Thanksgiving 2013. Live Thanksgiving 365 days of the year. That should sum it up pretty nicely…
Quote of the Week: “To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do.” Victor Hugo
Bentley, the dog with his tennis ball or is it Wilson with his dog Bentley? Either way, snow has been flying, dogs have been chasing, chainsaws have been bucking, and winter is staying. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Enjoy the season!
Quote of the Week: “Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Sigh There’s so little hope for advancement.” Charles M. Schulz
Red sky at morning sailors take warning (skiers revel in the wive’s tale of an impending winter storm). Red sky at night sailor’s delight (and skier’s look to the horizon for the next winter storm). This red sky at morning led to a foot of fresh snow falling overnight last Saturday night. The skiing up on Rabbit Ears Pass has been really really fun. Lots of folks have been commenting on how it feels like midwinter up there. Lots of snow and and cold temperatures… So the next morning sunrise you see with a bunch of color lighting up the sky… reach for your skis, reach for your wax kit, and get on up there!
Quote of the Week: “Do not say, ‘It is morning,’ and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.” Rabindranath Tagore
Seeing a bear in a tree around here is not unusual. Seeing a skate skier up a tree is another story. In search of the perfect GoPro camera angle I convinced Ski Haus employee, Kevin McGarity, to climb up a tree along Bruce’s Trail up on Rabbit Ears Pass. “OK,” he said. It wasn’t a hard convince and once the GoPro was secured in the tree it did provide a fun and unique angle for the shot we were after… All in the name of good fun we say. All in the name of good fun!
Quote of the Week: “When he worked, he really worked. But when he played, he really PLAYED.” Dr. Seuss
No one is surprised that it has been snowing so much this past October and early November. Living in the mountains of northern Colorado you know to expect the unexpected. Having said that – everyone has been surprised at how much snow has fallen this past October and early November. Our good friend and former Ski Haus employee, Todd Givnish, surprised himself with a hike up to Gilpin Lake in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area to make a few early winter turns. The snow conditions were fantastic. The scenery was fantastic and so was the day. Here’s two thumbs up to a surprisingly snowy Fall. And the good news is there is more to come!
Photo: Todd Givnish
Quote of the Week: “Man is never out of range of surprises!” Mehmet Murat ildan
One of the best things about Fall is getting ready for winter. One of the most satisfying jobs is collecting heat for the winter. Kara and Rod spent a recent afternoon hunting firewood. Our great friend and mentor, Jim Myers, loves to say getting your firewood keeps you warm several ways. First you have to cut the tree down, buck up the trunk and load it up to get it out of the forest. Second you have to unload it at home. The third time it keeps you warm is splitting it and stacking it and finally it keeps you warm once you get the woodburner fired up! Getting firewood for a long snow filled winter is one of our all time favorite things to do (not to mention the cold beer after a job well done).
Photo: Kara Bove, self timer
Quote of the Week: “Fire is the sun unwindin’ itself out o’ the wood.” Black Swan Green, David Mitchell
The time of year when the seasons change is the most exciting. Summer tries in vain to hang on with warm temperatures. Fall claims most days with wonderful color in the trees, grasses, and sky. And winter just can’t seem to help itself and manages to show itself with not so subtle hints that it is not far away… In fact winter is just up the hill and working its way down to us by the day. Each day over the next few weeks will be different and beautiful and whatever it brings it we will be ready or not. The above image shows Mount Baldy located just east of Steamboat.
Quote of the Week: “Change in all things is sweet.” Aristotle
No one can believe it is September 30th. Our minds say Fall but the delayed color of the season has us thinking September 1st! Not the 30th! The wonderful thing is these days are glorious. Mild temperatures, long shadows. The aspens and willows, cottonwoods and oaks, are slowly making up for lost time. Pretty much all month we had consistent rain and mild temperatures. September made us think of old time summers with afternoon showers and moderate heat. But Mother Nature always has and always will work her miracle of the changing seasons at her own pace and on her own terms. We are left to enjoy what she has in store.
