The Full Worm Moon (March’s Full Moon and Super Moon) setting during a fading snowstorm. March is a crazy weather time of year up in the mountains of Colorado. Winter kicks in leaving cold winter snow followed by a day of sunshine. Temperatures rise into the lower 40’s and suddenly it’s melting and mud and worms appear. Spring… Winter… Winter… Spring. The only thing to do is let Mother Nature have her way and make the most of every day… Whether it is Winter or Spring!
Quote of the Week: The course of the seasons is a piece of clock-work, with a cuckoo to call when it is springtime.” Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742–1799), translated by Norman Alliston, 1908
This past weekend Latigo Ranch held their annual Latigo Loppet XC Race. Close to 50 skiers signed up to ski either the 15k or 30k course. The course is beautiful, the grooming fantastic, the hospitality first rate. Everyone had a wonderful time sharing their experience at the terrific lunch right after the race. If you have never skied at Latigo you should make plans. If you have never entered a Cross Country Ski Race you should consider it. Do your best, have fun, and participate in the community of cross country skiers!
Quote of the Week: “You go from having fun doing something to having it become your life without you realizing it.” Nicolas Jaar
The Catamount XC Sprint Marathon was this past weekend. 142 cross country skiers signed up to race and ski the 2k, 5k, 7k, 14k, and 28k distances. Conditions were challenging with light snow and flat light. Everyone met the challenge, skied hard, finished strong, and had stories filled with adventure at the finish. This race concludes the 2020 Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour Series for this year. We hope to see everyone again at these fun events next season!
Quote of the Week: “Challenges are what make life interesting. Overcoming them is what makes them meaningful.” Anonymous
The Ski Haus Classic XC Ski Race has held this past February 2nd at the Catamount Nordic Center. We had close to 100 skiers sign up and ski the perfectly groomed track. The weather was ideal. The course was fun. And all the skiers who rallied up for the very crisp 10am start had a blast. It was a perfect morning! This was the third event in the Pleasant Valley Race Ride Tour Series hosted by Ski Haus and the Catamount Nordic Center.
Quote of the Week: “Perfection cannot be defined or seen; it can only be found in your heart.” Kelly Millar
The Steamboat Springs Nordic Camp sponsored by The Nordic Link, Ski Haus, Lake Catamount Touring Center, The Steamboat Touring Center, Salomon, Fischer, Rossignol, Siwx, and Toko was held this past weekend. Everyone had a really great time.
The camp is two days of nordic classic or skate technique. Never-evers, want-to-get-betters, those who want to learn something new, and even skiers who just want to refine a developed technique get together to share the learning experience.
We can’t express enough how pleased we are to be involved with this great event. Plan on attending next year!
Quote of the Week: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Zig Ziglar
Winter storm clouds are a constant wonder. They signal snow on the way with “Mare’s Tails.” They come in, heavy with snow, smothering mountain tops and high passes dropping their fresh wintery bounty. And when they leave – they leave in dramatic fashion – bending light and dropping feathery light snowflakes in their wake. Storms and light are mesmerizing and we always anticipate the next arrival of a great winter storm.
Quote of the Week: Every moment of light and dark is a miracle. Walt Whitman
“We only skied Rabbit Ears Pass.” We hear that sentence a lot. We often hear it said as if skiing Rabbit Ears was nothing special… We couldn’t disagree more. Rabbit Ears Pass is a world class winter wonderland. To have this right out Steamboat’s front door is about as special as it gets. We talk to folks every day in Ski Haus who would give anything to live in a place that had something even close to this.
Our hope is that no one takes any place, any person, or any outdoor activity for granted. We hope that no one ever lives in a place that they don’t feel the uniqueness and beauty of where they are… We love it when we hear, “We skied Rabbit Ears and it was wonderful!”
Quote of the Week: “There is absolutely nothing that can be taken for granted in this world.” Robert Anton Wilson
Ahh, October xc skiing on Bruce’s Trail on Rabbit Ears Pass. Nothing is better. When you get a chance to be on snow skiing up on the pass in October you count your lucky stars. This is a jump start on the rest of your winter season. Here is the chance to establish good winter habits early while the valley below is still pretty dry and road biking season. Switch it up. Grab the skis. And go find your Nordic roots on Rabbits Ears Pass. Winter is back home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado!
Quote of the Week: “You don’t get lucky while sitting in the sofa with arms crossed doing nothing. You can be lucky only when you are prepared.”
When you find yourself experiencing a perfect day with outstanding scenery sometimes the only response is to raise your arms and try to take it all in. That is exactly what mountain biker, Alexis Barnes, did on the Flash of Gold. An ideal Autumn day, spectacular Fall colors, the perfect trail, and wonderful companionship all add up to an arm raising celebration of life in the mountains around Steamboat Springs. Flash of Gold Trail. Buffalo Pass, Colorado.
Photo: Chad Leusink
Quote of the Week: “I am willing to create the life I desire.” Anonymous
Find the biker… Autumn is our favorite time of year to mountain bike. Actually it is our favorite time of year to do pretty much everything. The colors of the season are in their glory and the beauty is almost too much to take in. The temperatures are brisk in the morning and a cozy warm in the afternoon sunshine. The stars seem to shine an extra bright at night and everything just seems right. Chad Leusink from our Ski Haus Liquor Store sent us this photo which has us very anxious to get out and ride! Enjoy!
Photo: Chad Leusink
Quote of the Week: “Take your time, don’t live too fast, Troubles will come and they will pass..” Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lyrics from Simple Man
We know… we sound like a broken skipping record on the turntable repeating ourselves on how much we love Autumn. Our hearts beat a little faster as the leaves changes from summer green to Autumn gold and red. We layer up with flannel or fleece to keep out the morning cold. The sun’s angle created new shadows that make familiar ridge tops look brand new as if never seen before. On our hikes we stop often to just stand quite and feel the new season settling down around us like as leaves tumble and float to the ground around us. Autumn is exciting with its change. Enjoy daily!
Photos: Top – Chad Leusink. 2nd – M. Selleck
Quote of the Week: “If a year was tucked inside of a clock, then autumn would be the magic hour.” Victoria Erickson
The Harvest Moon calling it a night… This is such a special time of year. Autumn can’t arrive fast enough or linger long enough. This is the shortest season of the four and arguably the most ideal. Temperatures are not too hot or too cold. The changing angle of the sun creates new shadows and light not seen for a year making familiar views feel new. Early morning frost and afternoon rain showers begin to play out the tug of summer against the coming of winter… Welcome Autumn, we’ve been expecting you.
Quote of the Week: “Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” Stanley Horowitz
Ski Haus Manager, Doug Steadman, tops off a perfect day by riding Pioneer Trail up on the Steamboat Ski Area’s mountain trails. The views from the top are spectacular of the Yampa Valley and with the sunsetting – let’s just say this is the plus in a A+ day.
Photo: James Koch
Quote of the Week: “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T.S. Eliot
A day off in Steamboat Springs is a day on! Chad Leusink spent his day off around and in Dumont Lake on Rabbit Ears Pass. He first mountain biked the Base Camp Road loop back to Dumont and then a SUP session. Chad’s cautionary note is there were plenty of sheep and sheep dogs close to lake. A bit of caution needs to be taken when you’re around the sheep dogs – they are very protective of their flock! (as we are very protective of our days off!)
Photo: Chad Leusink
Quote of the Week: “In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” Charlie Brown
With our persistent Spring sending us snow on the Summer Solstice and consistent rainfall throughout June… Summer felt like it was never going to arrive. The wild thing is now that the dog days of Summer have hit the lower valleys, Summer has arrived in the high country. The wildflowers are blooming with enthusiasm, all the trails have melted out and are dry, and a day spent up in the mountains feels wonderful. It’s August. Kids are going back to school. Don’t miss your opportunities to find Summer up in the high country!
Quote of the Week: Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars. Henry Van Dyke
Mica Basin in the Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area north of Steamboat Springs is pretty much on everyone’s favorite list. The great thing about it is that frequently you will find yourself being the only one there. And so was the case when Brandon Holmes and his dog Blue went up to see what there was to see. His report back? Paradise.
Quote of the Week: “Wherever my travels may lead, paradise is where I am.” Voltaire
Three photos for the price of one! Here are some images of last weekend’s Tour de Steamboat 100 mile Gravel Gruel. Top: Riding along, singing the same ‘ol gravel song. Middle: Pedaling past the Silver Creek burn scar. You can still find beauty even when things look tough. Plenty of new growth and wildflowers showing huge contrast against the char. Bottom: Photos never show steepness too good. This is part of the climb off Buffalo Park Road up Forest Road 250. A couple riders can be seen near the top. Overall, what a great ride and great support. Thanks Tour de Steamboat!
Quote of the Week: “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
7.3.19The number one reason to be outside? Outside is where we all feel the best! The number 2 reason to be outside? Sunsets. Ok, maybe sunrises could be #1 or #2. And Summer flowers are right up there at the top of the list. And hiking and camping and biking… Ok, this isn’t a scientific poll on the best reasons to be outside. Perhaps we were just looking for a creative caption to another incredible Colorado sunset. We hope you were outside to catch this recent stunning end of the day sunset!
Quote of the Week: “Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
7.1.19What a long strange trip June has been. Northwest Colorado has gotten so used to going from winter to drought that we’ve forgotten what an old-time spring feels like. As most of us know June was very rainy and very snowy. That has caused a bit of a slow start to the mountain biking season. Don’t get us wrong – no one is complaining – but as of this weekend we are seeing the slow progress of the sun work it’s magic on the mountain. We’re getting green. We’re drying out. And mountain biking season is slowly working its way up into the high country.
Photo: Chad Leusink
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
5.28.19Does anyone remember this? This is what blue sky and sunshine look like. It has been a long strange trip this Spring with very consistent rain and snow. Which is a wonderful thing. Steamboat has had its share of smokey hazy skies the past few summers so all the moisture we’re receiving this Spring is a blessing. However… a day of sunshine has been long and far in-between. Fortunately, we did have one last week and fortunately Chad Leusink, Ski Haus Liquor Store staff member, was able to get out and enjoy it. Here’s a shot of his snowboard tracks on Mount Werner in the Steamboat Ski Area. Smooth, buttery, and ideal… Spring!
Photo: Chad Leusink
Quote of the Week: ““The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.” Henry Ward Beecher
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