Quote of the Week: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha
Who knows what kind of adventure awaits those who go find one? The adventure may not be anything close to what you had in mind but that is what makes it an adventure! Ski Haus staffers, Kara and Marita, set out for Three Island Lake hoping to cool down in its sweet water on a hot day. Well, a little rain, a little hail, and a little thunder later – lets just say the plan changed. The weather changed. The adventure remained exceptional. The moral of this story is to be ready for anything your adventure wants to change on you at the last second. Be ready for the unexpected. Plan to stay warm and dry and cool and wet or something in between…
Quote of the Week: “Always remember, it’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” Sarah Ban Breathnach
Timing is everything. Sometimes locals get a little jaded when it comes to popular hikes or rides. “Who wants to go there? Everyone goes there.” But it is exactly these popular trailheads that made us think this part of the country would be an excellent place to live. This is some of the most spectacular and fun terrain around. Just because it can be busy and ‘everyone goes there’ doesn’t mean it is any less beautiful or appealing. The trick, as with pretty much everything, is timing. Long time Ski Haus employees, Gary Dickerson and Kara Bove, took advantage of great timing and pawed it up (with some furry friends) to the second falls of Fish Creek. Always gorgeous, always spectacular, always a good time – Fish Creek should not be ignored.
Photo: GD & KB
Quote of the Week: “So, you see, my heart is held forever by this place,” she said. “I cannot leave.” Susanna Kearsley, The Winter Sea
Road trips are not too much fun. Our own Gary Dickerson managed a big road trip last week. Grand Canyon, Zion, Lake Havasu… lots of miles, lots of laughs, and lots of big views. One of the grandest is the photo above. Has anyone seen an image that depicts the Grand Canyon that truly gives it justice? Perhaps that is why we keep going back and back again. Did I really see what I saw? Maybe I need to go back and take another look. Road Trip!
Photo: Gary Dickerson
Quote of the Week: “It’s like trying to describe what you feel when you’re standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon or remembering your first love or the birth of your child. You have to be there to really know what it’s like”. Jack Schmitt
We are admirers of sunsets. How can anyone not be? They grab our attention. They change by the second. They evolve. They make us dizzy trying to take it all in… to the west, look to the east, it’s amazing to the south now. Look over there. Look! Brilliant oranges. Dark greys. Subtle shades of color, that perhaps, have never been seen until that very second. And as the moments change, as Nature’s palette spins and rotates and fades, you’re left with the thought of how amazing it is to end a day with such an overwhelming display of light. And then come the stars…
Quote of the Week: “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher
Life in the ‘Boat. Kayakers and boaters enjoy the C-Hole on the mighty Yampa River that flows right through Steamboat Springs. The Spring runoff has the yumpin’ Yampa flowing high and fast. Flyfisherman will have to wait a little bit for the runoff to drop a little and the water to clear but until then all the boaters in town are loving the flow and surfin’ its waves!
Photo: Gary Dickerson
Quote of the Week: “A good river is Nature’s life work in song.” Mark Helprin
The stars, the sky, and the quaking of aspen leaves. If you ever needed a reminder of why you live where you live take a moment, stand outside under the stars, breath deep, and… listen.
Quote of the Week: “Not just beautiful, though–the stars are like the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.” Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore
5.26.14 Memorial Day
Timing is everything. Every year Rocky Mountain National Park tries to get Trail Ridge Road open for Memorial Day Weekend. And – they allow bike riders to ride Trail Ridge a day or two before they open the road to vehicle traffic. All we can say is this is great. Rod and Shine from Ski Haus were able to take advantage of this opportunity late last week. Riding by snow drifts that can be well over 12 feet high, viewing the spectacular views above treeline, and nailing a truly classic road ride early season – lets see – that’s three thumbs up!
Photos: Rod Schrage and Carol Atha
Quote of the Memorial Day Weekend: “The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” Thucydides
Last week’s photo is a color photo even though it is black and white and grey. Thankfully time does not stand still and neither do hummingbirds for that matter! What a difference a week makes. Temperatures and the Spring runoff are rising. Tree buds are beginning to leaf out and flowers are beginning to flower in the high elevations around town. Who would have believed Spring could be so wonderful…. especially after last week? Spring certainly is a miracle. And so is sugar water that isn’t frozen!
Quote of the Week: “Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.” Doug Coupland
Shocking I say! I’m shocked! Well, that could be what this hummingbird was thinking to himself… Our weekend snowstorm left a few of us a little on the shocked side of Spring. Oh, well. The hummingbird feeder will thaw, flowers will eventually bloom, and warm temperatures will thaw our brains enough for this event to be a distant memory. Around the 8,000 foot level about six inches of snow fell. Our co-worker, Sherry, who lives on the east side of the Continental Divide received around 3 FEET! All things being relative a little frozen sugar water isn’t so bad. Keep your beak up! Warm temps are on the way!
Quote of the Week: “A flash of harmless lightning, A mist of rainbow dyes, The burnished sunbeams brightening From flower to flower he flies.” John Banister
Ducks in a row? Nope how about a cadry of cranes? We’ll go with that. And since we’re in a comparison mode do you prefer big city construction cranes or, in the country, Sandhill Cranes? Given a choice we’ll always go with Sandhills. The harbingers of Spring. They’re amazing birds and we can spend countless hours just watching them and consider that time well spent. Here’s to Spring! Here’s to the return of Sandhill Cranes!
Photo: Kara Bove
Quote of the Week: “I am glad I will not be young in a future without wilderness.” Aldo Leopold
Every year a couple Ski Haus staff members get the chance to attend the Specialized Bike Company University in California. This year Doug and Doc made the trip to the west coast paradise. We’re posting this photo as this week’s photo of the week as cold and snow wind and grey skies dominate our weather. The photo above gives us hope that there is light at the end of the weather tunnel and it’s the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean. If anyone sees Doug out there tell him he needs to come back home to work…
Photo: Doc McCann
Quote of the Week: “California is where you can’t run any farther without getting wet.” Neil Morgan
After a long day mountain biking in Fruita, Colorado the rewards are sweet and refreshing. Ski Haus employees, Kara and Stacey, and their good friend, Jen, from Palisades Colorado enjoy relaxing, refueling, and repeating. Ah, the good life… also known as “Fruita.”
Photo: Kara Bove
Quote of the Week: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain
When considering the list of fun things to do – right at the top is getting a good group together to ski in the backcountry. And it really doesn’t get much better than this… Reese, Kevin, Dave, Kellen, and Michael (Kara, photographer) took full advantage of a wonderful backcountry ski day near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. No crowds. No lift lines. Plenty of turns. Plenty of great snow. Plenty of laughs…
Photo: Kara Bove
Quote of the Week: “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” William Shakespeare
April is an exciting month. The Battle Royale between Winter and Spring seems to take place on a hourly basis. One minute near blizzard-like winter conditions pummel all the poor creatures of the Earth and then a few half hours later Spring bursts through with warming temperatures. Optimism for days without mud are allowed to exist in the mind for at least a few half hours until the next round… It is an exciting time of year. The transition between seasons truly is the most wonderful and exhilarating. Enjoy the show…
Quote of the Week: “There is no season such delight can bring as summer, autumn, winter and the spring.” William Browne
3.31.14Ahh, the desert after months of snow and cold. The dramatic change of seasons experienced by someone snowbound for 5 months can be beyond description. Warmth without having to dress in three or four layers of clothing feels invigorating. Even the smell of dry red dirt and sage is to be savored with each breath as it enters the body. Warmth radiating off the sandstone… desert breezes… heat. Fun stuff. Our own Kevin McGarity sent in this photo of his recent trip to Indian Creek, Utah for a few days of climbing and camping. Now that Kevin is back home it is snowing and that makes the desert dreams all the more sweet.
Photo: Dan M.
Quote of the Week: “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” Oscar Wilde
Our own Stacey Cannon and her friend Carol Bloodworth took the dogs for a sled and skijoring run a few days back. Both human and canine had a wonderful day running up Seedhouse Road and (perhaps less appropriately) Lost Dog Road. Everyone made it so the road’s namesake had nothing to do with the day. Toad, the dog pictured above loves to run and can’t wait for the next outing… neither can Stacey and Carol!
Photo: Stacey Canon
Quote of the Week: “Dogs don’t rationalize. They don’t hold anything against a person. They don’t see the outside of a human but the inside of a human.” Cesar Millan
There is never a dull moment in Steamboat. When we aren’t skiing and riding – well – we’re riding! Our bike shop manager, James, and our shipping manager, Ben, took their snowbikes up Emerald Mountain the other day. The ride up as super nice and conditions were perfect. The ride down was even super nicer! Have you tried a snow bike yet? Ski Haus has Specialized Fat Boy bikes available to test ride. Don’t ever pass up a chance to get out have some fun!
Photo: Ben Brodsky
Quote of the Week: “It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none. ” Snoop Dogg
It’s not officially Spring but between storms we are having some very spring-like days. It’s foolish to squander any day – stormy or sunny – but days like these after a long winter are extra special!
Quote of the Week: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” E.E. Cummings
Sunday Sunset in Steamboat Springs. Such a nice way to call it a day. Is it the sign of an end or a beginning? It’s both for sure. The end of a wonderful day. The beginning of a fantastic starry night and a new day only a few hours away. It can also provide the pause to be grateful for where your live. Everyone around here certainly feels lucky to live in such a beautiful mountain valley surrounded by our beautiful mountains. A Sunday Sunset is a begining indeed.
Quote of the Week: “Go out in the woods, go out. If you don’t go out in the woods nothing will ever happen and your life will never begin.” Clarissa Pinkola Estés
So you want to live in snow country, do you? One of the many benefits of deep snow – besides skiing and riding deep deep powder snow – is how strong your back and arms become from shoveling out so you can go ski run after run of deep deep powder snow. Oh, the irony!
Photo: Kara Bove
Quote of the Week: “A snowdrift is a beautiful thing – if it doesn’t lie across the path you have to shovel or block the road that leads to your destination.” Hal Borland
After what feels like weeks of low clouds and low light – Steamboat Springs is experiencing a bluebird day filled with sunshine today. Now don’t get us wrong. Low clouds, winter storms, and deep snow are what Steamboat Springs is all about during the winter. But to keep a healthy outlook on life, a day of sunshine can be pretty effective. Our own Connie McCromick sent in this photo to us. She knows how to not waste a day… Break out the skis, strap on the snowshoes, ride your board, and enjoy it while it lasts… More low clouds, a winter storm, and fresh snow is in the forecast for Wednesday!
Photo: Connie McCormick
Quote of the Week: “Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren’t enjoying today’s sunshine.” William Feather
The 100th Annual Winter Carnival in Steamboat Springs is taking place this week. This is a great time in Steamboat when the community gets together to celebrate our winter heritage. Fireworks, skijoring, ski jumping, chariot races, the lighted man, and lots and lots of fun in the snow. We love this picture and the one just below it. 34 mph! Yeehaaaaw!
Photo: Kara Bove
Quote of the Week: “What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America
A few of the Ski Haus Crew attends the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City twice a year. Summer show and winter show. The typical show has tons of craziness in the aisles as you try to hustle from one appointment to another or – if you have a little free time you get to loiter in the aisles and make it hard for the others to get their appointments! Ok, not really… There is craziness in the aisles and there is always fantastic new winter product to order for our customers for next winter in the booths. And, of course, it is always great to come home after travelling… just saying.
Quote of the Week: “…there ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
One of our favorite pictures from the Ski Haus Classic XC Race (January 19, 2014). To us this photo shows young skiers learning and loving a new skill, it shows youthful exuberance, the spirit of competition… and, most importantly, friendship. We couldn’t have asked for a better day or track conditions. Nor could we have asked for a better group of skiers to sign up and race and ski the classic race. We had youngsters skiing the 2K course and oldsters powering around the 15K course to the best of their abilities. Fun was had by all… thanks to all you volunteered, raced, and showed up just to participate. See you next year!
Photo: Nick Rose
Quote of the Week: “Friendships born on the field of athletic strife are the real gold of competition. Awards become corroded, friends gather no dust.” Jesse Owens
We call these Routt County Corndogs. Well maybe it is just me that calls these cattails out at the Lake Catamount Touring Center corndogs. Everytime I see them I get the corndog image in my head and then I get real hungry and I ski faster to get home so I can eat and I get even more hunger in my stomach as I ski faster… I can’t win. I do like this image though. The low clouds hanging over Mount Baldy and Rabbit Ears PAss are the last clouds from what feels like a sixteen day storm. We’ve had two days without measurable snow so far this month. Everyone seems to be dragging their bodies around to the next ski session, shoveling session, snowblowing session, plowing session and then ski session again. Our merry misery is self induced. We have received every bit of snow we have asked for – thank goodness. Keep it coming.
Quote of the Week: “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.” Louisa May Alcott
Ski Haus is decked out for the Holidays… Celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year with fun, skiing and riding, and lots of snow! Happy Holidays to you all and make 2014 the very best you can!
Quote of the Week: “We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” Edith Lovejoy Pierce