Quote of the Week: “It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.” – P. D. James
Today is the first full day of Fall so, of course, there will be snow. We woke up before first light. It rained all night and the wind blew hard. Perfect for sleeping hard and waking up groggy. Rubbing my eyes as first light brought on the day I wasn’t sure it was snow. Maybe it was a low cloud. Maybe it was an overdose from the Sandman. With a cup of coffee and bit more light it was confirmed. Snow in the high country. Elk bugling in the distance. Wind carrying the aromas of mud, rain and snow. What a perfect first day of Fall!
Quote of the Week: Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. – Hal Borland
Summer’s demise may be a bit premature. Ski Haus bike mechanic and all around nice guy, James Koch, got in a very nice ride up on the pass last week. Summer may take a day off or two around here but you can count on its return. The key is to take advantage of what Mother Nature gives us each day. On this day, James took full advantage to chalk up another ride and not worry about when the seasons may or may not change. Here’s to the here and now!
Photo: Todd Fellows
Quote of the Week: “Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling. ” James E. Starrs
The first signs of Fall are beginning to appear. The changing of the seasons is at hand. The struggle between Summer and Fall will play itself out day by day. This is a great time of year because the warm days of Summer can still be taken advantage of even as we witness the color changes in the aspen trees above and the ferns below. Ski Haus co-workers and best friends, Connie McCormick and Kara Bove, took advantage of a spectacular day and hiked into the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area just north of Steamboat Springs. Be forewarned. One day it will be sleeveless shirts and dresses and the next might be fleece and rain gear! The one thing you can count on is each day will be gorgeous!
Photo: Self timer.
Quote of the Week: “The leaves fall, the wind blows, and the farm country slowly changes from the summer cottons into its winter woods.” Henry Beston
The view from the back… Ski Haus provided neutral support for the road race during the year’s Steamboat Stage Race. The day was action packed with lots of strong riders and great racing. The day was perfect with only mild winds and moderate temperatures. When you drive support – this is pretty much the view you get but you do get to see plenty of action as guys and gals get shelled off the pack and those with good legs pull ahead for a shot at the podium… Great racing everyone and we look forward to seeing you next year!
Quote of the Week: “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” John F. Kennedy
Well, so long to the USA Pro Challenge. Sunday was the finale and we’ll miss the racers roaring up and around our Colorado roads. Steamboat was lucky to have the Stage 3 finish and the Stage 4 start in our town. We witnessed the high speed descent of Rabbit Ears Pass the blur of jerseys at the sprint finish downtown. What a great and exciting event. We’ve got our fingers crossed that it stays in Colorado for a very long time. This Photo of the Week shows the Peloton cruising past Ski Haus on their way out to Beaver Creek. Good luck and see you next year!
Photo: Shine Atha
Quote of the Week: “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” Ernest Hemingway
A couple of Ski Haus guys went to the Specialized Bikes Dealer Camp in Winter Park recently to test ride a bunch of the new mountain and road bikes for next summer. Peter Sagan has nothing on our own Todd Fellows seen here putting the final touches on his planned celebration for crossing the finish line…
Photo: James Koch
Quote of the Week: “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” Tim Duncan
Some of the Ski Haus staff just returned from the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Utah. The show highlights new and redesigned gear and clothing from all the major players in the Outdoor gear industry. Vendors include Black Diamond, ArcTeryx, Salomon, Osprey, Scarpa, Jetboil, MSR, Big Agnes, Nemo, Salewa, Royal Robbins, and hundreds more… The challenge for our staff is to visit all the vendors we normally do business with and find the small start-ups who have a brilliant idea to help us enjoy the Great Outdoors! Stay tuned for next summer because there will be some terrific new gear and clothing coming to Ski Haus soon!
Quote of the Week: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney
Last week’s photo was on skinny tire road biking – this week’s photo is of extra fat mountain biking. Some of the Ski Haus Crew got together for a ride up Emerald Mountain right here in Steamboat’s backyard. The guys decided to take their mountain bikes with the extra wide extra fat tires and wheels. Usually these bikes are reserved for snow and sand and mud but this day. Roll on big wheels! Roll on!|
Rider: Todd Fellows
Photo: James Koch
Quote of the Week: “Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” Allen Ginsberg
Master Body Geometry Bike Fitter and Mechanic, Corwin Gugle, adjusts the drivetrain of one of the riders on this year’s Tour de Steamboat. Ski Haus has helped sponsor the Tour every year since its inception – 10 years ago. This photo was taken at the Ski Haus Aid Station at the top of Rabbit Ears Pass, the first major climb of the day. There are three distances to choose from – 13 miles, 40 miles, and 110+ miles. The big ride leads you over Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass, and Yellowjacket Pass (a.k.a the Gore Gruel). This year over 700 riders rode the Tour and helped raise money for four local Steamboat Springs non-profits. Ready for a challenge? A goal for next summer? Psych up for the Tour de Steamboat and come out and ride in Northwest Colorado!
Quote of the Week: “Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” William Barclay
When some people hang out it means they aren’t doing a darn thing. This is not the case of Poulter Camp’s Mikey Hall. When he hangs out things get done – like this Tyrolean traverse deep in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area just north of Steamboat Springs. Thanks to Poulter Camps (located here in Steamboat Springs) for sending us this photo. More fun more often in the mountains is how we like to live, see, and do. If you know someone age 9 to 17 who is looking to have some fun the mountains this summer click the link above to find out more. See you out there!
Photo: Andrew Stoller
Quote of the Week: “May your adventures bring you closer together, even as they take you far away from home.” Trenton Lee Stewart, The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
With record heat blistering the Southwest and portions of far western Colorado there is an easy way to keep it cool. Follow the lead of these Ski Haus employees – climb higher! Kara Bove, Marita Fiedler, and Stacey Cannon found Pyramid Peak to be the perfect place, at the perfect time, with perfect temperatures, and perfect clouds decorating the sky. What could be better than this on a perfect Colorado afternoon? The short answer is nothing! See you out there!
Photo: Kara Bove
Quote of the Week: “Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.” – Thomas Jefferson
We love images of big sky. If it is a sunset – all the better. For us these photos represent possibilities. What is the limit to anyone’s achievements? The sky? If that includes all the planets known and yet to be discovered. If it includes the stars we begin our dreams with and the brilliant blue sky of our daydreams… Then we’ll accept those limitations. Get a good night’s sleep, people. Tomorrow is filled with potential!
Quote of the Week: “It isn’t where you came from; it’s where you’re going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald
The Steamboat TV 18 Morning Show is being broadcast live from Ski Haus every weekday morning this summer. Host Mike Polucci will keep us all up to date on what’s happening in the ‘Boat. And of course, Ski Haus staff members will be joining the show to highlight cool product, Ski Haus Specials, and upcoming store events. Nobody knows exactly what will happen during the show… it is live tv afterall!
Quote of the Week: “Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.” Margaret Mead
We’re hoping for a summer of rainbows. The rain drops that helped produce this rainbow were fleeting at best. The good news was that this rainbow formed in the first place. After last summer’s drought everyone in this mountain valley is looking for a bit of relief. We’ve had a nice wet spring with some late snow in May. Now we’ve got our fingers crossed for one of those old-time Colorado summers with afternoon showers going off right at 3:00 pm and clearing by 6:00 pm. Do an afternoon rain dance for us every chance you get. We’ll do the same!
Quote of the Week: “Do not be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upwards.” Vladimir Nabokov
Beautiful blue above and new green all around below. This Memorial Day weekend has turned out to be a beauty in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Not only is this weekend the unofficial kick off to Summer but it actually feels like summer. Temperatures are warming. Southern breezes are pushing light clouds and melting the high country snow. Creeks are up and aspen buds are opening up faster than you see. Welcome to Summer everyone. Enjoy it because it will go fast!
Quote of the Week: “Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” Henry James
We love where we live. Two of our employees decided on a quick hike up Fish Creek Falls Trail to end their day. What a great way to put the day to rest. A secluded trail. Evening light. Good company and bit of wild-ness. One of the highlights was being in the right place at the right time to witness a couple kayakers paddling by… The boaters had the same ideas about ending their day. The only difference was the mode of transportation. And that is our point… filling our days with what makes us happy is advice we will never tire. And taking our own advice to heart is a worthy and daily goal. Be happy out there!
