It’s not much of a photo but it shows what several Ski Haus staff members where up to last week. The semi-annual Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City is a maze of manufacturers looking to sell their products and thousands of buyers looking to navigate their way through to find a hidden gem. And one of the most pleasant surprises at the show is the unexpected gift of meeting a long lost friend and discovering the power of friendship can never be lost. Hidden gems take many forms…
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There is some great skiing north of Steamboat Springs. North Routt County… a bit higher in elevation, maybe a few less skiers, perhaps an extra touch of wildness. The North Routters would have you believe all the above and I guess we agree since we love to ski up there so much. Our own Connie Lewis found herself up there this past weekend and took this great pic of Hahns Peak from Steamboat Lake State Park. From the park the views are truly 360 degrees of fantastic including Hahns Peak, Sand Mountain, Meadon Peak, The Bears Ears, and a large dose of infinity. We wish the ski day would never end…
Photo: Connie Lewis
Quote of the Week: “Mystery has its own mysteries, and there are gods above gods. We have ours, they have theirs. That is what’s known as infinity.” Jean Cocteau
The Yampa River flows through a mix of morning light and sky and land… the current meanders around bends and pauses in eddys and takes it’s pleasure in arriving and pausing and departing at its leisure. Ah, to be a river and go with the flow…
Quote of the Week: “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.” John Lubbock
“I can see my house from here!” The view from the top of frozen Fish Creek Falls, Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Our own Kevin McGarity went up to Fish Creek the other day with Patrick Meyer. Conditions were pretty darn ideal – especially when it comes to climbing ice. Cold. Cold. And cold. Looking down along the creek you can see the footbridge and just up the hill from there is the observation shelter. Just a little perspective for you. Things are always looking up!
Photo: Patrick Meyer
Quote of the Week: “Let us love winter, for it is the Spring of genius.” Pietro Aretino
Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays. Peace on Earth.
Quote of the Week: “I heard the bells on Christmas Day; their old familiar carols play, and wild and sweet the word repeat of peace on earth, good-will to men!” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ahh, the first full day of Winter is here. And Old Man Winter has come home with a storm that banged through the forest knocking down some tall trees, and howling winds that drowned out our valley’s serenading coyotes, and he left his signature calling card – deep powder snow. Despite the dramatic entrance it is wonderful to have him back in town and we hope he sticks around for months to come. We have big plans… sledding, skiing, riding, skating, snowball fights, snow forts and snow caves, snowmen, snow-women, snow-kids, snowshoeing, ice climbing, and… then there’s tomorrow, too!
Quote of the Week: “You can’t get too much winter in the winter.” Robert Frost
It’s funny being human. And when we can stand back and chuckle at ourselves (myself) it is all the better. After a wonderful start to the winter with incredible November snowstorms, Steamboat and the Yampa Valley experienced a rain event. Rain Event is a meteorological term for disaster. It wrecked havoc on our great snowpack and produced an almost never before seen crust/ice layer. Ok, that was the past and the crust slowly moderated over a couple weeks with warm temps and sunshine. Skiing and riding were ok. Our townsfolk kept repeating to one another that “it will snow – it always does” with a hint of doubt. I heard the tone of concern even from some old timers who really should know better. Without making a short story too long – this past weekend we had a wonderful winter storm roll in. Our crusty icy ‘snow’ is no longer. The doubt has been replaced with a sigh of relief and quite a few “I told you so’s.” And so it is. Fresh snow has fallen. Skiing is back to how to we love it and it feels like a gift. Thank you Ma Nature. We never doubted you for a second.
Quote of the Week: Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.” Voltaire
I never tire of seeing the Flat Tops or being deep within these mountains. The wilderness area that exists inside these crazy mountains gives me solace. I never tire of seeing the Flat Tops because they are ever changing. Light and darkness and shadow and cloud present a new perception of these mountains and often it feels as if I’m seeing them for the first time. Familiarity does not breed contempt. I am familiar with the feeling of something new here and constantly changing. How is it that mountains as old as the Flat Tops can do this? Pretty darn amazing…
Quote of the Week: “Change always comes bearing gifts.” Price Pritchett
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