Ski Haus staff member, Mathew Alford, found himself way up on Hahns Peak this past weekend for an overnight bivvy. With the sun setting and stomach rumbling the next best thing is logical. Feed yourself. Far from roughing it, the night’s menu offered lasagna and cheesecake, and oh, yeah, a great view, a wonderful sunset, shelter, and warmth. Lets call this a day stripped down to its basics. Pretty darn nice.
Photo: Mathew Alford
Quote of the Week: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci
This photo was contributed by one of our Ski Haus Liquor Store employees about a week back. The snowdrifts and snowbanks are very impressive this year. If you are holding your breath to hit the high country sooner rather than later then our advice is to breath in and out and calm yourself. It really looks like the traditional opening of the high country around the first of July will hold very true this year. In the meantime, get in some gravel and road rides. Find lower elevation trails in western Colorado and the desert of Utah… get that heart rate up in a good way!
Photo: Chad Leusink
Quote of the Week: “If the timing’s right and the gods are with you, something special happens.” Rick Springfield
The Photo of the Week is of the Soup of the Day. Low clouds, rain, snow, graupel… take your pick. This kind of soup is always welcome where drought is only a short dry spell away. Bust out the raingear, find a cozy fleece, and get out and enjoy the day!
Quote of the Day: For the man sound of body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every day has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously. George Gissing
Spring in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is wild and wonderful time of year. Sunrise and sunset tell the tale of either impending snow or intermittent warming sunshine. The dramatic swings in weather are beautiful to witness. Our overloaded senses try to take it all in… new green sprouts of growth peek up from a fresh coat of snow, strong low pressure winds send ice pellets, graupel, and snow sideways against our bodies, the roll of thunder is a sudden sound of surprise not heard for months, and returning geese and cranes trumpet their pleasure at such wildness. Spring in the Rocky Mountains is to take pleasure in every turn of light and temperature.
Quote of the Week: “Cherish sunsets, wild creatures and wild places. Have a love affair with the wonder and beauty of the earth.” Stewart Udall
Winter and Spring must be best friends because they share so many days together. These days our weather changes from one season to the other in a matter of hours or even minutes. One moment may require a hat, gloves, and a down sweater and the next moment layers are being shed as blue sky and sunshine dominate. No one is complaining. What good would that do? This is living in the mountains. Embrace each and every day you are given. Go for road ride in the snow. Tour your BC skis through a manky day on the pass. Mud season is a great season all in itself.
Quote of the Week: “The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.” Chris Pine
The 4th Annual Rabbit Ears Pass Marathon was held this past Sunday April 7, 2019. The race is hosted by the Steamboat Nordic Council and it is always a great event. This year the day couldn’t have better. A brief snow storm rolled over Rabbit Ears Pass the night before but at the start of the race there was nothing but blue skies and happy Nordic skiers. Skiers chose between 17k and 34k distances. The course is groomed by Steamboat Snowmobile Tours and here is a huge thank you to SST for accommodating this great event on a beautiful course!
Quote of the Week: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb
Saying goodbye to Winter is always filled with melancholy. Sadness at witnessing such a great winter go by the wayside and a lifting of the heart as warm aromas of pine and spruce and wet snow signal Spring’s arrival. It’s inevitable. Winter is on the wane. All that is left for us lovers of the fourth season is take advantage of the snow that remains. Find the deep snow and ski and ride it whether it is frozen solid like a sidewalk or sticky slush filled with snow snakes. Remember all the great days this winter gave us. Remember Winter’s cold bracing your face and the storms that swayed tall trees to impossible angles and back… Winter came in strong and fresh and now he’s an old man and traveling south. We’ll miss you Old Man Winter. Come back soon.
Quote of the Week: “You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.” E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web)
Look who’s fresh up from hibernation! It appears Smokey Bear survived Colorado’s very spectacular winter. We enjoyed above average snow, not so much wind, lots of mornings with well below freezing temperatures, and all the fun that goes along with winter. We noticed all the ‘Boaters in Steamboat and the Yampa Valley had a very happy attitude this winter – especially since last winter was so bleak with our lack of snow. And that brings us back to Smokey… with the big critters waking up it’s time again to be smart with trash and as the snow melts begin our fire mitigation process. Keep all the bears in the woods safe and be a good human!
Quote of the Week: “Bears are very nice, as long as you are nice to them.” Karl Lagerfeld
I wish I was a better photographer but, nonetheless, here are two photos from the Latigo Ranch Loppet Nordic Race held this past Sunday on the other side of Gore Pass near Kremmling, Colorado (March 3, 2019). Top: Shawn Scholl, from Big Shooter Coffee in Kremmling, helped host the race along with Latigo Ranch owners, Randy and Lisa. The 15k and 30k race course was groomed perfectly. This was my first time skiing Latigo and some of the back hills on the course were stout! Also, one section of the race course meandered through a section of burnt forest from last summer’s Silver Creek Fire. It was surreal to ski through these matchstick trees blackened and marbled by flame. Beauty has many definitions and skiing through this section of forest was beautiful in its own right. The bottom photo is of Latigo’s family style dining room and getting ready for the post race lunch. All in all the ski racing was fun, the venue was idyllic, and the hospitality was second to none!