Quote of the Week: “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama
Cam and Ben from Nemo Equipment stopped by Ski Haus last Friday. They drove their tricked-out Jeep all the way from New Hampshire to give the staff a clinic on Nemo tents, sleeping bags, and pads. It was a great visit and needless to say the staff was pretty impressed with their road trip vehicle. These guys are pretty self-contained. The temptation to just drive where ever happens to be next and not check in with the home office is pretty darn tempting… Quick! Someone grab the keys while they’re not looking!
The mountain biking trails around Steamboat Springs are a little bit away from ready but that doesn’t mean there is no mountain biking to be found. A few of the Ski Haus crew went down towards Eagle (lower elevation and warmer temps) and rode some great trails down there. James, Stoller, Ben and photographer Trevyn Newpher took advantage of the perfect day. Dry trails and blue sky have been pretty rare so far this Spring so to hit a perfect day and spin off a few miles should be marked down as extra special. We’re thinking as we slowly grind our way to Summer there will be lots of extra special mountain biking days to come.
Quote of the Week: “It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” Robert W. Service
Photo proof that Spring is coming. A secret stash of rhubarb makes its way up and out of the recently thawed earth. Now good advice says not to rush your seasons. First things first and then so on… First Spring. Rhubarb shows itself. Then Summer. Rhubarb matures. Then the harvest. Pie Season. Can’t wait!
Quote of the Week: “When you die, if you get a choice between going to regular heaven or pie heaven, choose pie heaven. It might be a trick, but if it’s not, mmmmmmmm, boy.” Jack Handy
This photo was taken closing day at the Steamboat Ski Area. Ski buddies Flint, Kara, and Gary, (and of course, Buddy Werner) paused just long enough to capture a fun day and a nice memory. Closing day conditions were fantastic and the northwest snow machine has been pumping snow across our area for weeks now. Since closing day the Steamboat Springs area has picked up tons of snow increasing the snowpack and moisture content. We hope this weather pattern continues for a long time. Maybe our drought is on the wane… We’ll keep our fingers crossed and keep a grateful thought for every bit of moisture we receive. In the meantime… here’s to a really fun winter season and we’re looking forward to the next one!
So long ski season. Steamboat’s lifts closed yesterday so that means anyone looking for easy uphill access in this valley will have to rely solely on their own power. Speaking of power! Ski Haus repair shop tech, Corwin Gugel, uses the power of the Montana Crystal Glide tuning machine to buff into shape one of our customer’s skis. It may be time to think about putting the boards away for the summer… A nice tune now will ensure you’re ready to ride come next season. Have fun hunting the backcountry turns until then!
We aren’t done with winter yet! April is proving to be unpredictable which is just how we like April to behave. Rain and snow, thunder and lightning, sunshine and bluebirds! Take your pick and at some point along the day you will see or hear some or all of these! These aspens will enjoy the moisture that the most recent storm left on their branches (as will we all).
Quote of the Week: “Nature is full of genius, full of divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” Henry David Thoreau
This past Saturday the Steamboat Coureur was held up on Rabbit Ears Pass. This is a 25k or 50k Nordic Race, Ski and Bike Race, or Unicycle Race. The day was a blast with perfect track conditions and a great fielld of participants with nothing on their minds except racing and fun. One of the great things about the Coureur course is skiing through the pine trees at around 10,000 foot elevation. The scenery is spectacular! With a quick glance you can see all the way over to Rocky Mountain National Park, the Rawahs, the Gore Range, and our own Walton Peak. Everyone had a great time and this was a great highlight to wrap up the Nordic ski season. If you missed it the past two years – you should really plan on attending next years race!
First ride of the Season. Jazz and Remington were happy to get out and stretch their legs this week. The boys were sure footed and steady despite some strong wind. As winter moves into Spring and their winter coats get exchanged for shiny and bright… Longer rides will be the new normal.
Hi ho hi ho it’s off to work we go! Gary Dickerson, Ski Haus Repair Shop Manager, works on sharpening a customer’s ski edge. If you live to play – on some days you have to pay. The more you use your skis and boards the more you should maintain them. If your edges are sharp – you stay sharp too!
Snow, snow, come today and don’t go away - we still want to play, play, play! Steamboat Springs has been enjoying the snow machine lately. The winter storms keep rolling through leaving plenty of wonderful snow. The nice thing about this winter besides the consistent snow is the cold temperatures that keeps the snow nicer and fresher longer. The Steamboat Ski Area is skiing very good. The backcountry is skiing very good (be safe the avalanche danger is considerable), the Nordic trails are skiing excellent, and the snowshoers are all having fun too! We only wish the snow will continue through March and into April and, what the heck, and nice May snowstorm wouldn’t bother anyone around here either!
Flowered white obliterate…
Snow…unceasing snow” ― Hashin, Japanese Haiku
We think that if everyone had a view like this to start off their day – the world would be a pretty darn happy place. Well, it’s too bad that is not the case but if you think about it then populations as big as those like New York City’s would be living in placing with views like this and the view wouldn’t be like this any longer. Lots of those people probably consider this view too foreign, odd, peculiar, or unsettling. They probably prefer the city scape views that they live with and those make them happy. Ok, if so, then maybe if everyone is happy with the view where they live why isn’t the world a happier place? Maybe if everyone took a moment and started their day looking at the morning view they had and took that moment to appreciate what they have (friends, family, and loved ones), and what they have to offer (friendship, love, kindness), then maybe the world would be a happier place. Ok – everyone take a moment…
“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Steamboat received some terrific snow the past few days. Over a foot of fresh pow came down just in time for Winter Carnival. What can be better? Fresh Snow. Winter Carnival. It sounds so much like a carefree lifestyle where all it is is play in deep snow, ski, snowboard, play in the Carnival and… oh yeah, someone has to plow and shovel all this fun… Here’s the view from a snow throwing Bobcat. Now don’t get us wrong. Keep the snow coming is all we ask. Winter can last into May if we’d have our preference. For every day of snow-blowing and shoveling there is a day of enjoying the winter high country on our skis or snowboards… Have fun out there and play as hard as you work!
A few of us got a chance to go ski all the new Cross Country skis and boots over at Devils Thumb Nordic Center recently. All the manufacturers were there (Salomon, Fischer, Rossignol, Swix, Alpina, Karhu, Madshus, and Atomic) with new 2013/2014 skate skis and classic skis, boots and bindings, and poles. The day was perfect. It started right at 0 degrees and warmed up to the low 20′s. The snow was good and the wax was fast. We classic skied in the morning and skate skied in the afternoon. It was a full day and we were pretty beat by the end of it. Pictured above are Jessica Collier and Kevin McGarity. What were their favorite skis and boots? You’ll have to come in and quiz them and compare notes!
Here is just a simple photo to get everyone psyched up for the 6th Annual Ski Haus Classic Race slated for February 3rd. Start your Super Bowl Sunday off right with a quick 2k, 5k, 8k, or 15k Classic style ski race. I mean – how can you not be excited? Just look at this classic track! Lake Catamount, where our race has been held each year, lays down some of the best track you will ever ski – hands down – by far – no exaggeration… The Ski Haus Classic Race begins at 10:00 am sharp, Sunday February 3rd. Pre-register at Ski Haus. (Everyone gets a race t-shirt and there is a drawing for prizes right after the race). Zup! Zup! Zup! See you out there. Love the classic!
“The first thing is to love your sport. Never do it to please someone else. It has to be yours.” Peggy Fleming
Christy Borden sent us this photo of her Voile Charger BC skis. She was out skiing some hills west of town the other night and caught this wonderful sunset from on top of her skis. We aren’t exactly sure of the quote but she says her Voile Charger skis are the best skis she has ever had and if she could only have one pair of skis to use for the rest of time… we’ll the Voile Charger would be it. Now we don’t wish ony a single a pair skis for anyone to use but that is quite a statement especially coming from a very accomplished skier like Christy. Here’s to great skis and enjoying great sunsets!
Photo: Christy Borden
“The best thing about the future is it comes one day at a time.” Abraham Lincoln
Ski Haus employees, Gary and Kara, along with Kara’s boyfriend, John, make the best of a great day out back skiing into the Middle Fork of Fish Creek, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The three spent the day harvesting powder and sowing the seeds for next year’s turns, too!
Photo: Gary Dickerson
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt