It is amazing what you will see when you give yourself the opportunity. This high soaring bald eagle put on quite the display over Spirit Lake, deep inside RMNP. No one else was around. Had my friend and I not been where we were when we were there we would have missed out. The eagle would have missed out on two very appreciative hikers (This eagle was a bit of a show off letting us know it was an expert flyer and we weren’t). The mountains would have been extra lonely without the three of us. We enjoyed the grand display, the mountain scenery, and were especially grateful for the opportunity we gave ourselves at being in the right place at the right time!
Quote of the Week: “Don’t wait for the right opportunity: create it.” George Bernard Shaw
If you were here at the time this photo was taken you would be experiencing the almost full Harvest Moon rising over Mount Craig in Rocky Mountain National Park. You would be hearing the East Inlet Creek softly whispering a lullaby, a bull elk bugling his love song, and a cold breeze drifting down from the high peaks slowly bending the crisp grasses of the season. Could there be a better moment in time?
Quote of the Week: “National Parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American. Absolutely democratic. They reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Wallace Stegner
Can there be a greater season? Autumn brings golden change to the high country around Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Brightness even on a cloudy dark day. This year we are especially ready for a change in seasons and a new weather pattern. Too hot, too dry, and too smokey will soon be replaced with cool to cold mornings. Frost on pumpkins, gold and red leaves dancing with the wind, cold fronts, and finally, snow will give us a sense of relief. Ahh, Autumn, really the greatest and most beautiful season of them all!
Quote of the Week: “Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go.” Unknown
Ahh, to see the world from a Red-tailed hawk’s point of view. The vision, the patience, the high soaring flight… Well, envy will only take us so far so with that thought we’ll just let our imagination take flight with this hawk. Let’s fly!
Current fire restrictions in place for Routt County and the Routt National Forest. Ignorance is not an excuse. Know the fire restrictions (and covid guidelines) for the area you plan to visit. It is incredibly dry out there. Keep it green! And remember, only you can prevent wildfires!
Quote of the Week: “Anyone can see a forest fire. Skill lies in sniffing the first smoke.” Robert A. Heinlein
Living in the arid west and currently experiencing “abnormally dry” conditions in our area has us loving every drop of rain that might come our way. Yesterday’s rain was amazing and mesmerizing. The rain came in slow and quiet. There was little to no lighting and thunder. The sight and sound of rain falling, the low smothering clouds masking the high ridges of our valley, and of course, the aroma of rain is wonderful. The afternoon monsoon showers have been very hit and miss for us this summer so any chance to get to be outside in it… take it!
Quote of the Week: “The dearest events are summer-rain.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
The comet Neowise streaks across Colorado’s night sky. The night sky is such a beauty. There is no reason to end your day once the sun sets. As comets, shooting stars, and the Milky Way appear the beauty only increases. Your senses sharpen. As your eyes adjust your hearing also adjusts to the quiet. The critters of the night pad around softly. Running water. Soft winds. It is all too glorious not to get out occasionally to witness it. And with a comet around there is no better reason! Get out in the dark tonight!
Quote of the Week: “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly colored than the day.” Vincent Van Gogh
July starts with its very own fireworks show on the ground. The wildflowers are going off in the valleys and mountains surrounding Steamboat Springs. Paintbrush, daisies, columbine, lupine, wild roses, phlox, orchids…they are all in full display. The one who saunters through his or her day will pause and appreciate the beauty of each and everyone. Take the the time to pause and enjoy!
Quote of the Week: “Flowers are the music of the ground. From earth’s lips spoken without sound.” Edwin Curran
A tiny crescent moon drops slowly to the horizon. The little moon has big aspirations to become the Full Buck Moon of July. We bet that it will make it. And that makes us think back to January 1st and New Year’s Resolutions… How are they coming or have they been placed on the back burner waiting for a blue moon. Either way we will enjoy the light shining from this moon as it becomes full.
Quote of the Week: “The moon rested right above the mountains, a place I call home.” Daniel Wallock
Father’s Day is fast approaching. Dads are so incredibly important to our lives. My Dad recently past and as I was talking about that with an acquaintance the inappropriate question of “did he leave you anything” was said. I knew what he was asking but my immediate reply was “Yes, he left me with a lifetime of great memories.” Thanks Dad. Happy Father’s Day.
Quote of the Week: “Lately all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.” David Zevin
It has been a few weeks since we posted a new photo of the week… covid-19 kinda interrupted things a bit for us. The good news is Ski Haus is open again and we’re hoping everyone is excited to get out of the house, breath some fresh air, and watch the May’s Full Flower Super Moon set on all this virus stuff. Ski Haus is open with safety precautions in place. Masks are required, social distancing is required. Washing your hands is required… and having a bit of fun is required as we transition away from “stay at home” to “safer at home,”Be safe ya’ll and take care of each other!
Quote of the Week: “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Margaret J. Wheatley
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