Quote of the Week: “People will forget what you said, forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
The Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour Series finale was this past Sunday. The Lake Catamount Sprint Marathon was a huge success. We had skiers from top-dog racing elites and four year olds to friends and family out to enjoy a perfect day on the Nordic trails. Here is a hearty thank you to all the skiers who showed great motivation and effort to ski their chosen distance. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped and here’s a big shout out to the groom that Lake Catamount laid down for this event. Thanks Kevin!
Quote of the Week: “We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.” Jesse Owens
One of the nicest XC tours in our valley is skiing along the Yampa Valley through Pleasant Valley and up into Sarvis Creek Canyon. Hearing the open water ripples of the Yampa River gives you sense of Spring even though frosty temperatures hover in the low teens. Mallards, American Dippers, Bald Eagles, Golden Retrievers, Labs, Mutts, Cross Country Skiers, Snowshoers, Snowmobilers going back to fly fish, and walkers all can be seen, passed, and observed. The trail can be packed hard or deep with fresh snow but it is never crowded despite the appearance of the parking lot. Like lots of public trails – Pleasant Valley disperses people and critters very nicely. Looking for a hint of Spring? Pleasant Valley can help.
Photos: MS & CJ
Quote of the Week: “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
This past weekend was Steamboat Springs’ 106th Annual Winter Carnival. This is the oldest, continuous Winter Carnival west of the Mississippi. Needless to say we’re pretty proud of that fact. This is a huge celebration with parades, fireworks, skiers jumping through rings of fire, horses galloping down main street pulling folks on grain shovels and skiers over jumps, the Lighted Man, and of course, THE SKI HAUS TUCKER SNOCATS! Yes, they do run (perfectly) and Ski Haus has featured them frequently in the Winter Carnival Parades and the 4th of July Parades. Pretty darn fun for us and all the folks who come out to watch.
Quote of the Week: “I believe in traditions; I believe in the idea of things being passed between generations and the slow transmission of cultural values through tradition.” Graham Moore
The Cross Country skiers of the Yampa Valley are always grateful for the Lake Catamount Touring Center and the dog trails they provide to us. People love to xc ski. Dogs love to xc ski. And people love to cross country ski with their dogs who love to cross country ski. This is a win, win, win situation! Bentley the Golden Retriever displays his big smile and love of winter!
Quote of the Week: Before you get a dog, you can’t quite imagine what living with one might be like; afterward, you can’t imagine living any other way. Caroline Knapp
The 2019 Steamboat Nordic Camp was this past weekend. What a spectacular couple of days! From beginning skate skiers and classic skiers to Nordic skiers looking to add to their quiver of technique tools to ski farther with less effort… The whole weekend was a success with excellent instructors from across the region and skiers coming from as far as Toronto! This is a wonderful Nordic weekend and shouldn’t be missed. Click the link above to learn more and plan ahead for next year!
Quote of the Week: “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
When the sun is out we dream of it snowing. When it is snowing we continue to dream of it snowing. Two great reasons to live in a snow globe… or at least Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Our friend and co-worker, Karen Vail, sent us this photo of a gorgeous scene on Rabbit Ears Pass doing its best wonderful snow globe impression… life imitating art at its best!
Photo: Karen Vail (Karen also works at Yampatika, a great local organization inspiring environmental stewardship through education).
Quote of the Week: “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” John Muir
One of our best friends from Alaska sent this photo of one of the seasonal workers up there taking in the Holidays and wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Lets hope for lots of fresh snow and cold temperatures for this early 2019 winter… which will give our friend in the photo a nice long and happy life. Best wishes to all for friendship, health, and happiness in the new year!
Photo: Chris M.
Quote of the Week: “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”Ralph Waldo Emerson
Christmas Morning in the Yampa Valley near Steamboat Springs. The day begins with an early morning walk to check out the reindeer prints in the snow, along with fox and ermine, elk and moose, rabbits and golden retrievers! Bentley, the dog needs a little work on his snow angel technique but he has fun… so do the human critters having their way lit with holiday lights. And so it goes, Christmas and the Holidays in the Yampa Valley… Peace and goodwill to all.
Quote of the Week: “At Christmas, all roads lead home.” Marjorie Holmes
Ski Haus staff member, Kara Bove, shared this photo from the slopes of Mount Werner recently. Is that just snow falling from aspen trees or perhaps some Christmas magic? It is a magical time of year… Happy Holidays! Enjoy!
Photo: Kara Bove
Quote of the Week: “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale